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SePro Claims Trade Secrets to be Exempt from Full Disclosure
SePro, an Indiana-based chemical company, is scheduled to meet with state environmental regulators and the US Army Corps of Engineers to present a very expensive proposal: Pay us as much as $1.3 million, and we’ll pour toxic herbicides in Jordan Lake in hopes of killing the algae.

But the details of that chemical treatment, which have been viewed skeptically by DEQ and independent scientists, as well as the EPA, could be kept from the public if SePro defines them as trade secrets. Under the state’s Public Records Act, trade secrets are exempt from disclosure if the source documents meet four conditions, most notably that they are marked “confidential” or “trade secret” before a request is made.



 
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