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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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How to Mend the Conservation Divide - Conservation used to seem pretty straightforward: set aside tracts of nature and they will take care of themselves. It is not so simple anymore. Nature left unmanaged is changing in surprising ways because of the great and accelerating human influences of what is being called the Anthropocene — the new epoch of climate change, species movements and global-scale land-use change. Today, keeping nature functioning the way it did before the Industrial Revolution requires increasingly hard and expensive work.


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