®: CRE Regulatory Action of the Week
EPA Safeguards Confidential Business Information
EPA has announced that a private contractor, Syracuse Research Corporation, will be given access to the confidential business information of private companies. (See 65 Fed. Reg. 11,777.) The companies are required to report the confidential information to EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act ("TSCA") and the information is supposed to be analyzed by EPA subject to EPA's "TSCA Confidential Business Information Security Manual." EPA's Federal Register notices indicates that contractor's employees will be "briefed on appropriate security procedures" and required to sign nondisclosure agreements.
EPA has instituted an extensive system, reflected in the Security Manual, for tracking the whereabouts of private-sector documents containing CBI. As part of this system, virtually all users of CBI are required to acknowledge in writing that they have viewed a training video and that they understand that they are subject to criminal penalties and loss of employment for violating document security. CRE commends EPA for establishing and implementing such a comprehensive system.
CRE believes that there are two areas where further improvements may be worthy of consideration.
CRE invites all interested parties to submit comments on these issues to CRE's Interactive Public Docket.
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Please click below to submit comments to the CRE regarding the EPA safeguards concerning Confidential Business Information.
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