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65-170g. Disclosure of information; trade secrets; confidential information. Records, reports, data or other information obtained relative to or from sources or potential sources of discharges of water pollutants shall be available to the public except that upon a showing satisfactory to the secretary of health and environment by any person that such records, reports, data or other information would divulge methods or processes entitled to protection as trade secrets under the uniform trade secrets act (K.S.A. 60-3320 et seq., and amendments thereto), then the secretary of health and environment shall consider such records, reports, data, or other information as confidential. Nothing in this act shall be construed to make confidential any effluent data, including records, reports or information and permits, draft permits and permit applications. Any such records, reports, data, or other information considered confidential may be made available to other officers, employees or authorized representatives of the federal, state and local government with responsibilities in water pollution control and additionally may be utilized in any proceeding whether civil or criminal.

History: L. 1973, ch. 256, § 1; L. 1974, ch. 352, § 35; L. 2005, ch. 67, § 5; July 1.

Cross References to Related Sections:

Disclosure and inspection of materials relating to environmental concerns, see 65-102a.

Confidentiality of records concerning air contaminant sources, see 65-3015.


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