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Environmental Secrecy Fight Heats Up

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From: Wayne Pferdehirt (
Date: Wed Jan 29 1997 - 14:03:54 CST

For your info, I am forwarding a message that came across the SBAP
listserv re. concerns being expressed about envir. audit privilege.


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Date: Wed, 29 Jan 1997 12:16:46 -0600
From: "Duncan C. Fowler" <>
Subject: Environmental Secrecy Fight Heats Up

Here is a note from Dean Gotterhrer who used to be the South Central
Regional Director for the Alaska Ombudsman Office and now travels the
globe helping countries establish ombudsman offices.

He thought this might be of real interest to the SBO's

--- From: "Dean M. Gottehrer" <>

>From: Sanford Lewis <sanlewis@IGC.APC.ORG>
>Subject: Environmental Secrecy Fight Heats Up
>January 29, 1997
>Legislation enacted in the last few years in 17 states allows
>corporations an expanded right to keep environmental secrets from
>communities, media and government. Two items of interest were posted
>today on the WWW and otherwise made available.
>1) **Announcement of simultaneous petitions to EPA by state
>environmental, labor and community organizations.** Organizations in
>two states, Colorado and Ohio, are FILING PETITIONS TODAY WITH USEPA
>ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY because "environmental audit privilege" laws
>undermine those states' capacity for effective enforcement.
>2) Anecdote of WMX corporation in Cincinnatti which is currently
>attempting to demand back from a community group information that was
>vital to persuading government to take enforcement action against a
>polluting landfill. Said Reverend Solomon Lundy, a community leader:
>"We local people have a right to this information. To say we
>shouldn't have it, or should give it back to WMX, is like saying we
>should lay down and die."
>The press materials are also available through the Network Against
>Corporate Secrecy: Mike Fogelberg 617 354-1030; fax: 617 492-1635;

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