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Dirty Secrets Bill

Delegate Fleischauer helped defeat HB 2154 in 1997, which would have allowed corporations to refuse to disclose any information about investigations of environmental accidents. If it had passed, an environmental audit privilege would have been created, whereby compliance with environmental laws would be determined not by an objective investigation by a state agency, but rather by an internal corporation investigation, the results of which would not have to be disclosed to the public. Such investigative reports must continue to be made available to the public because the bill did not pass.

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