Friday, December 19, 2008

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is keeping secrets

November 18, 2008 - Locked in a government storage room are files that tell the story of a leaking nuclear waste landfill near Barnwell.

But when environmental lawyer Bob Guild asked to see the documents one day five years ago, state regulators only gave him a thin folder.

Landfill operator Chem-Nuclear had persuaded regulators to withhold many of the files, arguing the information included trade secrets. Without the records, Guild lost a court case that could have forced tougher disposal practices at the 37-year-old landfill.

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