Class Year

2015

Date

4-22-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

Politics

First Advisor

Chad McCracken

Second Advisor

Evan Oxman

Third Advisor

James Marquardt

Abstract

Ohio audit privilege and immunity laws authorize private industry to withhold environmental compliance information from the public. By authorizing secrecy of environmental information, Ohio audit privilege and immunity laws come at a great cost to the public. This study examines how these laws serve to undermine federal citizen right to know guarantees, avenues in place for citizen participation and enforcement of environmental law. The purpose of this research is to shed light on how Ohio audit privilege fundamentally conflicts with principles of environmental law. This study also highlights how the secrecy authorized by Ohio audit privilege challenges our conception of democracy and the way in which democratic participation and personal liberty are exercised in the United States. In conclusion, the findings of this research and analysis suggest that Ohio audit privilege should be abolished based on the tenants of environmental law and democratic theory.


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