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The Planet
What's Cooking in the States

(A definition of takings and audit privilege)

Two of the more common - and virulent - types of anti- environmental bills cropping up in state legislatures are: Takings, or "bad neighbor," bills, which require that taxpayers compensate anyone whose profits may be affected by a law or rule proposed by a government agency; and Audit privilege, or "pollution secrecy," bills, which allow polluters not to publicly disclose breaches of environmental laws, and shield them from prosecution for violations turned up during internal audits.


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