HSE's secrecy errors over breaches of GM release consents

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has refused to disclose the identity of companies which have breached their consents to release genetically modified (GM) crops. The decision, which will do nothing to build public confidence in official oversight of the biotechnology industry, was made under the wrong rules, misapplied the rules that were used, went against practice under other environmental protection regimes - and shows how some authorities are evading legislation on access to environmental information by not organising their records in anticipation of requests for information.

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