Montana Senate backs measure to ban DEQ from investigating anonymous tips

2013-02-25T18:45:00Z 2013-02-25T18:45:37Z Montana Senate backs measure to ban DEQ from investigating anonymous tipsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 25, 2013 6:45 pm  • 

HELENA – The Montana Senate has endorsed a bill that would bar a state agency from investigating anonymous tips of environmental violations.

Senate Bill 262 would require people to identify themselves when reporting violations to the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Republican Sen. John Brenden of Scobey amended his bill to allow employees to withhold their names when they blow the whistle on their own companies’ violations.

Brenden says the measure is designed to encourage transparent reporting.

Opponents criticized the bill’s focus on the DEQ and argued the measure would limit the number of people reporting environmental violations.

The bill passed an initial vote Monday 29-21. It will have to pass a final vote before moving on to the House.

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    JacksonB - February 25, 2013 11:00 pm
    Being anonymous is the reason so many cases have been solved over the many years since the DEQ and the EPA set up tip lines, there is absolutely no reason to make it against the law, in fact, it is down right stupid. You don't have to identify yourself to law enforcement to report a crime, you don't have to identify yourself when reporting waste in Government, why in the heck would they enact a law that prevents people from being willing to report environmental violations?
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