Although in March 2014 the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) already knew that the limit value of hexachlorobenzene (HCB), which is one of the most toxic industry chemicals, was exceeded, it did not publish this information until November 2015. The withholding of this information was justified by the official secrecy. However, according to the Austrian constitution, official secrecy applies only to certain conditions as for example “in the interest of keeping the national security, public safety and order”.
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