EPA Flyover of Dow Chemical Company

TitleEPA Flyover of Dow Chemical Company
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate Authorsof Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, IIT
Date Published03/1995
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsbusiness , BUSINESS ethics , Trade Secrets
AbstractIn 1978 an aerial photography team from the Environmental Protection Agency flew over and took detailed aerial photographs of the Midland, Michigan plant of the Dow Chemical Company. The Company had no knowledge that this flight was taking place. Prior to the flight, the EPA was conducting an investigation in connection with emissions from the Midland plant for the purpose of deciding whether or not to approve an agreement concerning emissions at the plant between Dow and the Michigan State Environmental Agency. Was the EPA's flyover at Midland morally justified?
NotesCase Study from the 1995 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl
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