IDEM Commissioner Bruno Pigott addressed Environmental Rules Board about several bills passed by the Indiana Legislature affecting the agency directly.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has moved to boost inspections and enforcement in environmental justice areas.
House Bill 1191, now Public Law 180, takes away local governments’ power to restrict natural gas or set energy-saving regulations on buildings.
New law removes state protections and permitting requirements for more than half of all state wetlands and weakens protections for most remaining wetlands.
Representatives from more than 100 groups representing tens of thousands of Hoosiers delivered a letter to Gov. Eric Holcomb, asking him to veto a bill that would eliminate state protections for most Indiana wetlands.
Rule would allow individual states to determine the level of standard required to prove industrial polluters were negligent in upholding permitting requirements, potentially allowing special interests to influence local enforcement of federal Clean Water Act permits.
Amendment to Senate Bill 389 excludes ephemeral streams from state protections, reduces mitigation ratios and provides further exemptions for croplands.
DNR conservation officers are investigating the shooting deaths of two juvenile bald eagles near Shelburn.
Decades of “Missed Opportunities” Exposed Multiple Generations of East Chicago Residents to Lead Contamination, Federal Report Finds
HUD Inspector General report finds department failed for at least 30 years to identify threat to West Calumet Housing Complex residents, despite red-flag reports from other agencies.