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.
Governor’s office reviewing Senate Bill 389, which eliminates state protections for an entire class of Indiana wetlands and reduces other wetland protections, after approval by both houses of the Indiana Legislature.
British researchers found that undisclosed inert ingredients in certain Roundup weedkiller products are highly toxic to bumblebees.
A federal judge ruled that BP's Whiting Refinery in northwest Indiana was legally obligated to remedy the problem and retest emissions but failed to do so.
Amendment to Senate Bill 389 excludes ephemeral streams from state protections, reduces mitigation ratios and provides further exemptions for croplands.
Senate Bill 373 originally set the foundation for a carbon market clearinghouse in Indiana, but could now protect a state-authorized carbon capture and sequestration company from lawsuits.