Protect Hoosiers Impacted by Polluting Factory Farms

HB1494GraphicSmallPlease view our infographic on HB 1494 here or by clicking on the image to the right.

Indiana’s regulation of factory farms is already weak and fails in many ways to protect Hoosiers and the environment from the dangerous air and water pollution factory farms produce.

HB 1494, in its current form, would weaken Indiana’s regulations even more by:

  1. Manure Lagoonsubstituting clear permitting requirements for factory farm expansions with conflicting and confusing provisions as to what is required;
  2. eliminating public notice requirements to impacted neighbors and local governments when making changes to a factory farm that increases the amount of manure it generates, (i.e., increased animal capacity);
  3. eliminating required disclosure of the actual owners and operators of a factory farm before a factory farm can be built or expanded; and
  4. eliminating required disclosure of the owner/operators’ full environmental histories before a factory farm can be built or expanded.

These changes to Indiana’s already lax confined feeding rules will lead to confusion in the permitting process thereby undermining IDEM’s oversight of factory farms, further reduces the ability of impacted communities from having their voices heard on whether a factory farm should be able to expand and produce even more pollution, and thwarts IDEM’s ability to ensure that bad actors are not allowed to operate factory farms in our state.

To understand how HB 1494 would specifically change certain provisions of Indiana’s existing CFO law, read our chart comparing the provisions of HB 1494 to existing requirements here.

And, read our full Bill Analysis here.

TAKE ACTION! On February 27th, the House passed HB 1494, as amended, by a vote of 66-25 despite opposition from a cross-section of rural landowners, entrepreneurs, sustainable farmers, faith and community leaders. A special thank you to Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville), Rep. Carey Hamilton (D-Indianapolis), Rep. Chris Judy (R-Alboite Twp.) and Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) for their thoughtful testimony in opposition. As for the next steps, the Bill was just assigned to the Senate Rules Committee but no hearing date has yet been set. So, please contact Senator David Long, Chair of the Rules Committee and President Pro Tempore and urge him not to give this dangerous Bill a committee hearing. And, contact your own Senator with your concerns and ask him or her to advise Senator Long not to give the Bill a committee hearing.