Protect Hoosiers Impacted by Polluting Factory Farms

HB1494GraphicSmallApril 21, 2017 Update: Thanks to an outpouring of opposition — especially from those who suffer from exposure to factory farm pollution — HB 1494 was defeated. Our debrief of what happened will be coming.

To learn more about HB 1494, please view our infographic on HB 1494 here and review the content below.

BACKGROUND ON HB 1494:

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 would have weakened 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 would have led to confusion in the permitting process thereby undermining IDEM’s oversight of factory farms, further reduced the ability of impacted communities to have their voices heard on whether a factory farm should be able to expand and produce even more pollution, and would have thwarted IDEM’s ability to ensure that bad actors are not allowed to operate factory farms in our state.

To understand how HB 1494 would have specifically changed 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.