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Indiana Clean Water 1

Posted by: HEC
Posted: April 5, 2022
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Nutrient pollution from excess fertilizer is one of the top water quality challenges in the US. It leads to the overgrowth of algae which deplete the oxygen in the water. Fish and other aquatic species can’t live without […]

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Slower Responsiveness to Citizen Needs

Posted by: HEC
Posted: February 4, 2022
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By stripping away the ability of Indiana’s environmental agency (IDEM) to deal with issues where the EPA has acted inadequately, it makes Indiana vulnerable to not serving its citizens in a timely manner, since the legislature is out […]

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Economic harm, not benefit

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HB 1100 would have done little to attract new business, create jobs, or promote economic growth in Indiana but could very well have the opposite effect. Indeed, study after study reveals that states with strong environmental policies have […]

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More Intervention by the Courts and Greater Litigation

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Given that “more stringent than” is not defined, this will lead to confusion and uncertainty in implementing regulatory requirements, which will result in administrative law judges or the courts playing a bigger role in agency regulation. In other […]

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More Regulatory Uncertainty

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Instead of more regulatory certainty – which is a consistently stated goal of regulated interests – confusion and controversy created by this policy will lead to greatly reduced regulatory certainty.

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More Federal Involvement

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The “no more stringent than” requirement ironically shifts more power to the federal government, including U.S. EPA. Inaction by state agencies due to this policy may trigger direct involvement by federal agencies, where before the federal government relied […]

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Multiple checks and balances are already built into the Indiana rulemaking process

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Indiana’s existing laws already ensure that Indiana does not act irresponsibly in enacting new environmental protection safeguards or other agency standards. The Environmental Rules Board is required by law to study carefully whether each provision of a regulation […]

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Paralyzed state agency action

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Indiana is granted considerable responsibility by the US Environmental Protection Agency to implement air and water quality plans as well as clean-up programs. The language of HB 1100 would have paralyzed IDEM in implementing such plans & programs […]

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Coal Ash at Duke Energy Gallagher Generating Station.

Posted by: Tim Maloney
Posted: June 16, 2021
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On the banks of the Ohio River, in the shadow of Floyds Knobs outside of New Albany, sit eight coal ash disposal sites – 7 surface impoundments (ponds) and one coal ash landfill — containing about 9 1/2 […]

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47%

Posted by: HEC
Posted: March 1, 2021
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47% of households have at least one dog.

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Henry County Isolated Wetland

Posted by: HEC
Posted: February 15, 2021
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Courtesy of Sally Letsinger

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Henry County Isolated Wetland

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Courtesy of Sally Letsinger.

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Michigan City Coal Ash

Posted by: HEC
Posted: April 22, 2020
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NIPSCO is now required by federal law to decide on final disposal of the ash in the Michigan City ash ponds. This final disposal is referred to as “closure”. Their plan is to dig out the ash ponds […]

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