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 that could be considered more stringent than the federal law specifically to assure the benefit to the State is worth the cost of being more stringent.
  • A rule must also be evaluated for its monetary impact on regulated parties, taxpayers and consumers.
  • The Indiana Office of Management and Budget must do a fiscal impact assessment for rules with an estimated impact of $500,000 or greater.
  • The Indiana Attorney General must ensure a rule is adopted with statutory authority.