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Carbon Capture and Storage (SB 265 and HB 1249)

Posted by: HEC
Posted: March 7, 2022
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Wabash Valley Resources intends to produce hydrogen fuel from petroleum coke, plastic waste, and biomass at a plant along the Wabash River and wants to inject the resulting CO2 emissions underground to sequester the carbon. The project will […]

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HB 1100 – Reducing state government authority to protect health and the environment

Posted by: Tim Maloney
Posted: January 8, 2022
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HB 1100 — Agency oversight and rulemaking procedures — would limit Indiana state agencies’ ability to adopt timely and appropriate state standards to protect public health and the environment. Besides adding new burdens for agencies in adopting and […]

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HB 1063 – Oppose Effort to Allow More Undue Industry Influence Over Environmental Agency Decision-Making

Posted by: Kim Ferraro
Posted: January 14, 2022
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HB 1063 would alter the standards that govern the way a trial court reviews the decision of an administrative agency. Such decisions include rulings of the Office of Environmental Adjudication (OEA) and the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) that […]

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Making Rooftop Solar More Affordable (Senate Bills)

Posted by: HEC
Posted: January 20, 2022
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Indiana enacted a very controversial anti-solar energy law (SEA 309) in 2017, despite broad-based opposition from an array of public interest groups, renewable energy companies, and tech CEOs. In essence, SEA 309 eliminates net metering, which credits solar […]

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Making Rooftop Solar More Affordable (House Bills)

Posted by: HEC
Posted: December 10, 2020
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Indiana enacted a very controversial anti-solar energy law (SEA 309) in 2017, despite broad-based opposition from an array of public interest groups, renewable energy companies, and tech CEOs. In essence, SEA 309 eliminates net metering, which credits solar […]

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SB 411 – Renewable Energy Siting Bill

Posted by: HEC
Posted: January 20, 2022
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SB 411 has to do with creating an opt-in program whereby in exchange for cities or counties agreeing to standards for solar and wind farm projects in their community, the State of Indiana would provide an incentive payment […]

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SB 269 Regulation of Dams

Posted by: Indra Frank
Posted: January 22, 2022
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SB 269 was amended in the House and now has a mix of good and bad. Bad: This bill would reduce the number of significant hazard and low hazard dams in Indiana that are regulated (e.g. regularly inspected). […]

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SB 187 – Wake Boarding and Wake Surfing

Posted by: Indra Frank
Posted: February 1, 2022
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Wake boats create large wakes even at slower speeds. If they are close to shore, the large wake can cause shore erosion and damage piers. In shallow water, the wake can churn up bottom sediments which encourages overgrowth […]

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SB 85 – Drainage Task Force

Posted by: Indra Frank
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SB 85 will create a Drainage Task Force to examine the current responsibilities of landowners, state, and local authorities and to examine the balance between state and local authority when it comes to drainage.  It has passed both […]

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HB 1313 – Screening Children for Lead Poisoning

Posted by: Indra Frank
Posted: February 2, 2022
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Lead poisoning permanently damages a child’s developing brain leaving them with lower intelligence and a higher risk of attention deficit and behavior problems. Currently, more than 2,000 Hoosier children per year are lead poisoned. That is a burden […]

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SB 261 – Oppose More Special Legal Protections for Factory Farms

Posted by: Kim Ferraro
Posted: January 18, 2022
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Senate Bill 261 would create a special “right” for an “individual” to “grow, raise, produce, harvest, and consume the food that the individual chooses” and bars local governments from using their zoning authority “to prohibit or have the […]

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Climate-Related Legislation

Posted by: HEC
Posted: January 8, 2022
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The Purdue Climate Change Research Center has forecasted that Indiana will be subject to increasingly severe and frequent flooding, reduced crop yields, threatened infrastructure, and more. Indiana’s lawmakers have a moral and fiscal obligation to protect Hoosiers from […]

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SB 271 – Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Facilitation

Posted by: HEC
Posted: January 20, 2022
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HEC does not have a formal, overall position on nuclear energy technology. We are aware that the units themselves emit modest carbon-equivalent emissions per kilowatt hour and we are aware, at the same time, that such technologies cause real concern with […]

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