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HB 1191 – Barring Local Govt. from Prohibiting Unhealthy Energy Resources

Posted by: HEC
Posted: January 9, 2021
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Local governments have, for decades, been at the forefront of protecting our public health, including addressing issues with leaking septic tanks, mold, mosquitoes, second hand smoke, and much more. Major special interests want to strip away the right […]

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SJR 2 – Livestock Industry’s Renewed Effort to Create Dangerous Constitutional “Right to Harm”

Posted by: Kim Ferraro
Posted: January 8, 2021
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The meat and dairy industries already enjoy unprecedented legal protections under Indiana law. Indiana’s Right to Farm Act strips rural landowners of their property rights when a factory farm moves in next door. Indiana’s environmental regulations place no […]

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Federal Senate Bill 2332 – Farm System Reform Act

Posted by: Susie McGovern
Posted: January 27, 2022
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The Farm System Reform Act is a federal bill that was introduced in 2021 by US Senator Cory Booker and Representative Ro Khanna. The bill would, among other things, halt the development of large CAFOs, provide a voluntary […]

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Test Water & Wilderness Protection

Posted by: derek
Posted: December 29, 2020
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Test Sustainable Economy

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Test Environmental Health & Justice

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SB 411 – Dangerous Bill Aimed at Eliminating Court Remedies for Hoosiers Impacted by Factory Farms and Heavy Industry

Posted by: Kim Ferraro
Posted: December 15, 2020
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For years, HEC has been working to help rural communities fight back against the devastating effects of factory farms. One way we do this is by providing pro bono legal assistance to citizens so that they can stand […]

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HB 1038 – Reduce the risk of failing septic systems contaminating our water

Posted by: Indra Frank
Posted: December 11, 2020
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If a local sewage system is not available, waste water from sinks and toilets can be treated through an on-site septic system. Unfortunately, it is common for septic systems to fail leading to contamination of groundwater, streams, or […]

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Protect Hoosier water resources from coal ash contamination

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Coal ash contains toxic heavy metals that contaminate water. Indiana has millions of tons of coal ash most of which is sitting in the floodplains of Lake Michigan or the Wabash, Ohio, or White Rivers where it is […]

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Defending Hoosier’s access to the outdoors and our recreation economy

Posted by: Tim Maloney
Posted: December 10, 2020
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In 2021 the Indiana General Assembly will craft a new two-year state budget.  Because of state revenue shortfalls resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, agency budgets — including the budget for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the […]

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Protecting forests, wildlife habitats, and soils through investments in carbon markets

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Sen. Sue Glick (R-Lagrange), along with 12 co-authors, introduced Senate Bill 373 that would encourage farmers and woodland owners to participate in markets for the sale of carbon offsets, and also expand investment in new public forestland, by […]

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HB 1472 – Bill to Restore Property Rights of Rural Hoosiers Impacted by Factory Farms

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Indiana’s “Right to Farm Act” (RTFA) was enacted in 1981 with the intent of protecting existing farmers from urban sprawl. The law did this by barring nuisance lawsuits by newcomers who moved from the city next to existing […]

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Coal-to-Renewables/Storage Transition

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Indiana’s utilities, led by NIPSCO and Vectren, are in the middle of a serious transition away from coal towards renewables plus storage resources. Other investor-owned Indiana utilities – Duke, Indiana-Michigan Power, and Indianapolis Power & Light – are […]

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