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The State of Indiana via the undersigned agencies appreciates the opportunity to comment on the proposed rule entitled “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units” (EGUs) (June 18, 2014, 79 Fed. Reg. 34830). Indiana urges U.S. EPA to withdraw the proposed rule for multiple reasons.
While Indiana urges U.S. EPA to withdraw the proposed rule for multiple reasons as set forth below, the State of Indiana respectfully requests that U.S. EPA take into consideration the technical corrections and comments outlined in the attachments to this letter if it proceeds in finalizing the rule. These comments are the result of a thoughtful, collaborative process between multiple Indiana state agencies with expertise in environmental, utility and natural resource issues.
As a precautionary measure, IDEM is restricting infectious waste processing facilities from accepting and/or processing Category A infectious substances. IDEM is required to notify the public about its permit decisions. For information, please review the following documents.
Category A infectious materials include Ebola waste. For information about Ebola and Ebola waste management, please visit the following websites:
The Indiana Wetland Program Plan has been developed by IDEM and its partners to further the understanding of the services and benefits that wetlands provide to the State, to promote the restoration and creation of high quality wetlands throughout the state, and to conserve and protect Indiana’s remaining wetlands.
A Wetland Program Plan is a voluntary plan that describes what goals a state agency or tribe wants to achieve related to wetlands over time. The Indiana Wetland Program Plan includes priorities, goals, and action items reflecting the opinions and needs of many wetland stakeholders located throughout the state. As such its implementation requires the continued engagement of all partners.
Please take the time to review this draft document and provide your comments to the email address provided in the notification you received. Thank you so much for your time and expertise! Comments can be emailed to: INWetlands at gmail.com
In the last legislative session, the statute was amended to repeal the Responsible Property Transfer Law formerly IC 13-25-3, It was repealed effective July 1, 2014, and is no longer in effect.
For 2014, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Office of Water Quality (OWQ) is offering eligible residential well owners the opportunity to have their water tested as part of the statewide Ground Water Monitoring Network. We are seeking eligible well owners in all 92 counties in Indiana to take part in the GWMN. Testing for metals, nitrate-nitrite, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Synthetic Organic Compounds (SOCs), alkalinity, pesticide degradates, and general chemistry will be conducted free of charge for 400 qualified well owners across the state. Copies of the analytical results will be provided to the resident at the end of the study, and the resident’s name, mailing address, and specific well location will not be included in publications as part of this sampling effort. Unfortunately, because this is a statewide ground water study that is focused on determining ambient water quality, not all sampling requests can be accommodated. If you are interested in participating in this project, please fill out the online survey: Ground Water Monitoring Network Participation Survey
This document details the current air quality monitoring network and proposed changes planned for 2015.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has released The States’ View of the Air (2014) report. This report highlights the air quality in counties and cities in the United States. Like a report card, IDEM has graded areas on the state of their air quality under the federal standards for ozone and fine particles.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has received numerous questions about adoption and implementation of the U.S. EPA’s Final Rule on Solvent Contaminated Wipes. This document explains IDEM’s current plan for implementing the new U.S. EPA rule.
IDEM wants to help the public stay informed about air pollution regulations, where air pollution comes from, how air pollution is controlled, and how Indiana’s air quality compares with national standards. Reports describing Indiana air quality as some of the worst in the nation are untrue. Air Quality 101, a collection of articles from IDEM Assistant Commissioner Keith Baugues, provides accurate information about air pollution in Indiana.
Our mission as the Emergency Response Section is to protect public health and to mitigate harm during spill events and environmental emergencies. We plan, train, and respond with local, state, and federal agencies to achieve the best results possible.