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2016

Positions Available with IDEM

IDEM currently has a number of key contract positions available from the Office of Land Quality. These positions, filled by KnowledgeServices, include exciting opportunities in the Voluntary Remediation Program, the Underground Storage Tank Program, the State Cleanup Program, and the Regulatory Reporting Program, as well as positions in the Geological Services and Geology Sections.

Amended Indiana 2017 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan

The "PAMS Ozone Precursors (VOC)" section (pages 62–65) of the Indiana 2017 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan needed to be changed to reflect the discontinuation of PAMS monitoring at Gary – IITRI. The public has the opportunity to submit comments on this change through the COB Monday, October 10, 2016.

Announcement Of Grant Funding Availability

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is announcing grant funding availability through the Recycling Market Development Program (RMDP). Eligible candidates may seek a grant starting at $1,000 and up to $500,000, with a 50 percent required match. The Recycling Market Development Board determines final funding approval.

The deadline for submission of proposals is noon Eastern Time, Monday, October 17, 2016. Detailed proposal requirements are available on the Recycling Market Development Program page.

Riverside National Priorities List

IDEM has prepared an alternative proposed plan for the Riverside Ground Water Contamination site.

IDEM seeking proposals to reduce toxins in Great Lakes basin

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is soliciting project proposals under the Great Lakes Air Deposition (GLAD) program. GLAD is a program set up to address the deposition of toxic pollutants, as well as understand how these pollutants adversely affect both human and ecosystem health within the Great Lakes basin.

In the past, GLAD, under the efforts of the Great Lake Commissions (GLC) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), has supported more than 35 projects that identify, quantify, and reduce the sources, environmental transport process, deposition rates and impacts of toxic pollutants in the Great Lakes region. The GLAD program places a large emphasis on promoting scientific efforts that will increase the ability to manage this complicated but urgent environmental issue.

The available funding for the current year of the GLAD program is approximately $90,000. Successful applicants will be invited to enter into a grant agreement with IDEM to perform the work described within their proposal. Choices will be based on the selection criteria identified in Attachment A of the solicitation. IDEM anticipates funding one to two projects, depending on the scope of work and cost per proposal. The deadline for proposals is August 10, 2016.

Indiana 2017 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan

This document details the current air quality monitoring network and proposed changes planned for 2017. The public has the opportunity to submit comments through the COB Friday, June 17, 2016.

IDEM’s Office of Land Quality Announces New Technical Review Panel for VRP and State Cleanup Program Technical Disputes

IDEM has developed a mechanism for settling technical disagreements called the Technical Review Panel. The goal is to enable remediation sites to move forward in a timely manner and to provide external entities a forum outside the OLQ to help resolve technical disputes with the VRP and State Cleanup Program project managers. The IDEM Land Quality in Indiana: Technical Review Panel page provides additional information about this pilot program.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management seeking Public Comments on its Draft 2016 303(d) List of Impaired Water

IDEM will be accepting public comments on its draft 2016 303(d) List of Impaired Waters and the Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology used to develop it through July 5, 2016. IDEM is also seeking public input on its draft assessment methodology for surface waters that serve as a source for public water supplies, which is included in the notice of comment period, which is available online.

The States' View of the Air

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has released The States’ View of the Air (2016) 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.

January is U.S. EPA National Radon Action Month

Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. You can’t see radon. And you can’t smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over Indiana. It can get into any type of building—homes, offices, and schools—and result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time.

U.S. EPA recommends that you:

  1. Test your home for radon—it’s easy and inexpensive; and
  2. Fix your home if your radon level is 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher.

Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk, and in many cases may be reduced as well.

2015

Pollution Prevention Week

Governor Pence issued a Proclamation recognizing September 28th-October 2nd “Pollution Prevention Week”! This will kick off the annual Pollution Prevention conference for 2015!

American Meteorological Society/Environmental Protection Agency Regulatory Model’s (AERMOD’s) Accuracy: A Case Study

This report compares monitored SO2 levels at four sites near the Duke Gibson power plant with predicted levels derived from AERMOD. Comparisons were made using both on-site and National Weather Service meteorological data. Data were analyzed comparing monitored and modeled values both in time and not in time. Results indicate a significant over-prediction by AERMOD regardless of how the values are compared.

  • An Assessment of the American Meteorological Society/U.S. EPA Regulatory Model’s (AERMOD’s) Accuracy: A Case Study (Currently Unavailable)

Indiana 2016 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan

This document details the current air quality monitoring network and proposed changes planned for 2016. The public has the opportunity to submit comments through the COB Friday, June 12, 2015.

The States' View of the Air 2015

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has released The States’ View of the Air (2015) 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.

Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units

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.

Indiana Ground Water Monitoring Network Survey

IDEM is looking for private residential well owners in all 92 counties in Indiana to take part in the statewide Ground Water Monitoring Network. Eligible residential wells will be tested free of charge, and copies of analytical results will be provided at the end of the study. Information about participating, including eligibility requirements, is available on the IDEM Statewide Ground Water Monitoring Network Survey page.

2015 Governor’s Public Service Summer Internship Program

IDEM is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Governor’s Public Service Summer Internship program. Selected interns will have the opportunity to work with state agency officials and attend a Speakers Series featuring elected officials, state agency directors and other government representatives. Summer interns will spend at least 50 percent of their time on a predetermined project that enhances college-level skills and abilities. Interns earn $11.30 per hour. The program runs from May to August. Students should contact their school’s career/internship office for guidelines on receiving college credit. More information is provided on the Indiana State Personnel Department website.

March 1, 2015, is the final deadline for applying. Some positions may close earlier.

2014

Indiana Wetland Program Plan

Draft Available for Public Comment October 9, 2014 through October 16, 2014

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

United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Final Rule on Solvent Contaminated Wipes

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.

Air Quality 101

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.

Solid Waste Processing Facility Permits for Infectious Waste Processors in Indiana.

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:

Responsible Property Transfer Law

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.

The States' View of the Air 2014

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.

Spring 2014 “MARSH Clean Out Your Cabinet” Event

Dispose of your unwanted, unneeded medicine the right way! The annual event sponsored by MARSH is March 14-17th at all MARSH locations. Protect your family; protect yourself from accidental in-home poisonings. Eliminate a risk of theft from having unwanted, unneeded medications in your home. Remember the safety of our communities’ ground water supply is everyone’s responsibility. Open to individuals only. Call (317) 594-2408 for details on dates, times, and what medicines will be accepted.

Statement Regarding MCHM in Ohio River:

A contamination originating in the Elk River in West Virginia has spread to the Ohio River, and is expected to reach intakes at Mt. Vernon and Evansville by the weekend.

The chemical contaminating the river, known as MCHM, is used in cleaning coal. The CDC says the chemical is safe as long as it is diluted to 1.0 part per million of water, but have cautioned pregnant women against drinking water with any detectable amount. This contamination was measured at 0.036 parts per million on Monday, significantly lower than the CDC amount. The plume will dilute even more when it passes through Indiana.

Local water utilities will coordinate with IDEM, the US EPA, the US Coast Guard, and the Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) to track the plume and make necessary preparations.

Vanderburgh and Posey are the only counties in Indiana that draw their water from the Ohio River. All other Ohio River counties use wells. Indiana systems drawing from the Ohio River are prepared to use additional treatments if the chemical is detected in their intake.

The contamination entered the Ohio River system approximately 700 river miles upstream from Indiana drinking water intakes.

The MCHM is expected to reach Louisville Friday. Officials from Louisville do not think it will be a problem for them, as they use a riverbank filtration system and feel it is sufficient to handle this situation.

As expected the plume is lengthening as it moves down river through Indiana. The plume is expected to reach Evansville early Monday and the water system is prepared to start treatment at that time.