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Bill Watch, Feb. 14, 2014: Current Environmental Legislation of Note - Environmental Law News

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Environmental Law News


Posted on: Feb 18, 2014

The IndyBar Legislative Committee is currently monitoring the following environmental law related legislation. IndyBar members can request that the Legislative Committee track specific legislation by contacting committee chair Mindy Westrick at mindy.westrick@faegrebd.com.

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HB1217 SINGLE CONTACT POINT FOR WETLAND WORK PERMITS. (DAVISSON S)
Single contact point for wetland work permits. Requires the department of natural resources (DNR) and the department of environmental management (IDEM) to develop and implement a program under which the agencies will jointly accept and process applications for: (1) water quality certifications from IDEM under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act, (2) permits from IDEM for wetland activity in a state regulated wetland, and (3) permits from the director of the DNR for a structure, obstruction, deposit, or excavation in a floodway. Authorizes the adoption of rules.

HB1241 ENVIRONMENTAL COVERAGE. (CARBAUGH M)
Specifies the manner in which the meaning of "pollutant", as used in certain liability insurance policies, must be construed.

HB1342 ENVIRONMENTAL FEES AND EXPENSES. (WOLKINS D)
Provides that the hazardous waste disposal fee (which replaces the hazardous waste disposal tax), the fee on the disposal or incineration of solid waste, and the annual registration fee paid by owners of underground storage tanks shall be collected by the department of environmental management instead of the department of state revenue. Provides that 75% of the revenue from the hazardous waste disposal fee shall be deposited in the hazardous substance response fund and 25% shall be paid over to the county in which the hazardous waste is disposed of. Allows the commissioner of the department of environmental management, under certain circumstances, to authorize the modification of a restrictive covenant that the owner of a property contaminated with a hazardous substance has been required to execute and record. Provides for the administrative and personnel expenses incurred by the state in evaluating a proposed modification of a restrictive covenant to be paid from the hazardous substances response trust fund, and requires the environmental rules board to adopt rules providing for the recovery of those expenses by the state. Removes references to the solid waste management board, which was abolished on January 1, 2013.

SB52 CRIMINAL PENALTIES AND DNR. (STEELE B)
Makes the penalty for violating certain statutes in IC 14 (natural and cultural resources) an infraction instead of a misdemeanor. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the criminal law and sentencing policy study committee.)

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