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Bill Watch, March 4, 2014: Current Environmental Legislation of Note - Environmental Law News

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Environmental Law News

Posted on: Mar 6, 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

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Provides that a permit from the department of environmental management (IDEM) is not required for the construction or operation of an agricultural waste-to-energy system that is located on the site of a confined feeding operation (CFO) or concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) and that annually processes at least 50% of the manure produced by the CFO or CAFO, unless: (1) the total actual emissions of any pollutant from of the waste-to-energy system exceed the threshold limit beyond which a permit is required for emissions of the pollutant under the federal Clean Air Act; or (2) the area in which the waste-to-energy system is located is designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a nonattainment area with respect to a pollutant emitted by the waste-to-energy system. Provides that a municipal park water feature meeting certain conditions is not a point source discharge for which an NPDES operating permit is required if the municipality so elects and annually informs IDEM of the steps taken to ensure that the municipal park water feature does not become a source of pollution. Requires the department of natural resources (DNR) and IDEM to develop and implement a process to improve efficiency and transparency in programs 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.

Current Status: 3/4/2014 - House Bills on Third Reading

Amends penalties for violating certain statutes in IC 14 (natural and cultural resources). Amends certain boating requirements. Provides that a law enforcement officer may not stop, inspect, search, or detain a boat solely to determine compliance with certain boating laws. Repeals law prohibiting a boat from sounding a horn. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the criminal law and sentencing policy study committee.)

Current Status: 3/3/2014 - Returned to the Senate with amendments


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