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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

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.

2013

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.

Evaluation of Indiana’s Continuous PM2.5 Data

This analysis and proposal details Indiana’s determination of the continuous data which are acceptable for use in NAAQS calculations or should be excluded. The public has the opportunity to submit comments through the close-of-business on Monday, September 30, 2013.

The States' View of the Air 2013

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has released The States’ View of the Air (2013) 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.

Indiana 2014 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan

The Indiana Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan details the current air quality monitoring network and proposed changes planned for 2014. The public has the opportunity to submit comments through the close-of-business on Friday, June 14, 2013.

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. Recent reports describing Indiana air quality as some of the worst in the nation are untrue. Air Quality 101, a bi-weekly bulletin from IDEM Assistant Commissioner Keith Baugues, provides accurate information about air pollution in Indiana.

Report Environmental Emergencies

24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week (Holidays and Weekends)

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.

  • Inside the United States: (888) 233-7745
  • Outside the United States: (317) 233-7745

Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day is almost here! This year, we are anticipating that over 1,500 cyclists will be biking to the celebration at the Indianapolis Bike Hub at the City Market. If you've ever thought about riding a bicycle to work but need a little extra incentive to give it a try, here is your chance. Mark your calendar for May 17 and register your commute. Let's get more people on bikes! Bike to Work Day is a good place to start!

Spatial Data Collection Standards

IDEM developed the Spatial Data Collection Standards to support data collection by staff and external data collectors and submitters. Adherence to these standards will ensure the accuracy, validity, consistency, comprehensiveness, and relevancy of IDEM’s spatial data.

Virtual File Cabinet Upgrades

Please be advised that IDEM is in the process of migrating to a new document system for the Virtual File Cabinet. Beginning at Noon on 12/19/2012, if you have any issues with viewing or locating records in the VFC or would like to make a records request please contact the Public Records Office at (317) 232-8667, or via email at "idemfileroom at idem.in.gov".

Report Environmental Emergencies

24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week (Holidays and Weekends)

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.

  • Inside the United States: (888) 233-7745
  • Outside the United States: (317) 233-7745

2012

Final Antidegradation Standards and Implementation Rule, #08-764

U.S. Environmental Pollution Agency approved the final Antidegradation rules on September 27, 2012.

Criteria Pollutants Air Quality Trend Analysis Report (1980 - 2010)

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has released the Criteria Pollutants Air Quality Trend Analysis Report (1980 - 2010). This report provides a detailed analysis of air quality trends in Indiana over the last thirty years. IDEM has divided the State of Indiana into 12 regions. Each region of the state has a section in this report that provides detailed information including monitoring data, trend charts, health and environmental impacts, and health-based standards.

Free Environmental Training Available

IDEM will be offering a free, intensive introductory environmental management course for environmental professionals. The Environmental Management 101 (E101) course will provide working professionals with a basic understanding of environmental regulations to effectively manage affairs in their workplace.

#08-764 Final Antidegradation Standards and Implementation Rule

The antidegradation final rule was filed by the Publisher of the Indiana Register on May 29th. The rule became effective on June 28, 2012 as a state rule 30 days after filing.

On July 20, 2012, the Office of Water Quality delivered the antidegradation rule package to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its review.

IDEM Seeks Public Comment on Draft Wastewater Permits for the ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor East, Long Carbon, West, and Central Wastewater Treatment Plant

Currently the ArcelorMittal East facility and the ArcelorMittal West facility each have one wastewater permit. As part of the renewal of these two permits, each permit has been split into two separate permits. All together, these four proposed permits regulate the same discharges as the two current permits. The draft permits proposed to regulate the discharges from the ArcelorMittal East Mill are now: ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor Long Carbon (IN0063355) and ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor East (IN0000094). The draft permits proposed to regulate the discharges from the ArcelorMittal West Mill are now: ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor Central Wastewater Treatment Plant (IN0063711) and ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor West (IN0000205).

IDEM is holding a 45 day public notice period for these permits and has scheduled a public hearing for all four permits at 6:00 PM (local time) on September 15, 2011 at Ivy Tech Community College - Gary Campus, in the multipurpose Room (North Building), located at 1440 East 35th Avenue, Gary, Indiana 46409-1499. Permit documents are available for public review for each facility and can be found on IDEM’s website under ArcelorMittal: Indiana Harbor.

Virtual File Cabinet (VFC) Systems Implementation

IDEM is in the process of upgrading the Virtual File Cabinet (VFC) systems. During this time, you may notice an increase in the search times for VFC records. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience during this implementation.

Once the upgrade is completed and the system is fully implemented you will notice a tremendous improvement when searching documents. Thank you.

The States' View of the Air (2012)

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has released The States’ View of the Air (2012) 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.

UST Operator Training

IDEM Offers Free Online Training to Underground Storage Tank (UST) Owners and Operators

By August 8, all of Indiana’s approximately 4,000 UST facilities, most of which are gas stations, must designate individuals as Class A, Class B, and Class C operators for various responsibilities of system operations. Class A, Class B, and Class C operators must be certified in various aspects of system maintenance and operations. IDEM is providing the required training and certification program for free.

Recycling Market Development Program

IDEM's Recycling Market Development Program (RMDP) has $500,000 available as grants to private businesses for the purchase of equipment specifically needed to remanufacture recyclable materials into finished products or industrial feedstocks. Deadline for applications is June 11, 2012.

March 2, 2012 Tornadoes in Southeastern Indiana

On March 2, 2012, tornadoes struck the southeastern part of Indiana. Recovery activities are underway in affected areas of the state, with efforts focused on restoring utilities and roadways, cleanup efforts, and assisting Hoosiers with specific needs. Federal, state and local agencies and organizations are working to gather damage statistics and estimates, support state response efforts, and provide staffing resources as required.

25th Anniversary State of the Environment 2011

In recognition of 25 years of environmental progress, IDEM Commissioner Thomas Easterly has released the “25th Anniversary State of the Environment 2011.” This document provides a review of changes that began in 1986, recent accomplishments, and the issues and challenges which lie ahead. Information about IDEM’s progress and current programs is available in the full 25th Anniversary State of the Environment 2011 report.

2011

Free Environmental Training Available!

IDEM will be offering a free, intensive introductory environmental management course for environmental professionals. The Environmental Management 101 (E101) course will provide working professionals with a basic understanding of environmental regulations to effectively manage affairs in their workplace.

Indiana 2012 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan

This document details the current air quality monitoring network and proposed changes planned for 2012. The public has the opportunity to review and submit comments for a period of thirty (30) days, from May 24 through June 24.

Remediation Closure Guide

Effective May 6, 2011, IDEM is officially releasing the Remediation Closure Guide Nonrule Policy Document for a 45-day public comment period. Please disregard any versions or copies that may have been obtained prior to May 6, 2011.

Note: IDEM has extended the public comment period to July 20, 2011 for the Remediation Closure Guide Nonrule Policy Document.

Federal Stimulus Monies

Interested in how the federal stimulus monies might affect projects in your city, town or county? Visit INvest.IN.gov for the latest information.

Indiana Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Law

In 2009, the Indiana legislature enacted the Indiana Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Law (IC 13-20.5), which holds certain electronics manufacturers responsible for collecting and recycling a percentage of the products they sell in Indiana. The law also includes a prohibition for small businesses, schools, and households to knowingly mix electronic waste with municipal or other waste intended for disposal to a landfill or incinerator. This prohibition took effect January 1, 2011. While the law does not carry any penalties for violation of this requirement and does not prohibit solid waste haulers, transfer stations or landfills from accepting E-Waste, IDEM is asking that solid waste collection and disposal businesses help educate their customers on this prohibition.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management provides detailed information regarding e-waste management, listings of participating manufactures, recyclers, and collection locations, along with many fact sheets regarding this law. We invite you to take the time to review what this law means for you as well as all citizens of Indiana as the state promotes the recycling of electronics to ensure these materials are safely managed and that valuable materials such as steel, glass and plastic are reclaimed for the manufacturing of new products.

You can find a list of Indiana E-waste Collectors and Locations online, or contact your local solid waste management district for information about where to recycle your e-waste.

2010

IDEM Seeks Public Comment on Draft Wastewater Permits for the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor facility and the U.S. Steel Midwest facility

Because the Arcelor Mittal Burns Harbor and U.S. Steel Midwest facilities discharge treated wastewater to the same water body close to one another, IDEM is presenting both permits for public review at the same time. IDEM is holding a 45 day public notice period for each permit and has scheduled a public hearing for each permit. The first public hearing will be at 6 p.m. on December 9, 2010, at NIRPC, for the draft wastewater permit for the Mittal Burns Harbor facility. The second public hearing will be at 6 p.m. on December 14, 2010, at NIRPC, for the draft wastewater permit for the U.S. Steel Midwest facility. Permit documents are available for public review for each facility.

CRTK Workshops: October 2010 - January 2011

The Department of Homeland Security has set up several workshops around the state to assist the regulated community and LEPCs with CRTK reporting requirements. The purpose of these meetings is to clarify CRTK regulation and to demonstrate how to report using the Regulatory Service Portal, IDEM’s online reporting system. Workshops will conclude with a question and answer session.

Indiana 2011 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan

This document details the current air quality monitoring network and proposed changes planned for 2011. The public has the opportunity to submit comments.

ToxWatch Data Analysis Report

IDEM has summarized the air toxics data collected in Indiana over the last 10 years into the ToxWatch Data Analysis Report. An executive summary of the report is available.

Air Quality Information Session

Air Quality Greenhouse Gases Information Session held August 18, 2010

U.S. EPA Investigation Areas (AI) at ArcelorMittal, Burns Harbor, Indiana

IDEM has compiled information from U.S. EPA and the facility concerning materials at the site.

Industrial Storm Water Permitting (Rule 6)

A new state form is now available to permittees for submittal of the Rule 6 Annual Report.

Nature's Fuel Agreed Order

IDEM and Nature's Fuel Atwood have reached an agreement to address past environmental violations and to cease pyrolysis operations by January 31, 2011.

Southwest Indianapolis Air Toxics Study

The Web site for the Southwest Indianapolis Air Toxics Study has been updated to include updated fact sheets, the results brochure and other outreach material.

US Steel 2010 Final NPDES Permit

The US Steel Final 2010 NPDES Permit is now available.

Outdoor Hydronic Heaters

A new website dedicated to keeping the public informed of our current rulemaking efforts regarding Outdoor Hydronic Heaters is now available.

Industrial Storm Water Permitting (Rule 6)

A new state form is now available to permittees for submittal of monitoring requirements.

2009

Antidegradation

Antidegradation stakeholder and subgroup meeting documents and other related materials are now available online.

IDEM Storm Advisory

Drinking Water Utilities: IDEM is receiving information that several local utilities have issued boil water orders. Communities in affected areas should contact their local Emergency Management Agency to request water, as appropriate.

Wastewater Treatment Plants and Sewers: Outages and disruptions are expected due to flooding, and IDEM is receiving reports of problems in impacted areas. IDEM advises residents that flood water, in general, is considered to be contaminated, and residents should avoid contact, avoid ingestion, and wash hands thoroughly after coming in contact with flood water.

Spill Incidents: IDEM’s on-scene coordinators are responding to spill incidents including (1) release in Nashville, (1) release in Terre Haute, and numerous tank and service station spills in the Martinsville area. Numerous incidents have been reported.

Livestock Operations: IDEM, with the assistance of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, is in the process of assessing conditions at manure lagoons around the state. IDEM staff will work to ensure all reported spills are contained and stabilized. To report spills and releases, contact the IDEM Spill Line, toll free, at 1-888-233-7745.