ESP Member Incentives

Recognition and Regulatory Flexibility Incentive Guidance

IDEM encourages Indiana regulated entities to be proactive in managing their environmental responsibilities and commit to continuous environmental improvement. In exchange for "going beyond compliance," IDEM will recognize those entities and provide certain regulatory flexibility incentives (State Form 53706) in exchange for this commitment to continuous environmental improvement through the Indiana Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP). Regulatory flexibility, an integral part of performance based environmental leadership programs, enables members to allocate limited resources towards continuous environmental improvement beyond that required by law.

IDEM is committed to providing members with tangible regulatory incentives, but in order to effectively protect the environment, benefits may not be applicable in all situations. Examples of these occasions include:

  1. New state or federal regulations are being issued;
  2. Member is a new source;
  3. Member does not accept benefit;
  4. Member's emissions or releases are near their limits;
  5. Complaints are received about the member; or
  6. Federal regulations do not allow the member to take advantage of the benefit.

Rulemaking Update

The rules affording regulatory incentives to Indiana Environmental Stewardship Program members are now effective. A summary of each rule is provided below. Please use the following links to review each rule in its entirety:

Recognition Incentives Provided to Members

Recognition Plaque or Framed Certificate Suitable for Display

IDEM will provide members with a plaque or certificate for display purposes, recognizing the member for its participation in the respective program.

Presentation of Plaque or Certificate at the Facility's Location

IDEM will provide members with the opportunity to host a public ceremony at the participant's location to present the recognition plaque or certificate upon being admitted to ESP.

Press Release Announcing Membership

IDEM will distribute a public service announcement to local media upon acceptance into ESP and will promote the new recognition within the member's community.

Use of ESP Logo

IDEM will provide members with the ESP logo to use on letterhead, signs, documents, and so on.

Recognition Letter

IDEM will provide members with a letter of recognition from the Office of the Governor or IDEM Commissioner.

Annual Members Meeting with the IDEM Commissioner

IDEM will annually provide members with the opportunity to meet with the IDEM Commissioner to discuss environmental topics. Information from past annual meetings is archived online.

Networking Events

IDEM will provide members with the opportunity to network with other program members to discuss pollution prevention successes and future initiatives.

Single Point of Contact

IDEM will designate one person within the Office of Program Support to serve as the single point of contact for all environmental and IDEM related inquiries.

Additional Points on Grant applications

ESP members will be provided with additional points toward their overall score for Recycling Market Development Grants by noting the membership in the application.

Additional Points on Nomination Scoring for Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence

ESP members will be provided with ten additional points toward their overall score for Governor’s Award nominations received from the member by noting the membership on the nomination form.

Improved Financial Opportunity

Indiana Chamber of Commerce Membership Discount

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is offering a 20% discount on the first year of membership, a personal visit from a member of the Government Affairs team, and a seat on one of the five environmental committees: Energy Committee, Environment and Natural Resources, Air Quality Subcommittee, Land Quality Subcommittee, or Water Quality Subcommittee. Contact the Indiana Chamber of Commerce at (317) 264-7539 to join the ICC and take advantage of this opportunity.

Regulatory Incentives Associated with Title 329 (Solid Waste)

Advanced Announcement of Routine Large Quantity Generator; Small Quantity Generator; and Treatment, Storage, And Disposal Inspections

To ensure proper representation, IDEM will notify members 24 hours prior to performing a routine inspection. No notification will be given for emergency or complaint-based inspections.

Assign Same Office of Land Quality Inspector for all Inspections at this Source

IDEM will assign the same Office of Land Quality inspector, when feasible.

Assign Same Office of Land Quality Permit Writer for all New and Modified Land Permits at this Source

IDEM will assign the same Office of Land Quality permit writer, when feasible.

Low Priority for Routine Inspections

Membership in ESP will be a consideration when selecting which sources to inspect in a given year. Members will be given a lower priority for routine inspection.

Regulatory Incentives Affecting Title 326 (Air)

Advanced Announcement of Routine Inspections 

To ensure proper representation, IDEM will notify members 24 hours prior to performing a routine inspection. No notification will be given for emergency or complaint-based inspections.

Alternative Compliance or Monitoring Strategies

Members may request alternative monitoring strategies or frequencies where sustained compliance is demonstrated and sampling results remain measurably below applicable limits or where other operational parameters are in place. Members may also request alternate stack test frequencies for facilities that are steady state operations, have adequate compliance monitoring, and are substantially below applicable standards. Alternate stack test frequencies would not be available to tests required by 40 CFR Parts 60, 61, and 63.

Alternative Due Date for Certain Quarterly or Semi-Annual Reports

Members will be afforded the opportunity to request alternate report due dates to IDEM.

Assign the Same Inspector for all Air Inspections at this Source

IDEM will assign the same Office of Air Quality inspector, when feasible.

Assign the Same Permit Writer for all New and Modified Air Permits at this Source

IDEM will assign the same Office of Air Quality permit writer, when feasible.

Expedited Permits

IDEM will provide several services intended to expedite the air permitting process. This includes on-site pre-permit application meetings with the permit writer and compliance inspector, and post-application meetings with members if requested or necessary. Office of Air Quality (OAQ) permitting staff will also attempt to contact ESP members directly by telephone when additional information is needed during the permit process. The Compliance and Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) located in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical AssistanceProgram Support (OPPTAOPS) will also assist OAQ in this process by answering permit related questions and assisting ESP members during the application process. In partnership with U.S. EPA, IDEM and U.S. EPA will expedite review of member permits.

Extended FESOP Renewal Term

Up to 10 years.
Note: This incentive is now considered to be standard practice throughout the agency.

Extended MSOP Renewal Term

Up to 10 years.
Note: This incentive is now considered to be standard practice throughout the agency.

Flexible Permit Language

IDEM will provide members with the opportunity to operate under flexible permit conditions. Members may request a permit flexibility opportunity assessment to identify the potential for operational flexibility in their permit intended to reduce the need for future permit modifications.

Low Routine Inspection Priority

Membership in ESP will be a consideration when selecting which sources to inspect in a given year. Members will be given a lower priority for routine inspection.

Reduced Reporting Frequency

IDEM will provide members with the opportunity to submit quarterly reports semi-annually. This benefit may not apply to sources that have federal standards requiring quarterly reports. Deviations must be reported quarterly if not required more frequently.

Streamline Permit Renewal Application Process for FESOP or Title V Permit Renewals

Note: This incentive is now considered to be standard practice throughout the agency.

Regulatory Incentives Affecting Title 327 (Water)

Ability To Submit Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs) Annually

IDEM will afford members the opportunity to submit discharge monitoring reports once per year instead of monthly, provided data used to verify compliance is adequately maintained and available upon request. Instances of noncompliance or exceedance of discharge limits must be reported to the agency within 24 hours.

Advanced Announcement of Routine Inspections

To ensure proper representation, IDEM will notify members 24 hours prior to performing a routine inspection. No notification will be given for emergency or complaint-based inspections.

Assign the Same Drinking Water Inspector for all Future Drinking Water Inspections at this Source.

IDEM will assign the same Office of Water Quality inspector, when feasible.

Assign the Same Drinking Water Permit Reviewer for all Future Permits and Modifications

IDEM will assign the same Office of Water Quality permit writer, when feasible.

Assign Same NPDES Inspector for all Future NPDES Inspections at this Source.

IDEM will assign the same Office of Water Quality inspector, when feasible.

Assign Same NPDES Permit Writer for all future NPDES permits and modifications.

IDEM will assign the same Office of Water Quality permit writer, when feasible.

Exemption from Submitting Monthly Monitoring Reports (MMR) Required Under 327 IAC 5-2-15(A) 

IDEM will waive the requirement for members to submit monthly reports of operation under 327 IAC 5-2-15(a). Members will still be required by permit to report any instances of non-compliance with permit requirements or discharge limits. Members will still be required to submit the discharge monitoring reports (DMR) annually as required by 327 IAC 18-2-2.

Exemption from Submitting Monthly Reports of Operation (MRO) Required Under 327 IAC 2-4-1

IDEM will waive the requirement for members to submit monthly reports of operation under 327 IAC 2-4-1. Members will still be required by permit to report any instances of non-compliance with permit requirements or discharge limits. Members will still be required to submit the discharge monitoring reports (DMR) annually as required by 327 IAC 18-2-2.

Expedited Drinking Water Permitting and Well Site Selection Approval

IDEM will provide members with accelerated review of drinking water permits and well site selections when requested.

Flexible Permit Language

IDEM will provide members with the opportunity to operate under flexible permit conditions. Members may request a permit flexibility opportunity assessment to identify the potential for operational flexibility in their permit intended to reduce the need for future permit modifications.

Low Priority for Routine NPDES Inspections

Membership in ESP will be a consideration when selecting which sources to inspect in a given year. Members will be lower priority for routine inspections.

Reduction in NPDES Permit Sampling Frequency 

IDEM will provide members with the opportunity to reduce NPDES permit sampling frequency where sustained compliance is demonstrated and sampling results remain measurably below applicable limits.

Accelerate Renewal of Existing Land Application Permit 

IDEM will provide members with accelerated review of land application permit renewal application. Members do not need to submit land renewal application permits 180 days prior to expiration of the existing permit; however, land application permit renewals for members shall be submitted prior to expiration of the existing permit.

Reports for the Land Application Program 

IDEM will provide members with the opportunity to submit reports for the land application program to the agency within sixty (60) days of the last day of each calendar month for the term of the permit, as opposed to thirty (30) days for non-members.

Streamlined and Expedited NPDES Renewal Application Process (327 IAC 18-2-5)

IDEM will provide members with accelerated review of NPDES permit renewals when requested. Members will also be eligible for streamlined application submission for renewed permits including the existing permit and only those applicable forms needed to address modifications and additions in lieu of a complete permit renewal application.