Environmental Policy

The Environmental Policy Office is dedicated to ensuring that INDOT is compliant with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and hazardous material requirements. The Office is responsible for red flag investigations, Phase I & II environmental site assessments (ESA), remediation of contamination of discovered during construction, noise barrier assessments, air quality reviews, and the preparation/review of NEPA documents.

Within Environmental Policy there are two units: Document Review and Hazardous Materials. The Document Review Unit is responsible for ensuring that Indiana’s transportation projects comply with federal and state requirements for environmental documentation, including NEPA, the Indiana Environmental Policy Act, and associated regulations. The unit prepares and reviews Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, and Categorical Exclusions. 

The Hazardous Materials Unit is responsible for responding to questions regarding the transportation, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials and wastes associated with INDOT construction projects. This unit provides advice on hazardous materials policy, operations, and regulation as well as providing a link between IDEM, consultants, the public, and INDOT project staff.  In addition, it prepares and reviews red flag investigations, Phase I ESA, and Phase II ESA for INDOT projects.

Environmental Policy Manuals 

Procedural Manual for Environmental Studies  2008

Categorical Exclusion (CE) Preparation Manual – Last updated May 2017    

Programmatic Categorical Exclusion

Project Development Tools  

Policy Links

Early Coordination

Water Quality Information

Stormwater Coordination Guidance

USFWS Coordination Guidance  

Policy Background

Hazardous Materials Information  

Air Quality Information

Noise Information

Environmental Policy Facts

Contact Information

Ron Bales
Environmental Policy Manager
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave. IGCN 642
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-234-4916
rbales@indot.in.gov