Indiana lawmakers urged to reject environmental rules bill
A coalition of 16 environmental, health and citizens groups is calling on Indiana lawmakers to reject a bill that would prevent state regulators from adopting environmental rules tougher than federal standards.
Groups including the Hoosier Environmental Council and the Indiana State Medical Association oppose the bill pending in the Senate. The measure passed the Indiana House last month.
Hoosier Environmental Council Executive Director Jesse Kharbanda said during a Statehouse news conference Wednesday that if the bill became law it would "handcuff" the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and prevent it from taking steps to protect the state's environment and public health.
Former IDEM general counsel Rosemary Spalding says the bill would eliminate Indiana's flexibility to address public and environmental health concerns "in a way that's appropriate for Indiana."
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