The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is expanding its online asbestos licensing program by accepting first-time asbestos contractor applications over the Internet. Previously, only contractor renewals were processed electronically. Expanded services will be available beginning August 15, 2011.
The first online license service that IDEM offered reduced the average asbestos contractor renewal processing time from three to six weeks down to 10 days. A similar efficiency improvement is expected by using the Internet to process first-time contractor applications.
Reducing the time it takes to issue first-time asbestos licenses will allow contractors to begin working more quickly, a benefit in any economic climate. The program also increases IDEM's efficiency because employees will spend less time manually entering data.
"The online asbestos licensing program is one more example of how Indiana is a great place for business," said IDEM Commissioner Thomas Easterly. "Developing technological innovations is just one way that IDEM is keeping up with the speed of business while we continue to protect Indiana's environment."
Among the six U.S. EPA Region 5 states, Indiana is the only one with an online asbestos licensing program. Online license services are currently available to asbestos contractors, and IDEM will continue expanding online license services to other asbestos professionals in the future.
IDEM's online features, including asbestos licensing, can be found at www.idem.IN.gov.
Established in 1986, IDEM (www.idem.IN.gov) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment. As the agency celebrates its 25th anniversary in April, IDEM is issuing a series of news releases to highlight environmental accomplishments and important challenges that lie ahead.
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