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Open Burning Postcards

IDEM provides information describing what materials may or may not be open burned. Anyone may download, print, and distribute the following postcards for businesses, agricultural/vegetation maintenance, and residents:

Even where it is allowed by state and local regulations, open burning is not advised.

Environmental Justice

Environmental justice (EJ) is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. The following document shares details about an analysis completed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). It was determined that, in Indiana, the fraction of the standards seen in EJ areas vs. non-EJ areas is small.

Indiana Air Permit Fee Increases for the Title V Program

On August 14, 2019, the Indiana Environmental Rules Board affirmed a decision by IDEM’s Commissioner to increase the Office of Air Quality’s Title V program fees by 27%, including all fees from Part 70 sources under Title 326, Article 2, Rule 7 of the Indiana Administrative Code (326 IAC 2-7), Federally Enforceable State Operating Permit (FESOP) sources under 326 IAC 2-8, and Source Specific Operating Agreement (SSOA) sources under 326 IAC 2-9. IDEM’s Air Permit Timeframes and Fees Web page provides a table containing base application fees for permits.

Indiana’s Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan

IDEM reviews Indiana’s Annual Ambient Monitoring Network Plan every year. The plan contains a complete description of pollutants being monitored in Indiana and monitor locations. IDEM’s annual plan review includes a determination about what, if any, network changes may be appropriate for the coming year. IDEM invites the public to review and comment on the proposed plan in May or June each year, before submitting it to the United States Environmental Protection Agency on July 1 for approval. The public may review proposed and approved plans on Indiana’s Ambient Air Monitoring Network page.

The IDEM Featured Topics Web page provides updates on other environmental topics including but not limited to emergency response, land quality, water quality, and pollution prevention.

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