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2021

Community Recycling Grants Announced

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) announced the availability of grant funding for projects that include education and promotion of recycling, waste reduction, organics management (including yard waste management and composting), and household hazardous waste collection and disposal, through the agency's Community Recycling Grant Program.

Counties, municipalities, solid waste management districts, schools, and nonprofit organizations in Indiana are eligible to submit a Community Recycling Grant application requesting $500 to $100,000 in funding.

Applications can be submitted beginning February 1, 2021. The final day to submit applications is March 1, 2021. Final funding determinations will be made at the end of March 2021. Applicants can find guidelines and the application on the CRGP page.

Dry Cleaner and Laundry Dataset

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Office of Land Quality (OLQ) has compiled information from historical and current city directories, business directories, and telephone books to create a dry cleaner and laundry (DCaL) dataset.

2020

Waelz Sustainable Products, LLC

Information and documents related to the Waelz Sustainable Products, LLC New Source Construction and Part 70 Operating Permit are available on the IDEM Public Notices: Northern Indiana page.

ArcelorMittal Fish Kill

Information and documents related to the August 2019 fish kill are available on the IDEM Water Quality in Indiana site.

Emergency Spill Response: Selecting a Spill Contractor and Spill Contractor Map

When spills occur, it is imperative that prompt actions are taken to protect human health, the environment, and property. These actions often require the expertise of specialized professionals who are trained and equipped to respond to environmental emergencies. To help expedite the containment and cleanup of spills, IDEM has developed two new webpages: Selecting a Spill Contractor and the Spill Contractor Map.

The spill contractor map is specific to spill response contractors servicing Indiana and is not intended to include other services such as environmental consulting, permitting, or industrial hygiene. If your company specializes in emergency spill response, you may complete the Spill Response Contractor Form to be added to the map.

If you have questions please contact IDEM Emergency Response (317-308-3038, emergencyresponse@idem.IN.gov).

Electronics Recycling Event at Indiana Government Center

To help keep electronics out of landfills and to celebrate America Recycles Day, IDEM is partnering with Technology Recyclers to host two E-Waste collection events at the Indiana Government Center. The collection events, held on November 12 and November 17 at 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM, will be open to all state employees and will be held at Robert Orr Plaza. State employees can drive or walk their unwanted electronic items to Robert Orr Plaza where staff from Technology Recyclers will collect these items. For a contactless delivery, please stay in your vehicle and staff will unload your unwanted electronics. If you choose to walk to the event to drop off materials, please practice social distancing by staying six feet apart from others and wearing a mask.

Pollution Prevention Week September 21-27, 2020

To honor Indiana's environmental achievements and recognize the collaboration between government, business, industry and citizens, Governor Eric J. Holcomb has issued a proclamation declaring September 21 - 27, 2020, Pollution Prevention Week. Indiana's proclamation [PDF] coincides with National Pollution Prevention Week, which is observed the third week of September.

Pollution Prevention Week was preceded by the 23rd annual Indiana Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show, which occurred last week. This year's conference theme was "Small Changes = Big Impacts." At the conference, six new members were inducted into the Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention program. In addition, the Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence were presented to six winners who were honored for extraordinary initiatives in protecting the environment.

Nonrule Policy Document for Addressing Closure at Low-threat Petroleum Releases

The Nonrule Policy Document, Independent Closure Process Guidance, is available on the IDEM Storage Tanks website. The Nonrule Policy Document expands the State Cleanup Program’s “Independent Closure Process Guidance” by requiring submission of the initial findings within 60 days of a low-threat petroleum release. Due to the increased level of IDEM involvement, IDEM will issue a No Further Action letter upon satisfaction of closure requirements. The NPD effective date is August 7, 2020.

IDEM and Purdue MEP Offer Technical Assistance and Grant Opportunities to Manufacturers

Indiana manufacturers are eligible for a unique opportunity for on-site technical assistance and training from the Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). The Purdue MEP program is a champion for the manufacturing sector and has a longstanding history of providing manufacturers with high value, affordable solutions to manufacturing challenges including lean manufacturing, energy efficiency, quality improvement, six sigma, and more. Now, with funding from IDEM's Pollution Prevention Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Purdue MEP is offering a new process improvement assessment to your facility’s toolbelt: W.A.S.T.E. Stream Mapping.

The Recycling Market Development Program Grant

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management Office of Program Support on behalf of the Recycling Market Development Board (RMDB) is now accepting 2020 proposals. The deadline for submissions is May 29, 2020, at 5:00 PM.

Public/private businesses, local government, schools, and non-profit organizations may seek a grant starting at $10,000 and up to $500,000 with a 50 percent cash match. Projects should focus on increasing collection or consumption, as well as economic development, education, and outreach efforts related to recycling. The Recycling Market Development Program website offers detailed proposal requirements, and can assist with questions about the application process.

COVID-19

At the State of Indiana, the health and safety of our communities and employees is our top priority. We provide an essential service that is critically important and, much like many other states in the U.S. and across the globe, Indiana has established coronavirus (COVID-19) preparedness plans. As the COVID-19 situation continues to rapidly evolve around the world, I want to update you on some of the decisions we at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) made to ensure we are fulfilling our obligations to our employees while we continue our operational responsibilities for the citizens of Indiana.

Pending Nonrule Policy Document for Addressing Closure at Low-threat Petroleum Releases

A pending Nonrule Policy Document, Independent Closure Process Guidance, is available on the IDEM Nonrule Policies website. The pending Nonrule Policy Document expands the State Cleanup Program’s “Independent Closure Process Guidance” by requiring submission of the initial findings within 60 days of a low-threat petroleum release. Due to the increased level of IDEM involvement, IDEM will issue a No Further Action letter upon satisfaction of closure requirements. Any interested party may submit comments before the comment period deadline on April 13, 2020. For additional information and contacts, please refer to the pending Nonrule Policy Document.

Amendments to 329 IAC 3.1-14 and 329 IAC 3.1-15

The Second Notice of Comment Period and Draft Rule for LSA Document #14-287 was published in the Indiana Register on February 12, 2020. The rulemaking includes amendments to 329 IAC 3.1-14 and 329 IAC 3.1-15 for the financial assurance requirements at hazardous waste facilities, including technical amendments to the financial test requirements and the addition of specific and detailed requirements for corrective action financial assurance at hazardous waste facilities. The Second Notice of Comment Period document available on the Indiana Register website provides details about the draft rule and information on how to submit comments. Any interested party may submit comments before the comment period deadline on March 13, 2020. For additional information and questions about the notice and rulemaking, please contact the Office of Legal Counsel, Rules Development Section.

Franklin Site Investigations

Interactive map and updates regarding IDEM sites in Franklin, In.

2019

Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule Update (2019)

The Hazardous Waste Updates final rule (LSA Document #18-481) that includes the federal Generator Improvement Rule will be published in the Indiana Register and effective on December 26, 2019. The rulemaking includes amendments for incorporation by reference of recent United States Environmental Protection Agency rules for hazardous waste generator improvements, import-export of hazardous waste, electronic manifest user fees, and technical amendments and corrections to existing hazardous waste requirements. Please contact the Office of Land Quality, Hazardous Waste Compliance for questions about compliance with the amended requirements.

Request for Proposals: Recycling Infrastructure & Economics Study

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management Office of Program Support on behalf of the Recycling Market Development Board (RMDB) is requesting proposals to conduct a state-wide municipal solid waste (MSW) and recycling infrastructure and economic impact study in the State of Indiana. Funding for one project will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Proposals are being accepted through January 10, 2020 until 5:00 PM EST

Details are available on the Recycling Market Development Program page.

New Grant Program Announced

IDEM has announced the availability of grant funds to assist communities’ efforts to increase recycling and waste reduction. The Community Recycling Grant Program is authorized to provide grants for projects that include education and promotion of recycling, waste reduction, organics management (including yard waste management and composting), and household hazardous waste collection and disposal. Solid waste management districts, counties, municipalities, schools, and nonprofit organizations located in Indiana are eligible to apply for funding. Businesses, commercial operations, and for-profit organizations are NOT eligible for grant funding. Grant proposals are accepted from October 1 through December 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Pollution Prevention Week September 15-21, 2019

To honor environmental achievements and spur the renewed commitment of business, industry, citizens, and government, Governor Eric J. Holcomb has issued a proclamation designating September 15 to 21, 2019 as Pollution Prevention Week in Indiana. Indiana’s proclamation [PDF] coincides with National Pollution Prevention Week, also observed the third week of September.

The week will feature the 22nd Annual Indiana Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show. The conference is open to all public and private sectors who wish to exchange ideas, share experiences, and promote practices that help the environment. Presentations include discussions with industry leaders on sustainability, pollution prevention, and saving energy in manufacturing, as well as an interactive conference track that focuses on wastewater issues. New organizations will be inducted into Partners for Pollution Prevention during the conference, and there will be a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence presentation.

Apply to become a member of IDEM's Environmental Stewardship Program!

Are you interested in having your business recognized as one of Indiana’s top environmental leaders? Do you want regulatory benefits such as reduced reporting or advanced notice for compliance inspections? The IDEM encourages you to apply for the Environmental Stewardship Program, which is a voluntary, performance based leadership program designed to recognize and reward Indiana regulated entities for going above and beyond compliance with environmental regulations. Any regulated entity in Indiana may apply regardless of type, size, or complexity. Applications are now being accepted through October 31, 2019.

Pharmaceutical Sewer Ban Effective August 21, 2019

Although Indiana has not completed adoption of the U.S. EPA Pharmaceutical Rule, a portion of the rule prohibiting the flushing of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals becomes effective in all states regardless of whether the state has adopted the rule. The following is an excerpt from the U.S. EPA website on this issue:

“Section 266.505 of title 40 of the CFR prohibits all healthcare facilities and reverse distributors from discharging any hazardous waste pharmaceuticals to a sewer system that passes through to a publicly owned treatment works (POTW). The sewer prohibition applies to RCRA hazardous waste pharmaceuticals that are also controlled substances under the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulations and collected household pharmaceuticals (see 40 CFR section 266.506). We note that although the sewer prohibition applies to healthcare facilities and reverse distributors with respect to hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, EPA strongly discourages sewering of any pharmaceutical in any setting (with few exceptions, such as sterile water, 0.9 percent sodium chloride (saline) and Ringer’s lactate solution).”

Additional information is available on the U.S. EPA website.

IDEM and DNR responding to reported fish kill

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) continue to work with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the federal agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to coordinate the response to a reported fish kill in the East Arm of the Little Calumet River in Portage, Ind.

For questions about this incident, please contact IDEM. Media should contact IDEM's Media Relations Office.

U.S. EPA and IDEM Consider Permit Renewal

Safety-Kleen Systems Inc., East Chicago, Indiana

U.S. EPA and IDEM will accept public comments about the proposed Safety-Kleen PCB treatment and storage permit through August 31.

Indiana Air Permit Fee Information and Request for Fee Increases for Title V Permit Fees

IDEM’s Office of Air Quality has completed an extensive evaluation of revenues from Title V permit fees, and after careful consideration, and consistent with the provisions of the Indiana General Assembly’s House Enrolled Act 1278 which directs the Environmental Rules Board to approve a fee increase, IDEM is proposing to increase Title V permit fees. This proposed increase is necessary so that IDEM can continue to provide quality permit service in the air program and to ensure that IDEM has sufficient revenue to maintain the other portions of the air program funded through Title V fees.

Underground Storage Tank Pilot Program

IDEM’s Underground Storage Tank (UST) Branch is launching a pilot program [PDF] for characterizing leaking underground storage tank (LUST) releases using high-resolution site characterization tools (HRSC). There is a process for the selection of sites to be included in the program and a checklist [PDF] of primary qualifications.

Indiana Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence are Indiana’s most prestigious environmental recognition awards. They are reserved for the most innovative, sustainable, and exemplary programs or projects that positively impact Indiana’s environment and demonstrate measurable environmental, economic, and social benefits. The 2019 Awards Program will open on January 28, 2019, and nominations will be accepted from 8:00 AM January 28, 2019 until 5:00 PM on April 1, 2019.

Eligibility Requirements

Any Indiana citizen, business, nonprofit organization, school, university, or government agency may submit a nomination or be nominated for the award.

Awards Categories
  • Energy/Renewable Resources;
  • Environmental Education and Outreach;
  • Five year Continuous Improvement;
  • Greening the Government;
  • Land Use/Conservation;
  • Pollution Prevention;
  • Recycling/Reuse;