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Legislative Outlook

This section provides updates on state and federal legislation that we're following. Please contact us with any questions or comments.

Indiana General Assembly: 2021 Legislation of Note

Indiana S.B. 389 - Repeals State Regulated Wetland Law

Authors: Sens. Garten (R-45), Messmer (R-48), and Rogers (R-11)

Repeals the law requiring a permit from the department of environmental management for wetland activity in a state regulated wetland. Makes corresponding changes to eliminate references to that law. States that the repeal of that law is not intended to affect: (1) the regulation in Indiana under the federal Clean Water Act of the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States; or (2) the authorization of the state of Indiana to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program.

The Center for the Environment hosted a virtual forum on Indiana Wetlands on Wednesday, February 24. Click here for more information.

Click here to access our informational brief on Indiana wetlands.

Indiana H.B. 1129 - PFAS in Public Water Systems

Author: Rep. Ryan Dvorak (D-8)

Requires the state department of health (state department) to establish state maximum contaminant levels for PFAS in water provided by public water systems. Provides that maximum contaminant levels established by the state department: (1) must be protective of public health, including the health of vulnerable subpopulations; and (2) may not be less stringent than any maximum contaminant level or health advisory promulgated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Several of our faculty affiliates are currently doing research on PFAS. Learn more here.

Indiana H.B. 1087 - Lead-Free Plumbing Products in School Buildings.

Author: Rep. Earl Harris (D-2)

Requires the governing body of a school corporation to ensure that every plumbing product: (1) acquired for installation in; (2) installed as part of; or (3) used in repairing or installing; the potable water system of a school building is lead free, according to the definition in the federal Safe Drinking Water Act regulations.

Federal Legislation of Note

S. 3894 - Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020

Sponsors/Co-sponsors: Braun (R-IN), Graham (R-SC), Stabenow (D-MI), Whitehouse (D-RI)

The Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020 aims to break down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate smart practices. The act creates a certification program at USDA to help solve technical entry barriers that prevent farmers and forestland owners from participating in carbon credit markets. The measure also aims to improve access to reliable information about markets and provide access to experts who can offer qualified technical assistance and verify credit protocols.

The bill currently has the backing of the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Corn Growers Association, and the Environmental Defense Fund, along with businesses like McDonald's and Microsoft. More than 40 farm groups, environmental organizations, and Fortune 500 companies have endorsed the measure.

S. 3480 - PFAS Testing and Treatment Act of 2020

Sponsors/Co-sponsors: Shaheen (D-NH), 19 co-sponsors

The bill would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to authorize additional assistance to address pollution from perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalklyl substances and other emerging contaminants. It primarily redefines language in the SDWA and FWPCA to include sites contaminated by PFAs, as well as allowing for the appropriation of funds to be allotted at the state level for PFAs decontamination efforts.

Several of our faculty affiliates are currently doing research on PFAS. Learn more here.


Indiana General Assembly: Passed Legislation of Note

Indiana H.B. 1189 - Regarding the Use of Firefighting Foam Containing PFAS

This bill prohibits the use of Class B firefighting foam containing an intentionally added PFAS chemical: (1) for training purposes; and (2) for testing purposes, unless the testing facility has implemented appropriate measures to prevent releases of the firefighting foam to the environment.