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Friday, May 25, 2012

Environment - "Big error by IDEM"

That is the heading to this editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. It concludes:

IDEM’s inexplicable approval of the defective permit offers more evidence that the state agency responsible for enforcing state and federal pollution rules is simply too lax. In 2007, The Journal Gazette documented the agency’s dismal performance in enforcing voluntary plans businesses develop to clean polluted sites. Two years ago, one of the agency’s top lawyers told enforcement officials that rather than cite all violations at a business, to “pick the most apt legal requirement(s) and cite only those.”

BP should be commended for agreeing to the additional pollution controls. Perhaps the company is ultrasensitive to environmental issues following the cat- astrophic 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Still, Hoosiers should be glad the company and environmentalists agreed on a way that will preserve the $3.8 billion expansion, believed to be the biggest private-sector investment ever in the state.

IDEM, on the other hand, has never explained why it wrongly approved the doomed BP permit. Hoosiers should demand answers.

For background, start with this ILB entry from yesterday, May 24th.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 25, 2012 10:06 AM
Posted to Environment