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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ind. Law - Some farm-related legislative proposals

From Gary Truitt of Hoosier Ag Today, a story Jan. 26th headed "Farm Bills Moving in General Assembly," discussing a number of measures.

From Bill Hyden of the New Castle Courier-Times, a story headed "Saunders wants big farms to pay for cleanup" that begins:

A local state legislator has introduced a bill that would require owners of large-scale animal farms to set aside funds in the event of an environmental disaster that occurs after such facilities close.

State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) has proposed legislation that would forbid anyone from starting construction of a confined feeding operation (CFO) or a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) without presenting proof of sufficient financial ability to pay for costs related to the closure, monitoring, maintenance and spill response in the event of a catastrophe.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management would determine closing cost requirements on pending large-farm operations, Saunders said.

"What I am doing with this bill is asking the IDEM to make the rules for closing costs," said Saunders. "If you are doing business of this scale, then you need to be able to take care of any problems you create for others. I heard about a facility in northern Indiana that was operating before the owners walked away and left the state with the cleanup bill."

ILB: Similar legislation has been in place for years for solid and hazardous waste facilities.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 28, 2014 09:01 AM
Posted to Indiana Law