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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "No more stringent" back again
In Backdrop of Flint Water Crisis, House Environmental Committee Passes Major Anti-Environmental Bill, Despite Across-the-Board Opposition by Public Interest Groups
Just a few moments ago, the Indiana House Environment Committee narrowly passed (on a vote of 7 to 6) a highly controversial bill (HB 1082) that would leave Indiana vulnerable to environmental disasters like the one unfolding in Flint.
“The situation in Flint demonstrates the gaps that exist in federal regulation that Indiana could address if we do not adopt HB 1082 as law: In Committee this morning, the bill's author, Representative Wolkins, correctly pointed out that there were violations of federal drinking water regulations in Flint. However, close examination of those regulations brings to light gaps that could allow the Flint situation to happen again. For example, under federal regulation, drinking water systems can continue to deliver lead-tainted water to households and businesses for up to 24 months while a variety of fixes are attempted,” said Dr. Indra Frank, Environmental Health and Water Policy Director for the Hoosier Environmental Council.