The Bear Run coal mine will soon become the largest -- and least regulated -- coal mine in the Eastern United States. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has decided to "rubber stamp" the mine with the same weak general permit that governs many small mines in other parts of the state, rather than fulfill its obligation to protect Hoosiers and aquatic life. Urge IDEM officials to issue an individual permit to the Bear Run facility so that the pollutants and toxins specific to that mine and the land it occupies are better controlled to protect public health and the environment.
Neither Indiana nor the federal government have done enough to protect rivers and drinking water from toxic coal ash pollution. EPA has proposed safeguards that would protect clean water from coal ash. Now industry lobbyists and their allies in congress are trying to block EPA's work to protect clean water. Tell Congress that we need common sense standards for toxic coal ash.
In response to pressure from concerned citizens and the EPA, Indiana has drafted new standards to decrease water pollution from some factory farms. Indiana's Water Pollution Control Board still needs to approve these standards. Your input can help make sure Indiana does more to control water pollution from factory farms.
Urge the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to set standards for phosphorus pollution in Indiana's waters.
Indiana has delayed setting statewide phosphorus pollution standards for years. In the meantime, dangerous algae blooms caused by phosphorus have become common across the state. The Department of Environmental Management is currently drafting standards for lakes and reservoirs, and has not begun writing standards for rivers and streams. Public pressure can help get these critical standards in place.
The Army Corps. of Engineers can deny permits for ditching projects that damage streams and increase pollution. Tell the Army Corps. they need to review applications carefully and deny permits for inappropriate ditching that causes needless damage to Indiana's waterways.
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