Environmentalists ask for answers from EPA

Environmentalists want to know what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to do about the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's recent move to revamp its rules for enforcement.

A coalition of environmental groups including the Hoosier Environmental Council, the Sierra Club and others sent a letter to the EPA on Friday requesting the agency's opinion on IDEM's proposed changes, which include dissolving its enforcement office.

The groups are particularly concerned about a proposal that assistant commissioners must sign off on enforcement for action be taken.

IDEM Commissioner Thomas Easterly said after a meeting with EPA in mid-February that IDEM believes the policy fully complies with all laws, rules and regulations.

EPA spokeswoman Karen Thompson says that agency is still considering its response.

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