Rep. Dermody's bill standing up for mint farmers signed into law
STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) authored House Bill 1451 that was signed into law by Gov. Mitch Daniels today. HB 1451 will prohibit Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) from requiring air permits for mint distilleries until they have received and reviewed the Environmental Quality Service Council (EQSC) report and recommendations.
HB 1451 will also require the EQSC's, a summer study committee, to study actual and potential air emissions from a mint distillery and whether mint distilleries should be considered farming operations for permit purposes.
The EQSC would be required to submit a report of their findings to IDEM by January 1, 2012.
"I've been happy to work with Indiana mint farmers to stand up against the harsh federal regulations being pressed on them and all Hoosier farmers," said Rep. Dermody. "Agriculture creates thousands of jobs in Indiana and mint distilleries alone create between $16 and $20 million in revenue a year.
"Protecting our resources and Indiana's economy is always a top priority and this bill is a victory for both."
Under current law, mint distilleries, which make peppermint and spearmint oils, are not considered farming operations and therefore are subject to certain regulations that farming operations are exempt from.-