STATEHOUSE - Confined animal feeding operations came before the Indiana House of Representatives today, in discussions on House Bill 1074 and House Bill 1075. The House passed both of the bills, which were co-authored by state Rep. Tom Saunders.
HB 1074 creates "good character" requirements for these operations and allows Indiana's Department of Environmental Management to look into certain operations if the good character of the facility comes under question.
The bill also requires that landowners adjacent to a proposed confined animal feeding operation as well as county commissioners are notified when an application to build such an operation is filed. HB 1074 passed by a vote of 64-32.
HB 1075 attempts to protect state parks and reservoirs from possible environmental damage from confined animal feeding operations. The bill provides that a person cannot build a CAFO or apply manure to land within two miles of a state park or reservoir.
HB 1075 passed by a vote of 51-47.
"I believe in local control and decision-making when it comes to CAFOs," Rep. Saunders said. "Yet, these bills do not infringe upon the rights of local government to decide what is best for their communities. They merely ensure that these operations are well-kept and responsibly placed."
These bills will now head to the Senate for consideration.