[r73] Rep. Davisson urges environmental ease (4/15/2013)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Start Date: 4/15/2013 All Day

STATEHOUSE- Indiana State Representative Steve Davisson (R-Salem) authored a House resolution urging the legislative council to assign the Environmental Quality Service Council to study the topic of a single point contact for submitting permit applications for either Water Quality Certification, state regulated wetlands or the state’s Flood Control Act.

“Under current law, our Hoosier farmers face a bureaucratic nightmare in acquiring the proper paperwork to clear log jams and blockages from their property,” said Rep. Davisson. “As the process drags out, these farmers lose valuable land due to erosion by flooding and shifting of river and creek banks. In urging the Environmental Quality Service Council to address this issue, we hope to streamline the process and eliminate unnecessary blockades.”

The resolution’s beginning stemmed from continuing communications between Rep. Davisson and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Farm Bureau concerning Section 401 of the Water Quality Certification. This resolution urges DNR and IDEM to work on establishing a single point of contact for permit applications as opposed to three, which is current law. 

“We want to do all we can to relinquish any unnecessary government regulation,” said Rep. Davisson. “In passing this resolution, we hope to alleviate some of the confusion and time it takes to get blockages cleared.”

HR 51 would not change the environmental protections in place but just makes the process easier.