Rep. Bob Morris (R- Fort Wayne) co-authored House Bill 1112, land application of industrial waste products.
House Bill 1112 requires the Commission of the Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to approve or deny an application for a permit concerning the land application of a material or for marketing and distribution of a biosolid or an industrial waste product within 180 days after receiving the application.
"This is a bill that can directly improve how we deal with industrial waste within our district," said Rep. Morris. "By establishing specific guidelines for handling industrial waste, we will be able to better utilize it to benefit local industries."
Some of the following are also provisions of HB 1112:
"This is a win-win situation; both the steel industry and farmers will benefit from this legislation. The steel industry will no longer need to ship non harmful industrial waste far away, which is costly, and farmers can use this composted byproduct to help their agriculture endeavors," said Rep. Morris.
House Bill 1112 passed the House and was assigned to the Committee on Energy and Environmental Affair in the Senate for further debate.