INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed a newly formed
rule-making board that’s stoked concerns about what it could mean for
Indiana’s environmental regulations.
Former Republican state Sen. Beverly Gard of Greenfield will chair the new
11-member Environmental Rules Board, which will also have five non-voting
members. It was authorized by a law passed last session that merged
Indiana’s water pollution, air pollution and solid waste management boards.
Both environmentalists and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce worry the new
board won’t have the technical proficiency to make informed decisions on the
wide-ranging proposals the three boards once handled.
Hoosier Environmental Council executive director Jesse Kharbanda says he
hopes the new board errs “on the side of caution in protecting the public’s
health” and is responsive to the concerns of public interest groups.