Judge: Indiana agency violated rules on factory permit


Courtesy: MGN

(AP)- An administrative law judge ruled that Indiana’s environmental agency broke its own public comment rules when it issued an air pollution permit for a $2.5 billion coal-to-diesel plant planned in southwestern Indiana.

Environmental Law Judge Catherine Gibbs agreed with the plant’s opponents that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management did not respond to a public records request before the 30-day public comment period ended.

An attorney for the opponents, Southwestern Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life and Valley Watch, says the judge has not issued an order yet that would require IDEM to reopen public comments. 

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(This story was originally published on February 9, 2020)

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