Bill to limit Indiana environmental rules dies

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state senator has killed legislation that would bar Indiana environmental regulators from creating standards harsher than federal rules.

Senate Environmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Charbonneau held the bill during the committee’s last meeting of this year’s legislative session Monday. The House earlier passed the bill 68-28.

Bill sponsor state Rep. David Wolkins of Winona Lake says the bill would have kept the state from imposing unnecessary and expensive regulations on industries. Opponents say it would have tied regulators’ hands and blocked them from creating Indiana-specific requirements.

Wolkins says he’s been trying to pass the legislation for about two decades. The previous Senate committee chairwoman refused to review the bill and later called it “bad public policy.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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