Groups Upset with IDEM For Planned Stoppage Of Public Notices Created by on 9/15/2012 8:44:57 AM
Eighteen environmental and public interest groups are urging Indiana's environmental agency to reconsider its plans to stop publishing newspaper notices that alert the public about hearings on proposed air quality policy changes.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management plans to stop publishing newspaper advertisements by December 1st about hearings on proposed changes to state air pollution rules and plans to bring parts of the state that exceed federal air quality regulations into compliance with those rules.
Those environmental, conservation, public health and consumer protection groups sent a letter Friday to IDEM's commissioner.
The groups say the agency's planned shift to notifying the public about such hearings through its website and emails would cost ordinary Hoosiers "an important channel" to learn about the hearings and could expand to other state agencies.