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Chamber Meets With EPA Regional Administrator

On October 30, the Indiana Chamber – along with nearly 50 members (and a couple of other trade associations) – met in Chicago with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region V Administrator Cathy Stepp, Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Commissioner Bruno Pigott and their staffs to discuss environmental issues that impact the Indiana regulated community. Chamber member Skipp Kropp [...]

2018-11-06T23:59:57+00:00November 7th, 2018|

Federal Relations: EPA Issues New Rule to Replace Clean Power Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the long-awaited replacement to the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). The Indiana Chamber has been a staunch advocate for repeal of the CPP, which mandated a cut in the entire power sector’s emissions, and had made that request to the Trump administration. At the heart of the problem with the CPP: [...]

2018-08-27T13:12:08+00:00August 27th, 2018|

Net Neutrality Regulation Officially Ends; EPA Considering Cost-Benefit Analysis in Rulemaking

The Obama-era net neutrality regulations governing the internet are no more. On June 11, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Restoring Internet Freedom Order took effect. The FCC’s press release stated that the order provides a framework for protecting an open internet while paving the way for better, faster and cheaper internet access for consumers. It replaces unnecessary regulations with [...]

2018-06-15T13:29:39+00:00June 15th, 2018|

Chamber Submits Comments to EPA on Clean Power Plan; Other Big EPA News Impacting Indiana

On April 26, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supporting the repeal of the controversial rule, Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units – more commonly known as the Clean Power Plan. If implemented, the rule is projected to increase Indiana’s electricity rates 16% [...]

2018-04-27T13:11:06+00:00April 27th, 2018|

Trump Administration Delays Burdensome WOTUS Rule; Donnelly Approves

This week, the Trump administration formally suspended the Obama-era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule for two more years, which will be well after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expects to have its replacement ready to go. WOTUS would have given the EPA greater jurisdiction, leading to small waterways like wetlands and ponds being subject to federal rule. This [...]

2018-02-02T13:05:11+00:00February 2nd, 2018|

Donnelly and Young Join Forces; DACA Moves Back Into Spotlight

- Former Eli Lilly executive Alex Azar received a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee this week as President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Procedurally, the President had to re-nominate him in 2018. Since Azar was confirmed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee fairly easily, we do not anticipate any issues [...]

2018-01-12T14:25:32+00:00January 12th, 2018|

Repeal of the Clean Power Plan Now on Course

On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a proposed rule that would repeal the Clean Power Plan, which has been a source of contention since it was first proposed by the EPA in June 2014. The Indiana Chamber views the Clean Power Plan as a vehicle for dramatic increase in energy prices for business and [...]

2017-10-13T11:20:16+00:00October 13th, 2017|