Home / Month: November 2018
26 Nov 2018Is IDEM’s Takeover of the 404 Permitting Program a Good Idea or All Wet?
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is actively exploring a takeover of the U.S. Army Corps’ Section 404 permitting program, as reported from the United States Protection Agency/Region 5 (EPA) meeting earlier this fall. If completed, most of the Clean Water Act Section 404 dredge and fill permits issued in Indiana would be issued
20 Nov 2018Barnes & Thornburg Hosts Midterm Environmental Assessment Seminar
On the heels of the midterm elections, Barnes & Thornburg’s Environmental Department hosted a three-part seminar at our Washington, D.C., office, highlighting the administration’s achievements and future goals in the environmental enforcement space. Susan Parker Bodine, the assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), reviewed many of OECA’s developments and
13 Nov 2018Can an EPA or State Agency Information Demand Trigger a Liability Insurer’s Duty to Defend?
It is well established that insurance coverage for potentially responsible party (PRP) letters is available under the law of most jurisdictions. Many, if not most, jurisdictions now recognize that a demand from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or a state agency to investigate and remediate contamination is the functional equivalent of a suit, which triggers
07 Nov 2018EPA Region 5 and IDEM in Full Collaboration Mode (Mostly)
On Oct. 30, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 officials met with officials from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and members of the regulated community to discuss current priorities and issues within the Region 5/IDEM area. The gathering included almost all of the upper management of EPA Region 5 and