IDEM to hike permit fees for first time in decades

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Want to build a factory in Indiana? It will cost you just $50 to get a state permit that tells you how much pollution you can dump into the wastewater system. In Ohio, a similar permit would cost you $7,500. In Illinois, you might shell out up to $20,000.

Or maybe you’re thinking about building a solid-waste landfill. In Indiana, you can get a permit to build one for a flat fee of $31,300. In Ohio, it will cost you up to $80,000, depending on the size. In Illinois, the price tag can soar as high as $142,000.

These prices might seem like a bargain in Indiana, where the cost of environmental permits on everything from incinerators to wastewater-treatment plants is just a fraction of what nearby states charge. But in an odd turn of events, business leaders are supporting a move to raise the fees and are about to get their wish.

On May 5, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill supported by the Indiana Chamber, the Indiana Manufacturers Association, and other business and environmental groups that will allow the state to raise permit fees after an extensive rulemaking process that could last more than a year.

Indiana Lawyer sibling publication Indianapolis Business Journal has the full story here.

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