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Senate Bill 0169


Senate Bill 0169

ARCHIVE (2005)

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DIGEST OF SB169 (Updated April 5, 2005 2:29 pm - DI 84)


Various environmental matters. Establishes the waste tire assistance fund to be administered by the Indiana recycling and energy development board. Provides that the fund is to be used for: (1) making forgivable loans to assist persons that derive a beneficial use from waste tires; (2) reimbursing solid waste management districts or municipal corporations that conduct waste tire collection days; and (3) providing incentive payments and reimbursements for waste tire processors and waste tire end users that use waste tires that originate in Indiana for a beneficial purpose. Expands the application of the waste tire fee to tires mounted on farm tractors, implements of husbandry, and semitrailers. Requires: (1) 80% of the waste tire fees to be deposited in the waste tire assistance fund; and (2) 20% of the fees to be deposited in the waste tire management fund. Establishes a procedure for an owner of a brownfield to petition the department of local government finance to waive or reduce the outstanding charges against the brownfield listed on the tax duplicate. Extends the voluntary remediation tax credit by two years Increases the maximum credit amount and changes the method of computation of the amount. Increases the total amount of credits allowed statewide to $2,000,000. Provides that, for purposes of the law concerning underground storage tanks and petroleum releases: (1) a person is considered an owner or operator; and (2) a governmental entity is not an owner or an operator; of an underground storage tank or a petroleum facility if the person conveyed ownership or control of the tank or facility to the governmental entity because of circumstances in which the governmental entity involuntarily acquired ownership or control. Requires all of the $90 underground petroleum storage tank registration fee to be deposited in the excess liability trust fund. Provides that a governmental entity is not liable for costs or damages associated with the presence of a hazardous substance on a property in which the political subdivision acquired an interest because of circumstances in which the governmental entity involuntarily acquired an interest in the property unless the governmental entity causes or contributes to the release or threatened release of the hazardous substance. Provides that a governmental entity is not liable if a loss results from an act taken to investigate or remediate hazardous substances, petroleum, or other pollutants associated with a brownfield. Provides that an exempt isolated wetland may be an isolated wetland that is located on land: (1) subject to regulation under United States Department of Agriculture wetland conservation programs, including Swampbuster and the Wetlands Reserve Program, because of voluntary enrollment in a federal farm program; and (2) used for agricultural or other purposes allowed under the programs. Provides that a wetland that is created or restored as a water of the United States may be used, as an alternative to the creation or restoration of an isolated wetland, as compensatory mitigation. Allows the department of environmental management to accept electronic signatures. Requires the department to study the feasibility of using environmental tickets or citations, using electronic permit applications and reports, and expediting the issuance of environmental licenses. Requires signs to be posted at certain sites where there is a fish consumption advisory. Requires the environmental quality service council to study: (1) issues concerning the establishment and operation of mercury recovery and recycling programs in Indiana during the 2005 interim; and (2). various aspects of environmental funds.
    Current Status:
     Returned to House of origin with Amendments
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