DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Ballast water and sediment in oceangoing vessels. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2012, each oceangoing vessel engaging in port operations in Indiana must obtain a permit from the department of environmental management (IDEM). Allows IDEM to issue a permit only if the applicant can demonstrate that the vessel will not discharge aquatic nuisance species, or if the vessel discharges ballast water or sediment, that the operator of the vessel will use environmentally sound technology and methods to prevent the discharge of aquatic nuisance species. Requires IDEM to establish a ballast water and sediment inspection program that ensures that aquatic nuisance species do not enter the waters of Indiana. Requires the water pollution control board to adopt rules to implement these provisions.