A bill requiring state oversight of satellite manure storage facilities is gaining support in the Indiana General Assembly.
The measure calls for facilities holding 1 million gallons or more to request a permit from the Department of Environmental Management.
Representative Bill Davis is the bill’s author. He says the amount allows smaller operations to avoid added costs.
“We feel that the million gallon threshold is fair,” he says, “both from the standpoint of protecting the environment and from the standpoint of not forcing an extremely small operating out because he couldn’t afford the regulatory hoops to get a permit.”
Applicants would pay a $100 fee. The money will go to the Permit Operations Fund used to cover expenses associated with the permit program. Opponents think storage facilities should get IDEM approval if they hold 800,000 gallons or more. A similar bill passed in the Senate’s Energy and Environmental Affairs Committee.