Write to Your Legislators to Oppose Efforts to Weaken Environmental Protection
The prospects for reintroduction of bills to handcuff Indiana's environmental agency professionals - while seeming less certain based on the latest information from key legislators and the Governor's office - remain a serious concern.
The "Regulatory Moratorium" would, with few exceptions, tie the hands of Indiana's regulators from enacting any new or modified safeguards to protect our environment. "No More Stringent Than" legislation would bar Indiana's regulators from acting on their own to enact environmental safeguards stronger than the federal government. Taken together, these two policies if adopted would prevent our state from acting to prevent environmental disasters like those that occurred in Ohio, West Virginia and North Carolina earlier this year.
Even with the bills' fate in question, HEC and our supporters must continue to discourage their introduction to ensure that these harmful policies don't become law.
Learn more about these bills on our Billwatch 2015 page, and send a message to your legislators today by visiting our action center.
Join a "Greening Your Community" Event in Your Area
|Barbara Sha Cox speaking at a recent GYC event.|
Are you interested in getting more involved in advocating for good environmental policy? Then attend one of our Greening Your Community house parties!
Greening Your Community is a state-wide initiative focused on developing a network of advocates for environmental causes, that will run through the 2015 legislative session.
A GYC house party will involve networking and viewing of three short videos covering big issues coming up in the 2015 legislative session. These events will also include discussion on getting motivated and prepared for the upcoming session. Of greatest concern is a renewed effort to tie the hands of regulators. If this were to happen, Indiana's scientifically-trained officials, charged with protecting our environment, could be blockaded in doing anything to systematically address major environmental threats.
If there is not an event in your area, please contact Amanda Shepherd and we will try to make arrangements for a party closer to you!