Continued Action on SEA 431

Continued Action on SEA 431

Save the Dunes Conservation Fund has joined with four other groups (the Cedar Creek Wildlife Project, Citizens Action Coalition, Hoosier Environmental Council, and Izaak Walton League of America,) in filing a 60-day Notice of Intent to Sue the Environmental Protection Agency. The target of the action is Senate Enrolled Act 431, signed by Governor Frank O’Bannon in March. The law allows the state to temporarily suspend water quality standards when cities with combined storm and sanitary sewer systems have to send untreated water into local streams after heavy rains. It also would allow additional discharges to Lake Michigan and other designated Outstanding State Resource Waters if the overall water quality in the watershed was estimated to improve, or if an additional fee for water quality improvements were paid. There has not yet been an official response to the Notice, filed in mid-September. We are hopeful that our efforts will prompt the EPA to acknowledge that SEA 431 will revise Indiana water quality standards without prior EPA approval, and thus violates the Clean Water Act.

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