Staff of eight maintains compliance with local, state and federal agencies

EnergyLines April 2018

 

The environmental services team works with Hoosier Energy staff to provide the framework to manage environmental aspects for the G&T.

 

The regulatory landscape is constantly evolving with the energy industry meeting or exceeding regulations for Coal Combustion Residuals Rule, Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, Cross-State Air Pollution Update Rule, Effluent Limitation Guidelines and the Clean Power Plan.

 

Monitoring and reporting of several programs are the responsibility of environmental services staff. These programs include Title V air permits; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) waste; landfill and solid waste; Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) infrastructure; the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) water permits; and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and the U.S. Forest Service requirements.

 

Environmental services has the task of ensuring Hoosier Energy maintains compliance with the regulations and laws set forth by local, state and federal environmental agencies. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) primarily implement rules and regulations created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the states of Indiana and Illinois, respectively. Hoosier Energy reports to both agencies, as well as the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, and Army Corps of Engineers.

 

All of Hoosier Energy’s generating stations, transmission facilities and operation centers are required to comply with environmental regulations.

 

Along with routine inspections, Hoosier Energy conducts training for programs such as Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure, recycling, proper waste disposal and various air and water permit compliance. The staff also serves as technical resources to facility staff for interpreting requirements in order to ensure compliance.

 

The department strives to integrate management, operations and maintenance in an approach to exceed compliance with a team effort.

 

The environmental team monitors daily plant operations to stay in line with the regulations applicable to Hoosier Energy’s generating stations. Some of these activities include compiling the data from continuous air emissions monitoring instrumentation, coordinating laboratory results from water and waste sampling, and reporting those results to the regulatory agencies.

 

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