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Indiana Department of Environmental Management

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Chapter 1: Table of Contents

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Chapter 1 - Section I: Background

When was IDEM created?

The Indiana General Assembly created IDEM in 1985 and requires IDEM to include divisions dealing with air pollution, water pollution, solid waste management, pollution prevention and administrative services. The statute also requires IDEM to have departments that pertain to environmental emergencies, communications, public hearings and investigations.

What is IDEM’s mission?

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting and improving Indiana's environment. IDEM pursues enforcement action when a party disregards safety and endangers human health and the environment.

How is IDEM funded?

Based on 2005-2007 biennium appropriations, IDEM’s budget is derived from three sources: general funds (22%), federal funds (28%) and dedicated funds (50%).

How is IDEM organized?

IDEM is organized into six main offices: Air Quality, Land Quality, Water Quality, Pollution Prevention & Technical Assistance, Legal Counsel, and External Affairs. The Office of External Affairs is further broken down into the offices of: Agricultural Relations; Business Services; Intergovernmental Relations; Media & Communication Services; Management, Budget, & Administration; and Planning & Assessment. The Office of External Affairs also includes three regional service areas: Northern Regional Office, Northwest Regional Office, and the Southwest Regional Office.

IDEM is lead by a commissioner who is appointed by the Governor of Indiana and serves as a member of the Governor’s cabinet. The commissioner selects an assistant commissioner to lead each of IDEM’s major offices. The organizational chart provides a comprehensive look at IDEM’s internal structure.

Environmental protection in Indiana has come a long way since IDEM was first established. The agency has grown to a staff of over 900 and employs some of Indiana's most qualified engineers, scientists and environmental project managers specializing in pollution prevention, air, land and water quality issues. IDEM staff members work hard to provide quality environmental oversight and technical assistance in communities around the state. Whether you're a business owner, consultant, student, farmer, teacher or parent, IDEM staff is available to help.