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Indiana Department of Environmental Management

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Chapter 6: Table of Contents

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Chapter 6 - Section IV: Why Sources of Facilities Need Permits

Sources and facilities are required to obtain permits in order to make sure that they are operating in a way that will not damage air, water or land quality, or harm human health. Permits limit the amount of pollutants that these facilities can put into the environment in order to protect it. Some of the activities that need permits are when facilities:

  1. Construct and operate sources of air emissions;
  2. Construct wastewater pollution control equipment;
  3. Discharge wastewater from a single location, known as point source, onto the ground or into lakes or streams;
  4. Construct and operate facilities to handle or dispose of solid wastes;
  5. Construct, operate, or close facilities that treat, store or dispose of hazardous wastes; and,
  6. Construct facilities to treat or distribute drinking water.