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OPPOSE SB398 – appeals state regulated wetland laws

OPPOSE SB398 – appeals state regulated wetland laws
Update: February 2, 2021 - SB389 passed in the State Senate and is headed to the House. Call today to tell your Indiana House Representatives NO on SB 389! Here’s what happens: Call (317) 232-9600 to get the Indiana House of Representatives switchboard. Tell the operator you want to leave a message for your rep regarding a bill. If you don’t know your rep they can likely look it up. (When they answer the phone they usually know your name due to caller ID). IF you want to know your representative check out this website: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/ They will ask you what bill. You say SB 389. They will say: Support or oppose? You say Oppose. Or if you’re me you say something *slightly* more emphatic but they only record “oppose.” They say “Your comment has been recorded.” You say “Thank you.” The entire process takes 1 minute. PRO TIP: Save this number in your phone under your State Senator contact card so you never have to look it up again and it becomes the easiest call you’ll ever make! Please call today!! FEB 1, 2021 UPDATE: SB 389 passed in the Indiana Senate, and is now headed to the Indiana House.Read more

Comments for City Utilities Orthophosphate use to reduce lead in pipes

Allen County IDEM comment period is now through December 17, 2018 for permitting in the Orthophosphate Pilot Project at the Fort Wayne Water Filtration Plant.  https://www.in.gov/idem/files/notice_20181227_ws_11909.pdf   Save Maumee Member, Daniel Bennett Ph.D. dug into this a bit, and explains, “I looked for recent orthophosphate references from Fort Wayne Utilities and saw this letter they put out earlier this month and discusses elevated lead results from this Summer.” https://www.cityoffortwayne.org/images/stories/Utilities/docs/Lead/Lead_results_letter_2018_web.pdf Fort Wayne City Utilities tested 70 local homes, and 8 of those 70 had higher than recommended levels of lead.  The letter continues on describing the dangers of lead in water, what homeowners should do, and what Fort Wayne is doing about it.  For The City’s own response, they write: Fort Wayne employs pH and alkalinity adjustment to control corrosion. Over the years this treatment has proven to be effective. Currently the utility is in process of evaluating addition of orthophosphate to the water to improve corrosion control. So based on the timing of the permit, Dr. Bennett is assuming that the ”Orthophosphate Pilot Project” is a direct response to these poor lead tests.  The purpose of the added orthophosphate then, in this case, is to act as “corrosion inhibitor” in

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