As coal plants shut down in Indiana, the state gets less money from the air permit fees that companies pay to put pollution in the air. That means fewer dollars are going to the people and equipment needed to run the state’s air permitting program.
The state plans to increase those fees for the first time in more than a decade.
Matt Stuckey works for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Office of Air Quality. He says for a while now, IDEM employees have been struggling to do more with less.