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Governor appoints a new leader for Indiana’s environment agency | State

Gov. Eric Holcomb has appointed a top state employee to be its new leader.

Brian Rockensuess started his tenure as commissioner of Indiana Department of Environmental Management Dec. 13.

Rockensuess was the IDEM chief of staff for five years, where he managed daily operations and governed governmental affairs. He was previously the IDEM’s liaison with the Indiana General Assembly.

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Holcomb, a Republican, stated that “I have no doubt Brian will build upon what IDEM is already doing,” Holcomb said. “His dedication to the agency, and to protecting the environment, will be a great asset to all Hoosiers.”

Rockensuess stated that his goal as IDEM Commissioner is to “continue making great strides in environment protection throughout the state and improve efficiency within the agency.”

“I want Gov. Rockensuess expressed gratitude to Holcomb for the opportunity of continuing to lead the IDEM group to find creative solutions and opportunities that provide the best results to all Hoosiers,” Rockensuess stated.

Rockensuess received his bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, and a master’s degree in public administration at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

He succeeds Bruno Pigott (ex-IDEM Commissioner), who resigned Dec. 3 to become deputy administrator in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s office of water.

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Indiana law gives IDEM the authority to implement federal and state regulations that protect the environment and human well-being.

IDEM staffers inspect and monitor regulated bodies; provide compliance assistance and technical assistance; monitor, assess, and assess air, soil, and water quality; use enforcement action as necessary to ensure compliance; respond to incidents involving spills that affect the soils or waters in the state.

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