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Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed a top employee of the state’s environmental oversight office to serve as 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 negotiated with governmental affairs. He was previously IDEM’s liaison for 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 to thank 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 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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The Indiana law gives the IDEM the responsibility of implementing state and federal regulations to protect the environment and human health.

IDEM staffers inspect regulated entities and provide technical assistance and compliance. They also monitor and assess air, soil, and water quality and use enforcement actions to enforce compliance. They also respond to spillages affecting the soils and waters of the state.

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