A Day at the Indiana URC
Loraine Seyfried is Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
It was May when the PUF team traveled to Indianapolis and received a warm welcome at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Commissioners and Staff educated us about Indy, also known as Circle City, as the statehouse was planned around Monument Circle. It's reminiscent of Washington, and not surprising as a surveyor for Pierre L'Enfant, who designed our nation's capital city, with its many traffic circles, helped design the Indy town plan.
PUF: What brought you to the Commission?
Loraine Seyfried: I did a lot of work with environmental law before coming here. I worked at IDEM, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and then I went into private practice, doing environmental law at Barnes & Thornburg.
After that, I came here to be a judge. I did a lot of work with utilities on their pollution control equipment when I was doing environmental work. It was kind of an easy overlap to come here. As opposed to deciding what pollution control you're going to install and getting a permit for it, utilities are asking for cost recovery of that pollution control equipment.