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Report: Indiana Air Pollution Hurts Hoosier Health

Apr 18, 2018

A new national report outlines the impact of pollution in Indiana on public health and finds communities across the state register significant negative impacts.

Indianapolis, South Bend and Madison rank low for communities that experience poor air quality leading to asthma, respiratory and cardiovascular conditions. American Lung Association Senior Vice President Paul Billings says factors like vehicle traffic impact air quality in northern and central Indiana. 

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About a year ago, Purdue engineering professor Andy Whelton started a Kickstarter campaign to fund his research on what's known as cured in place pipe, or CIPP, in part because he’d had to use some of his own cash to keep it going.

Suit Wants Indiana Added To Smog Producers List

Oct 14, 2016
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Indiana could be forced to reduce power plant emissions that cause smog. That’s because of a lawsuit filed by six northeastern states against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed the lawsuit with five other states last week. Those states are asking the EPA to add Indiana and eight other Midwestern and Southeastern states to the so-called Ozone Transport Region.

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A new report from the American Thoracic Society estimates 189 deaths occurred in Indiana because of air pollution annually from 2011 through 2013.

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Indiana is one of 26 states suing to block the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan -- but a utility trade association is advising legislators to assume the rule will stand.

The Clean Power Plan requires states to cut carbon emissions by one-third in 14 years.

Karen Obenshain with the Edison Electric Institute says the wisdom of the plan may be questioned, but it appears to pass legal muster.

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Indiana ranks 41st in the country for overall health, according to the latest America's Health Rankings report from the United Health Foundation.

And it's the third year in a row Indiana has landed in the exact same spot.

United Healthcare of Indiana Medical Director Julie Daftari says even though the state's ranking is unchanged from last year, Indiana still had several victories.

How Indiana Could Achieve The New EPA Pollution Standards

Aug 19, 2015
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Indiana must reduce the carbon dioxide its power plants emit by about a third in the next 15 years.

The mandate comes as part of new Environmental Protection Agency rules President Obama announced earlier this month.

The rules require each state to put together a plan on how it will reach the new EPA goals. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Gretchen Frazee explains how that could work.

Zoeller Opens State's Playbook For Anti-EPA Lawsuit

Aug 6, 2015
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Indiana and the other 14 states planning to sue to stop implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new clean air standards have already begun to gameplan how they’ll make their case.

The states sued once before to stop the regulation -- an appeals court ruled they had to wait till the rule was final.

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Hydraulic fracturing -- fracking, for short -- has been an economic boon to such states as North Dakota. It's produced never-before-seen wealth in the form of the gas and oil released from rocks deep underground.

A new report from Purdue agricultural economists Wally Tyner and Farzad Taheripour estimates the industry could create as much as $300 billion in wealth for Americans every year through at least 2035.

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Governor Mike Pence says he will use everything at his disposal to oppose new proposed federal regulations seeking to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. 

President Obama announced Monday the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations seek to reduce carbon emissions 30-percent by the year 2030. 

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