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Environment

Smoke from wildfires out west and in Canada has triggered a statewide air quality action day for Wednesday and Thursday. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management expects high levels of particle pollution in all regions of Indiana.

COVID-19 has put pressure on Indiana’s already struggling coal mining industry. Coal production dropped by nearly 37 percent last year — more than any of the other top coal mining states. Experts said it’s unlikely coal production in the U.S. will recover to what it was before the pandemic.


A controversial zinc oxide manufacturing plant can now start operating in Cass County. The state approved an air permit for Waelz Sustainable Products last week. Concerned residents said they’re disappointed.


More Than 100 Groups Ask Holcomb To Veto Wetlands Bill

Apr 27, 2021

More than 100 groups are asking the governor to veto a bill that would remove protections for many of the state’s wetlands. They delivered a letter to Holcomb on Monday. The signatures include city leaders as well as groups representing environmentalists, wildlife advocates, hunters, and more.


There are a number of ways the Environmental Protection Agency under President Joe Biden can help reduce pollution in Indiana. That was one takeaway from the Hoosier Environmental Council’s Earth Day panel discussion with two former EPA employees.


The U.S. has not only met targets set by the Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions at power plants — it’s exceeded them. That’s according to a new report by the Environmental Integrity Project which looked at data from the Environmental Protection Agency.


BP's Whiting Refinery (FILE PHOTO: Tyler Lake/WITU)

The Indiana NAACP is speaking out against a state Senate resolution that urges Indiana to support a carbon tax plan. The Baker-Shultz Carbon Dividends Plan proposes taxing companies that emit greenhouse gases and returning that money to U.S. households.


Under the bill, a pilot program would help reduce the costs of retiring the A.B. Brown coal plant in Posey County for CenterPoint Energy customers. (Wikimedia Commons)

Lawmakers want to study a way to reduce costs for utility customers when coal plants retire early.


It may get easier for underserved communities with failing septic tanks to get water and sewer systems. A state House bill addressing that issue passed out of committee by a unanimous vote on Tuesday. But the bill doesn’t cover everyone who needs help.


Muncie To Buy Former GM Factory Land To Build Solar Farm

Jan 26, 2021
The former GM property on W. 8th St. is currently a largely vacant brownfield. (Photo: City of Muncie)

The city of Muncie is buying the former GM factory property on the city’s Southside.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, officials wants to turn it into a solar panel farm to generate power.


Wind turbines line a gravel road in Benton County
Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

The City of West Lafayette Common Council will debate a resolution Monday to reduce carbon emissions and increase use of renewable energy sources.

The plan calls to reduce carbon emissions by twenty percent, with an additional twenty percent drop every four years thereafter.

“We’re now getting to the point where we’re ruining out oxygen," Mayor John Dennis says. "We’re sort of changing the way the weather works.”

City Environments Attract and Strengthen Rainfall

May 22, 2019
Gerano Servin / Pexels.com

A recent Purdue University study says rainfall in populated areas is strengthened by the heat generated by the people below.

Dev Niyogi, a professor in Purdue’s earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences department, says it’s not merely a downtown area that can add energy to a storm -- commuters and highly trafficked areas contribute as well. Niyogi says, “So even going in and out of that city you’re going to have pollution around that city, so now suddenly the footprint of the city is much bigger than what we see in terms where we have those buildings present.”

Crews begin tearing down a portion of the West Calumet Housing Complex on April 2. They drench the debris to prevent the spread of lead and arsenic contamination to the surrounding neighborhood. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

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