Environment

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
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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
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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.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a tiny fish named after an Indiana river doesn’t need federal protection. In fact, the Tippecanoe darter’s numbers might be growing.

The agency completed a scientific review of the species after environmental groups wanted it listed under the Endangered Species Act.

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

Demolition began Monday afternoon on East Chicago’s West Calumet Housing Complex, but the U.S.S. Lead Superfund site still leaves former residents concerned for their future.

An excavator slowly tore down a duplex at the corner of Magnolia Lave and Aster Avenue as water canons sprayed onto and surrounding the building to prevent any contamination.

 

From the facilities that sanitize sewage to the pipes that deliver drinking water, Indiana needs billions of dollars in urgent water infrastructure repairs. Some of that infrastructure is more than a century old.

According to Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso), Indiana was wooden pipes, lead pipes, pipes that have been in the ground for 140 years.

“The best of the best utilities are on a replacement cycle of something like 140 years,” he says.

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A leading Indiana environmental organization won’t endorse in the gubernatorial race because it doesn’t have “enthusiastic support” for plans put forward by either Republican Eric Holcomb or Democrat John Gregg.

Steve Francis is the political chair of the Hoosier chapter of the Sierra Club. He says Indiana’s environmental issues – for instance, its reliance on coal and health issues created by poor air quality – have been ignored by the current administration.

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Voluntary conservation farming practices are measurably decreasing nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin, and this good news: from the Midwest, all the way down the Mississippi River in the Gulf of Mexico. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Nick Janzen reports, the Indiana trend in conservation is reducing the pollution that creates harmful algae blooms and the gulf’s dead zone.

The Indianapolis Zoo, as part of the dolphin exhibit, has a video of dolphins swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. They’re swimming near a boat, pushing air through their blowholes.

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Purdue research showing that during some months, residents along the Wabash River use an amount of water equal to the river’s entire volume has raised questions about a new problem – tracking all that h2o. A study from the university’s school of civil engineering shows a huge lack of cooperation among county, state and federal agencies when it comes to reporting water usage.

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