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The Environmental Protection Agency plans to update the water pollution standards for slaughterhouses — something that hasn’t been done in more than 15 years.

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The city of Logansport plans to do its own air monitoring for pollution from a proposed zinc oxide manufacturing plant in Cass County. Waelz Sustainable Products' installed an air monitor in Logansport's downtown earlier this year in collaboration with the county.

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Bloomington, Clarksville, and Union City will receive grants totaling $1.4 million to clean up contaminated properties. The Environmental Protection Agency said cleaning up so-called “brownfield sites” encourages development, promotes job growth, and raises property values.

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An amendment to a state Senate bill would let Indiana approve permits for coal ash waste instead of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Groups concerned about coal ash pollution worry the state wouldn’t be as protective of public health and the environment.

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Indiana environmental groups have joined several others in asking the Environmental Protection Agency to limit nutrient pollution in the Ohio River. They say excess nitrogen and phosphorus from things like fertilizer, manure, and wastewater treatment plants are causing harmful algae blooms and depriving the river basin of oxygen.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is facing a lawsuit for not setting limits for certain hazardous air pollutants at steel mills — like mercury and the cancer-causing chemical benzene.

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Morgan County joins Indianapolis and Muncie in meeting some of its air quality goals this year. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the county now meets the standard for sulfur dioxide — a toxic gas that can make it more difficult to breathe and, in some cases, can be life threatening.

EPA Doesn't Plan To Tighten Standards For Smog

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The Environmental Protection Agency plans to pass on another opportunity to tighten air pollution standards. In April, the agency proposed not changing the standards for particle pollution. It announced on Monday it also doesn’t plan to tighten the standards for ozone — commonly known as smog.

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It’s safe to say there have been other things on Hoosiers’ minds than the environment these days. The COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected the health of Indiana residents, but also jobs and local economies. Meanwhile, people across the country are protesting acts of violence by police officers against black men and women. 

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Some parts of Indiana that have struggled with pollution are now meeting federal air quality standards. That’s according to three years of data from state and federal environmental agencies. Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency say that’s good news for people with asthma and other lung conditions. 

When two coal plants in the Indianapolis area switched to natural gas, that decreased harmful sulfur dioxide in the air. That means the Indianapolis metro now meets all federal air quality standards.

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The Indiana State Department of Health announced Monday three new deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing Indiana’s total to 35. More than 11,500 have been tested, and as of Monday, 1,786 Hoosiers have tested positive for the virus. 

State Officials Release ICU Bed, Ventilator Count

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