Hoosier Environmental Council

(Courtesy of the Mid-States Corridor Project)

 

A coalition of environmental groups, businesses, and churches is asking the state to halt the planning process for a highway project during the coronavirus pandemic. The project aims to improve highway connections in southern Indiana. 

In a letter, the coalition says the COVID-19 pandemic could make it difficult for the public to participate in planning for the Mid-States Corridor Project.

A seemingly simple bill to help local governments cut costs when repairing drains is working its way through the state legislature. But environmentalists worry it could harm the state’s wetlands. 

Two environmental groups made good on their promise to sue steelmaker ArcelorMittal on Wednesday. They say the company hasn’t been held accountable for more than 100 violations at its northwest Indiana facility — including a chemical spill that killed more than 3,000 fish in August. 

The Hoosier Environmental Council has outlined its goals for the upcoming legislative session. The group will talk about some of those at their annual Greening the Statehouse event Saturday, Nov. 16.

The state says ArcelorMittal failed to notify the public soon enough about problems that led to a cyanide and ammonia spill in a Lake Michigan tributary. That’s according to an investigative report by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. 

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it has finalized its repeal of the Obama-era rule that would have expanded federal protections for smaller water bodies like streams and ponds.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is investigating the source of oil discharged from a sewer pipe into the White River in Indianapolis. A fisherman contacted officials after seeing the oil along the river’s banks. 

EPA Proposes Changes To Regulations On Coal Ash Use

Jul 31, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing even more changes to rules regarding coal ash. This week the agency announced plans to get rid of the limit for how much coal ash utilities can dump on land for certain uses. 

A coalition of state and national environmental groups says it plans to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect Lake Sturgeon. The fish is an endangered species in the state, but environmentalists say it needs federal protection. 

Two Hendricks County couples are petitioning the Indiana Court of Appeals to rehear their case against a neighboring farm with 8,000 hogs. They say the smell from the confined animal feeding operation or CAFO is making it difficult for them to eat or sleep. 

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