Indiana Department of Environmental Management

An overflow crowd of hundreds of Muncie residents showed up to a city council meeting Monday night to address an issue that wasn’t on the agenda – protesting against a facility that will recycle steel dust into zinc oxide.  Residents say it will pollute the city and cause a mass exodus.

Electric city buses and school buses are just some of vehicles the state will help buy with money from the Volkswagen settlement. Indiana received more than $40 million to reduce the state’s diesel emissions after the company violated the Clean Air Act. 

A plume of cancer-causing chemicals in drinking water wells in Logansport has been added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund National Priorities List. The list helps prioritize some of the most contaminated sites in the country and makes them eligible for federal cleanup funding. 

Residents in a Bloomington neighborhood suspect pollution from a nearby salvage yard is washing onto their soil during heavy rains. The city council wants the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to test the soil and find out if the concerns are valid. 

There were a lot of surprises on the energy and environment front in this 2019 legislative session. If you haven't been keeping up, here's what you need to know:

What's Now A Law:

An environmental group says the state needs more staff to oversee drinking water protections in Indiana.  The Hoosier Environmental Council says the Indiana Department of Environmental Management has suffered a decade of budget cuts. 

Dead Swans With High Lead Levels Found In Hammond

Dec 17, 2018

A northwest Indiana birdwatcher found 18 dead swans in George Lake in Hammond, and six of their bodies had high levels of lead. 

Plans For Lawrenceburg Coal Ash Pond Could Get Revised

Oct 8, 2018

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says a recent federal appeals court ruling could change closure plans for a coal ash pond in Lawrenceburg. 

Fuel Spill Nearly Mopped Up

Sep 10, 2018
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Buckeye Partners

Officials have scooped up or vacuumed up much of the more than 8,000 gallons of jet fuel that leaked into the St. Mary’s River in Adams County Friday.

 

The fuel was being transported through a pipeline under the water in the river. The pipeline is operated by Buckeye Partners out of Texas.

 

Rare child cancers in Franklin are getting more attention as a result of chemical testing organized by the nonprofit the Edison Wetlands Association. But state agencies expressed doubt at the validity of that testing at a community listening session on Friday. 

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