Indiana Department of Environmental Management

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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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. 

The Environmental Protection Agency recently declared a Superfund site in Spencer because of contaminated groundwater. But town officials say the water is safe to drink.

The Franklin Street Groundwater site is contaminated with PCE — a chemical the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says likely causes cancer. It’s used in dry cleaning or to get grease off metal. The EPA put the Franklin Street site on its priority list last week.

Indiana used to have to post public notices in newspapers when a company applied for a permit to put pollution into the air. But the Indiana Department of Environmental Management wants to move away from paper ads.

Ag Study Committee Talks CAFOs

Aug 29, 2017

In a meeting of the agriculture and natural resources study committee that featured very little new information, state lawmakers Tuesday heard from experts and state regulators on animal agriculture and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

Committee members heard an overview of the state’s CAFO permitting process from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

And CAFO legislation expert Carolyn Orr told legislators big farm operations aren’t necessarily bad ones.

 

Lead contamination has been making headlines lately: in East Chicago, Indiana, or South Bend or Bloomington. Many towns across Indiana are grappling with lead contamination, and dozens have aging, lead-based water infrastructure.

But how does a town know if it has a lead problem?

David Konisky, a professor of public and environmental affairs at Indiana University, says there’s not one single process.

An Indiana House committee approved a bill Wednesday that tweaks the permitting process for big livestock farms – despite some public confusion and concerns about the impact of the changes.

The bill, from Rep. David Wolkins (R-Wabash), streamlines the permitting process for confined feeding operations (CFOs) and their larger counterparts, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

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