Indiana Department of Environmental Management

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The Indiana Department of Environmental Management, or IDEM, is writing new rules for the disposal of coal ash.

The update is part of a federal overhaul aimed at tightening regulations governing coal combustion residuals, or CCRs.

The waste, commonly referred to as coal ash, is a byproduct of burning coal for electricity.

The new rules from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency set requirements for how electric utilities dispose of coal ash.

But the EPA leaves it up to the states to write a plan for meeting the federal requirements.

Hoosiers Seek Answers To Questions About CAFOs

Apr 26, 2016
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 Residents from about 10 central Indiana counties were in Columbus Monday to hear from experts on the impacts of large confined animal feeding operations known as CAFOs.

The talk brought out concerned residents in Bartholomew and surrounding counties.

It was organized by Indiana CAFO Watch and the Socially Responsible Agriculture Project.

Retired University of Missouri agricultural economist John Ikerd was one of the speakers.

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An estimated 35 million tons of food is discarded each year in the U.S., equaling $165 billion in food waste, according to the Indiana Recycling Coalition.

A new program launched this week, the Indiana Food Scrap Initiative, will work with organizations that generate a lot of food waste, such as grocery stores, and help them find resources for composting the food.

Indiana Recycling Coalition executive director Carey Hamilton says they hope working on a larger scale will eventually inspire individuals to participate as well.

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A bill that mandated new environmental regulations could not exceed federal standards is headed to the governor’s desk. It heads there only after significant changes.

The Senate passed the so-called "No More Stringent Than" bill, House Bill 1082, after significant amendments. The bill now only requires the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, or IDEM, to report proposed changes for legislative review.

Senate sponsor Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) led the bill’s overhaul.

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The Indiana Department of Environmental Management Tuesday handed down a fine to an Indianapolis company for disposing of fetal remains as medical waste without a permit. 

And Indiana Right to Life and some conservative lawmakers say the case shines a light on the need for a current bill that would ban that practice.

Indiana law requires a permit to dispose of fetal remains as medical waste.  And the Indianapolis solid waste company did not have that permit and was fined around $11,000. 

Health Officials: No Cancer Cluster In Johnson County

Dec 1, 2015
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The State Health Department and the Department of Environmental Management say they have not found enough evidence to link cases of child cancer around Franklin to a cancer cluster.

ISDH officials say they studied numerous factors, and IDEM studied water, soil, and other factors but found nothing in the area that would be cancer-causing.

There had been concern among some residents that contaminated water was leading to an increase in the number of cases of childhood cancer.

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Indiana’s air quality is improving, but there’s still a lot of work to be done, according to an annual American Lung Association report released Wednesday.

The report indicates Indiana has reduced the amount of long-term soot pollution in its air since last year. Counties, though, are reporting more days that include a few hours of high soot levels and more days with high ozone levels—things they say can be dangerous to people’s health.

Reducing Holiday Waste As You Deck the Halls

Dec 10, 2014
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The end-of-year holidays aren't just a time filled with more cheer, but also are a time filled with more trash-  although some simple tips can help keep that to a minimum.

Dan Goldblatt, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Environmental Health, said the best way to cut down on the garbage generated is through what's known as "pre-cycling," and thinking ahead before you purchase a gift.

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Tippecanoe County officials continue to wait on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to move forward with reusing the old landfill on North 9th Street.

The property remains a Superfund site due to the presence of contaminants when the landfill closed nearly 25 years ago. However, cleanup work has removed the threat to people and the environment.

The county submitted a reuse plan nearly a year ago. Vicky Keramida, whose company monitors the landfill, says the E.P.A. has been slow to respond and now wants revised documents.

Peregrine falcon no longer on IN's watchlist

Oct 15, 2013
Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indiana has taken the peregrine falcon off the state endangered species list. The birds were removed from the federal endangered species list in 1999.

Habitat loss and pesticide use almost wiped out the peregrine falcon population in the 1960s. There weren’t any birds east of the Mississippi River by 1965. Indiana wildlife officials began trying to reintroduce the bird in the early 1990s.

Now those conservation efforts are paying off. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources removed the falcon from the state endangered species list this month.

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