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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.

The state is taking public comments on repairs proposed for the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge over the Wabash River. At this time, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management is considering water quality.

Work will stabilize and seal the four piers under the bridge. That calls for the area of fill around each one to be excavated and then large rocks or stones, known as riprap, will be placed flush with the existing stream bed elevation.

New rules affect IN livestock, poultry producers

Jul 9, 2012
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

While Indiana livestock and poultry producers are concerned with the hot weather, many might have winter on their minds.

Rules that just took effect prohibit most large-scale operators from spreading animal manure on frozen or snow-covered fields.

Tamilee Nennich is a nutrient management specialist with Purdue Extension. She says producers should be prepared to store manure longer.

Air Quality Action Day for IN

Jun 28, 2012

An Air Quality Action Day has been forecast for Indiana for Thursday, June 28th for Ozone (O3).

Ozone levels are expected to be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups.  People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion when outdoors.

For more information visit the IDEM Smog Watch website or U.S. EPA's AIRNOW website and click on Indiana.

New Montgomery Co. company seeks air permit

Jun 11, 2012
Herr Voss Stamco

Herr Voss Stamco, which is building a plant southeast of Crawfordsville, is applying for an air quality permit from the state for its metal-processing equipment facility.

The new source construction and minor source operating permit application was submitted in April, and after review by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the staff is recommending it be approved.

The permit is needed so the company can operate a stationary hard chrome electroplating machine that reconditions mill rolls.

State funding to help keep Wabash River clean

Jan 13, 2012
Wabash River Enhancement Corp.

The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation (WREC) is getting new funding for a project to clean up the waterway.

The organization plans to use $800,000 from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to continue its Watershed Planning project. Roughly half of this money will be used on improvements to reduce runoff from urban and agricultural areas.

WREC Coordinator Sara Peel says implementation should begin in March.

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