Air Quality

EPA coal-plant emission limits challenged by 12 states

August 1, 2014
Bloomberg News
A dozen states, led by West Virginia and including Indiana, sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday to block a proposed rule that would limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.
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Not in my backyard: U.S. sending more coal abroad

July 28, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. power sector is burning less coal and is reducing carbon emissions, but a growing share is finding its way to the rest of the world.
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Judge rules against residents in suit over hog smell

July 24, 2014
Associated Press
A judge has ruled state law protects four large hog farms from lawsuits filed by residents of an eastern Indiana county who complained about waste and foul smells from their operations.
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Councilors to IPL: Eliminate coal in county by 2020

July 14, 2014
Dan Human
Two City-County Council members want Indianapolis Power & Light Co. to stop burning coal in Marion County by 2020 and shift more attention to renewable energy.
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State agency fights utility rates for electric cars

June 20, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. has requested a rate increase to help pay for its part in setting up charging stations for electric cars that drivers could rent as part of the BlueIndy program, a partnership between the city and the France-based Bollore Group.
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Utility watchdog: Ending efficiency program 'short-sighted'

June 3, 2014
Associated Press
The leader of Citizens Action Coalition said Indiana lawmakers put the state at a disadvantage when they passed a bill killing an energy-efficiency program that could have helped the state meet the new federal carbon-emission goal by 2030.
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Experts expect higher electric bills amid tighter pollution rules

May 21, 2014
Associated Press
The Energy Department predicts retail power prices will rise 4 percent on average this year, the biggest increase since 2008. By 2020, prices are expected to climb an additional 13 percent, a forecast that does not include the costs of coming environmental rules.
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Supreme Court upholds EPA rule on cross-state pollution

April 30, 2014
Associated Press
The 6-2 ruling was an important victory for the Obama administration in controlling emissions from power plants in 27 Midwestern and Appalachian states. Texas led 14 states, including Indiana, and industry groups in challenging the rule.
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Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

April 21, 2014
Associated Press
A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases compared with conventional gasoline.
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Climate case at Supreme Court looks at EPA's power

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
The Obama administration is squaring off at the Supreme Court with industry groups and Republican-led states, including Indiana, over a small but important program aimed at limiting power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.
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Indiana in natural gas dilemmaRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Dan Human
'Fracking' has made natural gas cheap and abundant, but prices could rise with demand, costing consumers.
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Nation's green-power push has secret, dirty costs

November 12, 2013
Associated Press
The consequences from the ethanol era are so severe that environmentalists and many scientists have now rejected corn-based ethanol as bad environmental policy. But the Obama administration stands by it, highlighting its economic benefits to the farming industry.
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Indiana coal industry battling EPA plant limits

November 6, 2013
Associated Press
Members of Indiana's coal industry and business community are heading to Chicago this week to fight against new limits on coal-fired plants they say would cost hundreds of jobs across the state.
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IDEM chief: Fed rules essentially ban new coal plants

October 30, 2013
Associated Press
The commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Thomas Easterly, told lawmakers that the pending federal regulations will essentially rule out coal-fired power plants that currently generate much of the state's electricity.
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Board backs site for $2.1B Indiana fertilizer plant

October 11, 2013
Associated Press
Posey County's Board of Zoning Appeals on Thursday approved a permit for the project on 219 acres of farmland in an industrial area near Mount Vernon.
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Marion, four other Indiana counties exceed new EPA standard

July 31, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says parts of central Indiana's Marion and Morgan counties, southwestern Indiana's Daviess and Pike counties and western Indiana's Vigo County exceed the agency's beefed-up sulfur dioxide standard.
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Anderson loses 'Tree City' status after 21 years

April 29, 2013
Associated Press
Anderson's title, first granted in 1991, appears to have been lost due to issues with paperwork. The status is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation and others to recognize cities with viable tree-management plans and programs.
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CountryMark paying $18 million for pollution controls

March 1, 2013
Associated Press
Government officials alleged Indianapolis-based CountryMark violated the law when the oil refiner expanded operations without obtaining proper permits and installing necessary pollution controls.
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Indy utility plans $511 million in power plant upgrades

January 22, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Power & Light said ratepayers could expect a 2-percent to 3-percent annual increase for a "number of years," but said he did not know how long the increases would be in effect.
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City unveils plan to convert vehicle fleet from gas, diesel

December 12, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Mayor Greg Ballard outlined plans to shift the city's fleet of cars, heavy trucks and even police cruisers to a mix of electricity and natural gas by 2025.
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Indiana manufacturers struggling with fuel economy standardsRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Dan Human
Automakers and suppliers are pumping more money into research and development at a time many of their sales departments struggle with a slowing global economy.
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Groups oppose end to some Indiana hearing notices

September 14, 2012
Associated Press
Eighteen environmental and public interest groups are urging Indiana's environmental agency to reconsider its plans to stop publishing newspaper notices that alert the public about hearings on proposed air-quality policy changes.
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Environmentalists oppose Indiana online notices shift

September 7, 2012
Associated Press
Environmentalists and Indiana's newspaper association say a state agency's plans to stop publishing notices about public hearings on air-quality issues will leave some residents in the dark about policy changes that could impact their health.
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Transmission line would bring more wind power to Indiana

August 17, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indiana electric utilities choking on federal environmental rules that threaten their coal and oil-powered generating stations might be able to tap wind power generated in the plains states starting in 2017.
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Plant upgrades might cost IPL nearly $1 billionRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Chris O'Malley
New federal mercury-reduction regulations may force Indianapolis Power & Light to spend nearly $1 billion to upgrade its coal-fired electric plants scattered around Indiana. Duke Energy is mulling everything from plant upgrades to shutting down older units.
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  1. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

  2. 85 feet for an ambitious project? I could shoot ej*culate farther than that.

  3. I tried, can't take it anymore. Untill Katz is replaced I can't listen anymore.

  4. Perhaps, but they've had a very active program to reduce rainwater/sump pump inflows for a number of years. But you are correct that controlling these peak flows will require spending more money - surge tanks, lines or removing storm water inflow at the source.

  5. All sewage goes to the Carmel treatment plant on the White River at 96th St. Rainfall should not affect sewage flows, but somehow it does - and the increased rate is more than the plant can handle a few times each year. One big source is typically homeowners who have their sump pumps connect into the sanitary sewer line rather than to the storm sewer line or yard. So we (Carmel and Clay Twp) need someway to hold the excess flow for a few days until the plant can process this material. Carmel wants the surge tank located at the treatment plant but than means an expensive underground line has to be installed through residential areas while CTRWD wants the surge tank located further 'upstream' from the treatment plant which costs less. Either solution works from an environmental control perspective. The less expensive solution means some people would likely have an unsightly tank near them. Carmel wants the more expensive solution - surprise!

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