Environment

Central Indiana reservoir foes back river trails

August 19, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Environmental groups are proposing a system of trails to promote use of the White River in central Indiana rather than damming it for a proposed $450 million, seven-mile-long reservoir.
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IPL moves to drop coal from Harding Street power plant

August 15, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indianapolis' electricity utility plans to convert its aging Harding Street power plant entirely to natural gas by 2016, after facing growing pressure to do so from environmental groups and politicians.
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Farmers on pace for record corn crop, report says

August 12, 2014
Associated Press
A bigger crop was expected as adequate rain and cool temperatures made for favorable growing conditions in the 18 states that produce 91 percent of the nation's corn.
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Groups want Indianapolis utility to test water

August 11, 2014
Associated Press
Environmental, health and neighborhood groups are calling on the Marion County Health Department to compel Indianapolis Power & Light to test groundwater at eight coal ash lagoons on the city's south side.
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Byproducts big business for Morgan County grain mill

August 11, 2014
Associated Press
It appears one man's bust is another's boom, because many of the reasons byproducts have become so popular are the same reasons you're paying historically high prices for beef.
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UPDATE: Cool summer sets hopes for record harvest

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's corn and soybean farmers are on track to produce record crops this year as a mild summer has provided optimum growing conditions.
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UPDATE: City board approves recycling deal with Covanta

August 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Despite heavy lobbying from opponents, the Indianapolis Board of Public Works on Wednesday voted 4-1 in favor of a contract extension with incinerator operator Covanta that will make the company the city's main household recycling provider for the next 14 years.
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City board approves recycling deal with Covanta

August 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to approve Covanta as the city’s main residential recycling provider for the next 14 years.
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City’s Covanta deal discourages rival recycling programs

August 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Details of a pending recycling deal with Covanta are emerging. Under the pact, the city of Indianapolis would face financial penalties if it launches other recycling programs.
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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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Indiana county planning to start aquaculture park

July 14, 2014
Associated Press
A central Indiana county is working on plans for a 60-acre aquaculture park in hopes of attracting more business connected with fish production.
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Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm

July 10, 2014
Associated Press
In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion.
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Hoosier Environmental Council opposes dam on White River

July 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Hoosier Environmental Council has added its name to the list of environmental groups opposing a proposed seven-mile long reservoir along the White River in central Indiana.
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Agency opposes hike for electric carsRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
David Stippler, whose job is to advocate for utility consumers, thinks Mayor Greg Ballard’s quest to have Indianapolis Power & Light customers pay the startup costs for an electric-car-sharing service sets a dangerous precedent.
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Justices limit existing EPA global warming rules

June 23, 2014
Associated Press
The Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. The decision does not affect EPA proposals for first-time national standards for new and existing power plants.
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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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GOP governors: EPA carbon dioxide rules job killer

June 16, 2014
Associated Press
Republican governors from oil-and-gas rich states said Monday that new federal rules designed to cut emissions linked to global warming from power plants by 30 percent by 2030 will kill jobs and growth.
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State parks see surge in business as weather heats up

June 11, 2014
Dan Human
Revenue from year-long passes was up about 8 percent this year through the end of May compared to the same time last year, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
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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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EPA: Indiana must cut carbon emissions 20 percent

June 2, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana has three years to come up with a plan to achieve the reductions, which were announced Monday by the EPA. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce called the requirements "potentially devastating."
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Obama seeks to cut U.S. power plant carbon by 30 percent

June 2, 2014
Bloomberg News
The plan isn't expected to make a meaningful difference in reducing climate change, but will give President Obama evidence of America leading by example as he tries to persuade other nations to cut their carbon emissions.
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State approves rate hike for Citizens Thermal

May 21, 2014
Dan Human
Citizens Energy Group will raise rates for about 250 customers that use the utility’s steam and chilled water services.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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