Environment

EPA fines Crawfordsville over Sugar Creek pollution

January 3, 2014
Dan Human
Crawfordsville will pay $96,000 in environmental fines because a city-owned wastewater treatment plant was putting too much copper into a creek, according to a federal court filing in Indianapolis.
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Kokomo to debut curbside recycling program

December 29, 2013
Associated Press
City officials hope the program can reduce the community's trash-disposal costs by 35 percent.
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Flexsteel settles Elkhart contamination suit for $6.25M

December 27, 2013
Associated Press
The Iowa-based furniture maker was accused of polluting the water wells of nine homes in the northern Indiana community.
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Obama names IU law prof to environmental panel

December 23, 2013
Associated Press
Eric Dannenmaier of the Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis will join a federal committee that promotes enforcement of evironmental laws.
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U.S. invalidates 33.5M renewable fuel credits after fraud

December 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it has invalidated renewable fuel credits sold by an Indiana company for biofuel it didn’t produce. The filing Wednesday follows fraud charges filed against the former owners of the Middletown-based E-Biofuels LLC in September.
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Residents raise stink over transfer of landfill permit

December 11, 2013
Dan Human
The state's environmental office has agreed to transfer a landfill permit to the new owner of a Madison County property at the center of a decades-long dispute.
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Green BEAN to grow in Louisville after competitor closes

December 5, 2013
Dan Human
The Indianapolis-based produce and groceries distributor has acquired a list of hundreds of customers and vendors in the area who are losing their current service.
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Business veteran to direct Indiana agriculture agency

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
Ted McKinney, who grew up on a family farm in Tipton County, will replace Gina Sheets, who's leaving after a year on the job to do mission work in Liberia.
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IDEM: Buy real Christmas trees to support farmers

December 2, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is urging Hoosiers to help farmers, the environment and the economy by buying Indiana-grown Christmas trees this year instead of artificial ones.
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MCCANN: Energy research evolving to meet massive demandsRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Maureen McCann / Special to IBJ
The days of lone-wolf researchers shouting 'Eureka' are over.
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HILL: Too much money blown on energy fixesRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
William Hill / Special to IBJ
More than one homeowner has been convinced to cut home energy bills by replacing windows or installing radiant barriers in their attic.
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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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Report: Great Lakes cleanup helpful but needs better way to judge success

November 10, 2013
Associated Press
Federal officials and advocacy groups believe the project is making significant progress on pollution cleanup and other problems, but they're short on yardsticks for confirming their impressions.
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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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Foes say proposed reservoir would have adverse impact

November 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
A Muncie group that opposes a proposal to build a new reservoir in central Indiana says the project raises health concerns, including waste from former auto industry plants that might contaminate the reservoir.
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Environmentalists targeting ag lawsRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
The Hoosier Environmental Council has targeted food safety, animal rights and the environmental impact the corporate livestock industry has in Indiana.
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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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DowAgrosciences cultivates sales record, but profit withers

October 24, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Despite a boost in third-quarter revenue due to crop-protection products, profit for the local unit of Dow Chemical tumbled more than 71 percent.
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City officials aim to build on momentum for cyclingRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis has become a more bike-friendly city, and city planners are looking to ensure the progress continues. The Metropolitan Development Commission will vote Oct. 16 on a bicycle master plan that lays out a host of educational and policy initiatives to encourage two-wheeled transportation.
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Peregrine falcon coming off endangered list

October 11, 2013
Associated Press
The peregrine falcon, a critical component of Indianapolis' battle against pigeons, is coming off Indiana's endangered species list following a successful two-decade effort to reintroduce the bird to the state.
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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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State tourism destinations hope shutdown is short

October 5, 2013
Associated Press
The shutdown has closed or limited access to Indiana's federal forests and parkland, including the 13,000-acre Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
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Eco-friendly lighting firm gains wattage after recessionRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Dan Human
Eco Lighting Solutions in Fishers designs and sells induction lighting, which costs less to install than LED and requires less energy than fluorescent. Induction lights work a lot like cheaper fluorescent ones, but don’t burn out as quickly.
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Sides speak out in hearing over so-called ag-gag bill

September 26, 2013
Jesse Wilson, The Statehouse File
The debate before the Economic Development Study Committee comes five months after House Speaker Brian Bosma killed a bill that would have made it a crime to secretly shoot photos or video on private property with the goal of harming a business.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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