Environment

Chemical cleanup planned at old factory site

August 16, 2013
Associated Press
The trust created to revitalize and market former General Motors properties has set aside about $7 million to clean up a contaminated site in Kokomo where a factory stood from 1915 to 1993.
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Fort Wayne's ash tree removal bill nears $3 million

August 16, 2013
Associated Press
Fort Wayne's parks board on Thursday approved a new $450,000 contract for the removal of almost 2,500 trees infected by the emerald ash borer. When those ash trees are gone, nearly 13,000 trees will have been cut down from city property.
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USDA predicts corn-crop rebound in Indiana, nation

August 12, 2013
Associated Press
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service forecasts Indiana farmers will produce 979.40 million bushels of corn, a 64-percent increase from the 596.9 million bushels last year.
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State orders recycler to clean up its mess

August 12, 2013
Dan Human
In May, state inspectors visited the abandoned east-side site and found electronic waste they said could threaten both human and environmental health.
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Landfill operators explore energy-creation options

August 12, 2013
Associated Press
Gas produced by a southern Indiana landfill could be captured and used to generate revenue, but Cummins workers who studied the possibilities say local officials shouldn't take the idea to the bank just yet.
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Utility fined for sewage overflow in Geist neighborhood

August 9, 2013
Dan Human
The odor was so strong after the spill in December that residents in the upscale neighborhood called the gas company to report a leak.
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Leader of recycling group to step down in November

August 6, 2013
Associated Press
Carey Hamilton is moving on after five years leading the Indiana Recycling Coalition.
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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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Enviros: Proposed coal mine would threaten refuge

July 27, 2013
Associated Press
A proposed surface coal mine spanning 1,500 acres of southwestern Indiana's coal country would threaten an adjacent national wildlife refuge used by migratory birds, three environmental groups warn.
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Farmers like crop potential year after drought

July 26, 2013
Associated Press
Farmers are keeping an eye on the weather and searching for early signs of disease after a recent Purdue University Extension Service report suggested recent rains and high humidity could create more fungal and bacterial problems throughout the state.
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Logging plan for Indiana forest draws opposition

July 23, 2013
Associated Press
The group Hoosier Forest Watch maintains that the logging work would damage the 1,500-acre back-country section of Morgan-Monroe State Forest near Bloomington. The state disagrees.
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Huge greenhouse development planned for Haughville

July 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
New York-based BrightFarms Inc. plans to build a 100,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse on a vacant 5-acre parcel of land at 2219 W. Michigan St. that will employ 25.
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Indiana crops look great after spring planting delays

July 10, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's corn and soybean crops are headed toward possibly record-breaking yields following one of the slowest and wettest planting seasons in a decade
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Large hog farm gets approval near Camp Tecumseh

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
A northern Indiana county has approved plans for a 9,200-hog farm near a youth camp whose leaders worry the farm's odors will affect life at the popular camp.
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Junkyard cleans up mess after IDEM finds violations

June 28, 2013
Dan Human
The state says a Hancock County salvage yard had made headway in fixing environmental violations found during a March inspection. The owner still faces an unrelated lawsuit from county officials.
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Camp Tecumseh fighting big hog-farm proposal

June 25, 2013
Associated Press
Leaders of an Indiana youth camp that serves thousands of students from central Indiana are arguing against a farmer's plans to start raising some 9,200 hogs about a half-mile away.
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Posey County backs bonds for $1.3B fertilizer plant

June 20, 2013
Associated Press
A southwestern Indiana county is issuing $1.3 billion in bonds for a fertilizer plant being developed by a Pakistan-based group after Gov. Mike Pence pulled state support.
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Indy gets $1.6M from EPA to address brownfields

June 6, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis is launching a new strategy devoted to cleaning up abandoned industrial sites and sparking development in some of the capital city's most blighted neighborhoods.
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Indiana farmers make rapid progress planting corn

May 30, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana farmers who had worried that wet spring weather would prevent them from planting some of their corn fields are now ahead of schedule at getting the state's top crop in the ground.
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Developer pushing central Indiana wind farm plans

May 28, 2013
Associated Press
A developer has slightly scaled back plans for a central Indiana wind farm as the company tries to win approval from county officials for the estimated $300 million project.
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Waste-management firm hit with environmental fines

May 23, 2013
Dan Human
Some of the violations cited by the state are related to poor handling of hazardous materials at the Heritage-Crystal Clean Inc. facility in Speedway.
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EPA seeks to add Keystone property to Superfund list

May 22, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed adding three sites in Indiana—including one in Indianapolis—to its highest priority cleanup list for hazardous waste sites.
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Central Indiana county leaders back reservoir study

May 21, 2013
Associated Press
The Delaware County commissioners on Monday endorsed a resolution supporting environmental and engineering studies for the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir.
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Proposed requirements could sink Muncie-area wind farm

May 19, 2013
A central Indiana official says the tough conditions opponents of a planned wind farm are seeking for the project would leave little room for the proposed power-generating wind turbines.
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River protest set for proposed central Indiana reservoir

May 17, 2013
Associated Press
Organizer and environmentalist Clarke Kahlo told The Herald Bulletin that the group is trying to build public awareness of the amount of land that would disappear if the reservoir is built.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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