Environment

High court seems to favor Monsanto in patent case

February 19, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to side with Monsanto Co. in its claim that an Indiana farmer violated the company's patents on soybean seeds that are resistant to its weed-killer.
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High-stakes fight over soybeans at high court

February 18, 2013
Associated Press
The court case poses the question of an Indiana farmer's actions violated the patent rights held by Monsanto, which developed seeds that survive when farmers spray their fields with Roundup weed-killer. The seeds dominate agriculture, including in Indiana, where more than 90 percent of soybeans are Roundup Ready.
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Indiana coal industry scrambling to save its futureRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Options include increasing exports as opposition to coal-fired electricity generation heats up at both national and local levels.
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Indiana officials look to boost agriculture research

February 3, 2013
Associated Press
The state's agriculture department under new Gov. Mike Pence is planning a push into the science behind food production by trying to build a network of university and commercial researchers for what's being called an Agriculture Innovation Corridor.
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Regulators snuff $42M Duke Energy proposalRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Utility wanted to conduct a study to determine how to dispose of carbon dioxide produced by its Edwardsport coal gasification plant.
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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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Founder returning to lead city's environmental officeRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Anna Jetmore-Vargas, who started the office in 2008, had most recently worked at the environmental consulting firm Kerameda Inc.
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Environmentalists concerned about Indiana agenda

January 18, 2013
Associated Press
One of Indiana's largest environmental groups said Friday it was concerned that this year's General Assembly may weaken Hoosiers' ability to protect themselves from pollution and other health risks.
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Beautification group gets boost from Lilly EndowmentRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful will use the money for 2013 operating expenses.
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Indiana wind energy industry wants longer tax credit

January 3, 2013
Associated Press
Officials with Indiana's wind energy industry say they are relieved by Congress' one-year extension of a tax credit but contend it will take a longer-term approach to grow the industry and create jobs in the state.
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Bloomington earns green distinction for city hall

December 28, 2012
Associated Press
Other than bragging rights and a plaque on the wall, what's the value of energy and environmental design certification for the city and taxpayers?
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Environmental enforcement stings three companiesRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
Penalties will help fund clean-up of East Washington Street site.
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Land trust strategy goes nationalRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
Dan Human
The Central Indiana Land Trust has developed a 60-page strategy that identifies more than 300,000 acres that have conservation potential throughout the 3.1 million acres in Marion County and its eight surrounding counties.
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Feds criticize Indiana education program for migrant children

December 19, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana never spent millions of dollars the federal government provided to help make sure the children of migrant workers get a good education, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Education.
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Indiana farmers fear estate tax changes

December 14, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana farmers say they have a lot to lose should the nation go over the so-called fiscal cliff, a set of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes set to take effect in January unless the White House and Republicans negotiate a compromise.
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Indy firm to clean up tainted Terre Haute site

December 13, 2012
Associated Press
Terre Haute officials this week awarded a $2.7 million contract to an Indianapolis company for the removal of soil to a depth of 10 feet on much of a 20-acre site where Terre Haute Coke and Carbon operated from 1926 until 1988.
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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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Yogurt bares all, but container is recyclableRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Company descended from Ball Corp. making recyclable glass packaging for product typically found in plastic.
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Monarch turns to natural gas to run trucking fleet

December 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
In a sign of the rising popularity of natural gas engines, the Indianapolis-based distributor of alcoholic beverages will make 85 of its 105 trucks run on natural gas by 2015.
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Regulator approves Duke Energy probe settlement

December 3, 2012
Associated Press
Duke Energy formalized deals Monday that ended separate investigations by North Carolina regulators and the attorney general into whether the utility misled officials before a merger that made it the country's largest electric company.
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Indiana experiencing surge in wind power market

December 2, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana has a wind resource of 148,228 megawatts, the 15th biggest in the country, according to industry trade group the American Wind Energy Association. And its growing.
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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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Crews face deadline on central Indiana wind farm project

November 30, 2012
Associated Press
Construction crews are hustling to beat a Dec. 31 deadline to get 125 turbines in operation for a wind farm that is eventually planned to reach into four central Indiana counties.
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Drought no obstacle to record income for U.S. farms

November 21, 2012
Bloomberg News
Even after the worst drought in a half-century shriveled crops from Ohio to Nebraska, U.S. farmers are having their most-profitable year ever because of record- high prices and insurance claims.
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Transit, runoff bills on environmental group's legislative wish listRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Chris O'Malley
But with a legislature that could be unreceptive to environmental policy, HEC is also guarding against an unwinding of existing laws.
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