Environmental Policy

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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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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Environmental groups sue to stop Illiana Tollway

April 17, 2014
Associated Press
Chicago environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the proposed $1.3 billion Illiana Tollway linking northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana, claiming the Illinois Department of Transportation doesn't have authority to develop it.
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Manufacturers help drive recycling bill to passage

April 6, 2014
Associated Press
A state lawmaker who co-authored legislation setting a goal for Indiana to eventually recycle at least half of its municipal waste says the state's resource-hungry manufacturing industry was a key to the bill's passage this year.
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Pence lets bill ending Energize Indiana become law

March 27, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will let a bill that eliminates an energy-conservation program become law without his signature, prompting harsh words from environmental leaders who opposed the bill.
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Big businesses fight over Indiana energy program

March 20, 2014
Associated Press
Two giant corporations that sell products that save electricity want Gov. Mike Pence to veto a bill that would halt the program called Energizing Indiana.
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Lawmakers vote to put Energizing Indiana program on hold

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
A bill that would sideline the state's energy-efficiency program was sent to the governor Monday, but Indiana lawmakers are still mulling bills that would relax gun regulations in school parking lots and make some welfare recipients undergo drug-testing.
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U.S. House backs bill to block EPA power plant rule

March 6, 2014
Associated Press
The Republican-controlled U.S. House moved Thursday to block President Barack Obama's plan to limit carbon emissions from new power plants, an election-year strike at the White House aimed at portraying Obama as a job killer.
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Indiana House amends bill to end efficiency program

February 25, 2014
Associated Press
TThe House voted 66-30 to amend the bill with language that prohibits the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission from extending or entering into contracts for Energizing Indiana's statewide energy efficiency program after Dec. 31
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UPDATE: Bill to limit Indiana environmental rules dies

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
A state senator has killed legislation that would bar Indiana environmental regulators from creating standards harsher than federal rules.
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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 Senate OKs bill targeting efficiency program

February 4, 2014
Associated Press
The measure would allow industries that are Indiana's biggest energy users to pull out of the Energizing Indiana program, which provides energy-efficiency assessments and tips for saving energy and lowering utility bills.
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Bill limiting environmental rules heads to Indiana Senate

January 30, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana regulators would be barred from adopting environmental rules tougher than federal standards under a bill that's advancing in the General Assembly that has drawn criticism that it would hamper efforts to protect the state's environment and public health.
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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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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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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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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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Obama takes on coal with first-ever carbon limits

September 20, 2013
Associated Press
New requirements could have a major impact in Indiana, which gets more than 90 percent of its electricity from coal plants and ranks sixth in the nation in coal production.
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Ruling: Indiana failed to study mine's water impacts

September 18, 2013
Associated Press
An environmental law judge has found that Indiana failed to fully assess the impact of coal waste runoff on local waterways when it issued a permit for a southwestern Indiana surface coal mine that's the largest such mine east of the Mississippi River.
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Duke Energy to retire five Indiana coal-fired plants by 2018

August 30, 2013
Associated Press
A state administrative law judge oversaw the settlement, which was signed Wednesday by Duke Energy, the Sierra Club, Citizens Action Coalition, Valley Watch and Save the Valley.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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