Environmental Policy

Bill could put squeeze on recycling programs statewideRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Waste management districts would need county OK to levy property taxes to fund their programs.
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State power rates could increase 14 percent under new rules

January 26, 2012
Associated Press
An analysis prepared for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission predicts new federal clean air regulations will raise electricity rates in the state by about 14 percent by 2020 because of necessary upgrades to coal-fired power plants.
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Hoosier Environmental Council monitoring three bills in General AssemblyRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The state’s largest green group is seeking changes to measures it says could strip funding and oversight for environmental protection.
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Two Indiana environmental groups merging

December 4, 2011
Associated Press
The Hoosier Environmental Council and the Valparaiso-based Legal Environmental Aid Foundation say they're merging in hopes of advancing environmental issues in Indiana.
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Indiana littered with 2,100 leaking underground tanks

November 7, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is tracking about 2,100 sites with leaking tanks, many of which contain gasoline and diesel fuel that can damage soil and contaminate groundwater.
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Indiana environmentalists wary of oil pipeline plan

October 25, 2011
Associated Press
The oil industry says a new oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast might create jobs for Indiana residents if the Obama administration approves its construction.
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Zeroing in on net-zero energy in IndianapolisRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Marc D. Allan
The Holy Grail of energy efficiency has yet to arrive, but pieces are falling into place.
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Airport Authority picks local firms to develop 60-acre solar farm

September 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Airport Authority announced Tuesday that it has selected a joint venture of three locally based firms to develop a 60-acre solar farm on airport property.
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Refrigerant company fights EPA over rulesRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Jim Tieken, a former refrigeration repairman, invented an alternative to the coolant Freon when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned it in the mid-1990s. But his company might be unable to continue making that alternative, Hot Shot, because of cap-and-trade burdens, according to a letter Tieken sent the EPA in May.
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Green group: I-69 will drain money from other projects

August 9, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's 142-mile extension of Interstate 69 between Indianapolis and Evansville will siphon hundreds of millions of dollars away from other road and bridge projects in coming years, according to a report from an environmental group.
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Carrier counts on new environmental regulations to drive salesRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carrier Corp.’s plan to invest $36.5 million in its Indianapolis plant hinges in part on how well consumers take to a new platform of high-efficiency furnaces.
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Lugar pushes energy savings, more oil production

June 30, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar is pushing a national energy plan he says will save billions of dollars by increasing domestic oil production and improving energy efficiency.
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Actor Ed Begley to bring star power to Indiana energy conferenceRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Begley is famously obsessed with making his home more energy-efficient—and for driving his wife nuts.
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Challenger in Indianapolis mayoral race releases sustainability planRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Among Melina Kennedy’s priorities is educating residents and businesses about recycling and making it more convenient.
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Indiana lawmakers push voluntary renewable standards

April 17, 2011
Associated Press
Senate Bill 251, which passed the Indiana House Utilities and Energy committee Friday, calls for a voluntary goal of producing 10 percent of the state's electricity from renewable energy resources by 2025.
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New EPA rules could trigger Indiana emission testing

April 15, 2011
Associated Press
Drivers across Indiana could be required to have their vehicles undergo emissions testing if new federal Environmental Protection Agency rules set for release this summer are strict enough, a state environmental official said.
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Banks OK with 'clean energy financing districts'Restricted Content

March 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Industry feared original bill would have put mortgage lenders at added risk.
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Indiana experts weigh in on environmental issuesRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
A panel discussion includes topics ranging from green power initiatives and hybrid cars to landfill policies and environmental regulations.
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Indiana Senate panel advances nuclear incentive bill

February 10, 2011
Associated Press
A bill that would allow Indiana's utilities to quickly pass onto their customers some of the costs of planning nuclear power plants is advancing in the General Assembly.
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U.S. says new rules would cut thousands of coal jobs

January 26, 2011
Associated Press
The Obama administration's own experts estimate their proposal for protecting streams from coal mining would eliminate thousands of jobs and slash production across much of the country
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Bill would let Indiana pharmacies collect old meds

January 10, 2011
Associated Press
A bill authored by Republican Rep. Kevin Mahan of Hartford City would revise state law so that pharmacies could accept unused prescription drugs from customers and dispose of them securely and safely.
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Purdue professor says ethanol consumption has its limits

January 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Current infrastructure for delivering the alternative fuel isn't adequate to use all that the federal government says must be produced.
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New law prohibits disposing of electronic gadgets in household trash

January 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Marion County residents should dispose of electronics at so-called "ToxDrop" locations.
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City looking for consultants to ramp up green programs

November 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Office of Sustainability in November put out two requests for consultants or teams to implement environmentally friendly initiatives.
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Ethanol's future clouded by potential loss of tax breaks

November 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The fortunes of Indiana’s 12 ethanol plants, and the farmers and truckers who supply the corn to make the motor fuel additive, hinge on two decisions facing Congress and federal regulators in the weeks ahead.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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