Environment

Biofuel fraud case shines light on Imperial CEO

September 19, 2013
Dan Human
Federal prosecutors say Jeffrey Wilson did not initially know about a fraud scheme in Imperial Petroleum's new subsidiary, E-Biofuels, but allowed the deception to continue once he did, costing investors tens of millions of dollars.
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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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Purdue uncorks web series on Indiana wine industry

September 11, 2013
Associated Press
Series organizer Natalie van Hoose says "Indiana's wine industry may be small, but it's really quite remarkable."
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Indiana corn deteriorating under hot, dry conditions

September 11, 2013
Associated Press
A Purdue Extension corn specialist says the combination of dry weather and extreme heat during critical weeks for kernel-weight development is causing Indiana's once-thriving corn crop to decline.
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Tesla luxury electric car seeking outpost at Fashion MallRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Scott Olson
Tesla Motors Inc. is eyeing space in the Fashion Mall at Keystone and is seeking a zoning variance to sell cars there and to install charging stations within the parking garage.
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IndyGo to use $10M grant for all-electric buses

September 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
IndyGo will use a $10 million federal grant to convert 22 city buses to all-electric power. Each bus will cost about $550,000 to convert and will have a range of about 100 miles.
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Long dry spell hurting Indiana corn, soybean crops

September 4, 2013
Associated Press
Two-thirds of Indiana's top soil is listed as short or very short of moisture.
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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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Panel questions cuts to Indiana recycling programs

August 28, 2013
Associated Press
Legislators and recycling advocates asked the state environmental chief Wednesday why millions of dollars had been shifted out of recycling programs since the recession, saying the initiatives could have created thousands of jobs.
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Drought didn't stop Indiana farmland value growth

August 27, 2013
Associated Press
High net farm income, low interest rates and high farmland demand with supply combined to increase land values upward by 14.7 percent to 19.1 percent, depending on productivity, according to the study.
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Recycling group's leader changes mind about leaving

August 22, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Recycling Coalition said Executive Director Carey Hamilton, who announced she was leaving earlier this month, would remain with the organization in a restructured role.
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Legislators mull allowing farm wineries to sell direct

August 21, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana wineries complain that current rules about selling to retailers and dealers are onerous and can mean splitting up a family business.
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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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