Environment

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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Foes say proposed reservoir would have adverse impact

November 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
A Muncie group that opposes a proposal to build a new reservoir in central Indiana says the project raises health concerns, including waste from former auto industry plants that might contaminate the reservoir.
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Environmentalists targeting ag lawsRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
The Hoosier Environmental Council has targeted food safety, animal rights and the environmental impact the corporate livestock industry has in Indiana.
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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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DowAgrosciences cultivates sales record, but profit withers

October 24, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Despite a boost in third-quarter revenue due to crop-protection products, profit for the local unit of Dow Chemical tumbled more than 71 percent.
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City officials aim to build on momentum for cyclingRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis has become a more bike-friendly city, and city planners are looking to ensure the progress continues. The Metropolitan Development Commission will vote Oct. 16 on a bicycle master plan that lays out a host of educational and policy initiatives to encourage two-wheeled transportation.
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Peregrine falcon coming off endangered list

October 11, 2013
Associated Press
The peregrine falcon, a critical component of Indianapolis' battle against pigeons, is coming off Indiana's endangered species list following a successful two-decade effort to reintroduce the bird to the state.
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Board backs site for $2.1B Indiana fertilizer plant

October 11, 2013
Associated Press
Posey County's Board of Zoning Appeals on Thursday approved a permit for the project on 219 acres of farmland in an industrial area near Mount Vernon.
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State tourism destinations hope shutdown is short

October 5, 2013
Associated Press
The shutdown has closed or limited access to Indiana's federal forests and parkland, including the 13,000-acre Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
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Eco-friendly lighting firm gains wattage after recessionRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Dan Human
Eco Lighting Solutions in Fishers designs and sells induction lighting, which costs less to install than LED and requires less energy than fluorescent. Induction lights work a lot like cheaper fluorescent ones, but don’t burn out as quickly.
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Sides speak out in hearing over so-called ag-gag bill

September 26, 2013
Jesse Wilson, The Statehouse File
The debate before the Economic Development Study Committee comes five months after House Speaker Brian Bosma killed a bill that would have made it a crime to secretly shoot photos or video on private property with the goal of harming a business.
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New vision for Eastgate includes solar farm

September 21, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A former east-side shopping mall will soon be covered in solar panels, possibly the most transformative of property owner Alex Carroll’s various redevelopment efforts.
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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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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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