Environment

Business videotaping ban clears Indiana House panel

March 28, 2013
Associated Press
Taking videos and photos at Indiana farms and factories without permission would be a crime under a proposal endorsed 9-3 Thursday by the House agriculture committee.
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GOP strategist Matalin speaks out against 'ag-gag' bill

March 28, 2013
Associated Press
Republican pundit Mary Matalin is among several celebrities lobbying Indiana lawmakers to oppose a bill banning filming at farms and factories.
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Indiana lawmaker: Coal-gas plant no longer feasible

March 27, 2013
Associated Press
An Indiana lawmaker who opposes a 30-year contract with the developers of a proposed $2.8 billion coal-gasification plant told a House committee Wednesday that the surge in U.S. shale gas production has driven down natural gas prices, leaving synthetic gas projects unfeasible.
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Scrap industry backs regulation of oft-stolen items

March 20, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
An Indiana Senate committee on Tuesday approved House Bill 1441, which would make it illegal to sell air-conditioner coils or catalytic converters without proof of ownership.
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Madison County considers new reservoir on White River

March 16, 2013
Associated Press
Economic development officials are proposing a $300 million reservoir on the White River about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis that would be a catalyst for new investments and jobs and would include marinas, boat docks and restaurants.
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Indiana crop insurance payouts for 2012 losses top $1B

March 12, 2013
Associated Press
Purdue University said Tuesday that Indiana farmers received payouts for 2012 corn, soybean and wheat losses that are nearly twice as much as the previous record of $522 million in 2008.
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IPL boosts renewables portfolio with more solarRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Farm planned for northeast of Indianapolis Motor Speedway will add to sun/wind capabilities.
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CountryMark paying $18 million for pollution controls

March 1, 2013
Associated Press
Government officials alleged Indianapolis-based CountryMark violated the law when the oil refiner expanded operations without obtaining proper permits and installing necessary pollution controls.
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Environmental groups lob new suit at I-69 work

February 27, 2013
Scott Olson
For the third time, the Hoosier Environmental Council has filed a federal suit attempting to stop construction of the 142-mile link between Evansville and Indianapolis.
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Federal budget cuts would hit military, education in Indiana

February 24, 2013
Associated Press
The White House has tallied the impact of automatic cuts to the federal budget set to take effect this week. Indiana will lose at least $100 million in support for the military, education, child care, seniors and services for other populations.
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HEMPSTEAD: Indianapolis approaching important tipping pointRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Sarah Hempstead
Confluence of trends, developments offer special opportunity.
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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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