Tully: The attack on Indiana's environmentPosted Nov 22, 2013
These are tough days for environmentalists in Indiana.
The logging industry seems to drive the Pence administration’s views on how to treat forests, just as it did the Daniels administration’s. Massive corporate-owned meat production facilities continue to grow in size and number. Water and air pollution remain a source of deep concern. And as if Indiana’s regulatory controls weren’t lax enough, the state legislature could soon make things much worse.
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Indiana's air and water quality improvements may not be enoughPosted Nov 07, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS | The state's environmental regulator told lawmakers Wednesday he fears new, impossible-to-meet federal pollution standards will overshadow the progress Indiana has made in improving air and water quality.
Thomas Easterly, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, said the pending federal regulations will all-but ban coal-fired power plants, which currently produce more than 80 percent of the state's electricity.
Indiana takes tougher stance on BPPosted Sep 30, 2013
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) on Wednesday set new mercury discharge limits for BP’s massive Whiting, Indiana refinery located just outside Chicago.
The stricter limits will force BP to reduce its mercury discharges into the lake every year by about one-third.
Under the current rules, BP’s mercury discharges must not exceed 23 parts per trillion. The new guidelines reduce that amount to 8.75 parts per trillion. It will go into effect on Nov. 1.
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