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Environment
10:52 am
Mon December 22, 2014

EPA Will Set National Standards For Coal Ash Regulation

There are more than 80 coal ash lagoons in Indiana, making Indiana first in the nation for the number of ponds that contain coal waste.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it will set national standards for the regulation of coal ash, the byproduct of burning coal, in hopes of preventing air and water contamination.

The rules could have a significant impact on Indiana, which has about 80 coal ash storage ponds, more than any other state in the country.

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Environment
8:45 am
Thu December 11, 2014

CityBus Gambles On Gas, Both Compressed And Liquid

A worker tightens a fitting inside one of CityBus's two compressed natural gas filling stations.
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High overhead CityBus’s Lafayette headquarters tower three wind turbines, which whir almost melodically on this blustery winter day.

They’re the most visible sign of the corporation’s push to be more environmentally friendly.

But on the ground, there’s a different whirring sound that foretells of the newest such effort -- a generator helps run power tools and a radio playing country music as half a dozen workmen install a natural gas pumping station.

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Environment
10:40 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Reducing Holiday Waste As You Deck the Halls

But is it recyclable? The trash generated by the average American household jumps by 25 percent during the holidays. With some planning before shopping and wrapping, that doesn't have to be the case.
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The end-of-year holidays aren't just a time filled with more cheer, but also are a time filled with more trash-  although some simple tips can help keep that to a minimum.

Dan Goldblatt, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Environmental Health, said the best way to cut down on the garbage generated is through what's known as "pre-cycling," and thinking ahead before you purchase a gift.

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Environment
3:25 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Meteorologists: Frigid Canadian Air To Linger For Ten Days

Overnight temperatures could fall into the teens for the first time in months.
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National Weather Service meteorologists say the cold snap heading to Indiana beginning Tuesday night is going to hang around for at least the next ten days.

"Teens and twenties at night and thirties for highs," says National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Ryan. "Still looks like potential maybe for some light snow on Sunday and then also some maybe some later next week. But again, that being out a few days -- need to fine-tune that."

Ryan says the system is funneling cold air down from Canada over much of the eastern U.S.

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Environment
10:16 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Land Trust Preserves Indiana’s Last Old-Growth Forest

The Central Indiana Land Trust bought the 150-year-old Meltzer Woods in Shelby County, Indiana for $288,000.
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Phil Meltzer, 88, was born in a small house on the land his family owned since 1857.

“I remember one time when we were kids we built a little cabin out in the woods and went coon-hunting with the boys at night,” Phil says.

Meltzer Woods has also been in the Meltzer family for over 150 years and the trees have been left untouched, making it the last unpreserved old-growth forest left in Indiana.

Now, the Central Indiana Land Trust has bought the 48 acres of intact woods.

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