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Environment
6:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Springtime Temperatures Bring Evidence Of Winter Fish Kills

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Biologists say it’s not likely to be a big year for fish kills, but fishing a local pond is the best way to check its health.

Department of Natural Resources officials say the warmer temperatures could reveal the amount of winter fish kills.

When snow and ice piles on top of the pond, sunlight is cut off, plants produce less oxygen and fish die. Biologist Tom Bacula says some bodies of water in Northern Indiana had up to 20 inches of ice on them this year – and may still be recovering from last year’s harsh winter.

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Environment
6:38 am
Wed February 25, 2015

House Speaker Halts Bill To Create Alternative Energy Fee

Opponents of the bill say it reduces incentives for Hoosiers to use alternative energy sources.
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House Speaker Brian Bosma Tuesday halted a bill opponents say significantly reduces incentives for Hoosiers to use alternative energy for their homes.

Proposed legislation made changes to the system by which utility companies purchase excess electricity from Hoosiers who produce energy through alternative means, such as solar panels.  Utilities would buy that energy at a lower price, and be able to charge alternative energy users fixed monthly fees for using the energy grid.

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Environment
6:00 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Coalition: Duke's Edwardsport Plant Is Dirty And Customers Shouldn't Pay

A recent report says the company's newest plant will also be its biggest polluter in Indiana.
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Hearings began this week in a case that will determine whether utility customers or shareholders should pay for additional costs related to Duke Energy’s Edwardsport coal gasification plant.

When first proposed in 2006, the project was expected to cost nearly $2 billion. Final costs totaled $3.5 billion, not including ongoing operational costs.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has previously approved requests from Duke Energy to recover a large portion of that money through customer rate increases.

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Environment
9:48 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Committee Approves Alternative To Energy Efficiency Program

Under the proposed Senate bill, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission would be tasked with approving utility companies' energy efficiency plans.
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A state Senate committee approved legislation Thursday creating a new energy efficiency program, which would largely be directed by utility companies, to replace the one lawmakers eliminated last year.

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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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