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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame has announced plans to be coal-free within five years.

The university has already reduced coal-based electricity from 85-percent of its usage to 15-percent.

Spokesman Dennis Brown says the university is committed to getting rid of it completely.

“We took to heart the encyclical that Pope Francis issued in June about the environment and decided to become much more aggressive and try to completely eliminate the use of coal by 2020,” he says. 

Farmers Say New EPA Water Proposals Unfairly Target Them

Aug 26, 2015
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Most people agree clean rivers and streams are vital to our health. The divide comes when the conversation turns to who should make sure those waterways are kept clean, who should regulate them and whether they should be regulated at all.

Later this month, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to implement a new set of rules that expands its reach -- allowing it to regulate not only major rivers, but also the tributaries that flow into them.

IDEM Looking Into Wabash River Fish Kill

Aug 21, 2015
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The state is trying to figure out what’s killing fish in northeastern Indiana, near the source of the Wabash River.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management officials took samples from the river this week nad tests came back positive for a species of blue-green algae, which could be part of the problem.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management Spokesman Dan Goldblatt says they’ve confirmed there’s an algal bloom in the Wabash River.

How Indiana Could Achieve The New EPA Pollution Standards

Aug 19, 2015
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Indiana must reduce the carbon dioxide its power plants emit by about a third in the next 15 years.

The mandate comes as part of new Environmental Protection Agency rules President Obama announced earlier this month.

The rules require each state to put together a plan on how it will reach the new EPA goals. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Gretchen Frazee explains how that could work.

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Indiana’s state parks resemble a bathtub that’s ringed with mildew. That’s how Department of Natural Resources officials describe the current state of park land.

DNR Deputy Director Mike Smith says in most parks, a ring of green sludge is all that remains from the heavy rains earlier this year.

Smith says the agency has had to cancel more than 4,000 reservations and has missed out on almost $700,000 of revenue it expected to generate.

Smith says most of that money was likely to come from in-state tourists.