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Indiana hasn’t updated its rules on energy efficiency and safety measures in several years. Environmentalists hope a proposed change to the building code leads to a greener Indiana.

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James Mahoney loves to watch wild animals walk around his seven-acre property in southern Indiana. That’s why he put up trail cameras on some of the trees.

“Anything that walks in front of this camera, out to so many feet, 50 feet or so, it will take its picture and you’ll see it walk by,” Mahoney says. 

Mahoney has a special compassion for animals. He owns several horses and chickens. He even rehabilitates animals, currently a fox named Baby.

That’s why it’s somewhat surprising for people to learn he’s been hunting and trapping animals his entire life.

DNR Proposes Allowing Trapping, Hunting Bobcats

Mar 16, 2018
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The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to change several fish and wildlife policies, but one in particular is causing heated controversy.

The organization wants to allow the hunting and trapping of bobcats, a species considered endangered in the state until 2005.

EPA Moves To Repeal Clean Power Plan

Oct 9, 2017

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt announced Monday the Trump administration will repeal the Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Power Plan would reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent nationwide in an effort to slow man-made climate change.

Indiana and 27 other states previously sued the EPA over the Obama-era rule.

The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the rule from going into effect in 2016, a move that met the approval of industry groups such as the Indiana Coal Council.

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A leading Indiana environmental organization won’t endorse in the gubernatorial race because it doesn’t have “enthusiastic support” for plans put forward by either Republican Eric Holcomb or Democrat John Gregg.

Steve Francis is the political chair of the Hoosier chapter of the Sierra Club. He says Indiana’s environmental issues – for instance, its reliance on coal and health issues created by poor air quality – have been ignored by the current administration.

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Seven environmental health and justice organizations, including the Sierra Club, are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over what they say are outdated toxicity standards for lead.  

The suit comes as authorities explore just how contaminated the heavy metal has made the soil in East Chicago.

Thinkprogress.org health writer Alex Zelinski says the lawsuit claims the EPA – and not the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- should have kept more accurate records on the alarming rise of health effects of lead on humans. 

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The Indiana Department of Environmental Management, or IDEM, is writing new rules for the disposal of coal ash.

The update is part of a federal overhaul aimed at tightening regulations governing coal combustion residuals, or CCRs.

The waste, commonly referred to as coal ash, is a byproduct of burning coal for electricity.

The new rules from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency set requirements for how electric utilities dispose of coal ash.

But the EPA leaves it up to the states to write a plan for meeting the federal requirements.

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A settlement agreement between Duke Energy Indiana and several consumer groups concerning the utility's Edwardsport coal gasification plant has been expanded to include an agreement ceasing coal burning at another plant no later than 2020.

The original settlement in September was a response to the plant’s rising operating costs amid allegations it wasn't meeting performance expectations.

In the new agreement, Duke Energy agrees not to charge customers for $87.5 million of the operating costs of the Edwardsport plant, $2.5 million more than the original agreement.

Indiana Biz Leaders Cheer SCOTUS Pollution Ruling

Jun 29, 2015
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The Supreme Court has sided with Indiana and 22 other states in throwing out a proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation of coal-burning power plants.

Separate coalitions of states and businesses sued over a new mercury emission standard. A 5-4 Supreme Court agreed with their argument that the EPA unreasonably ignored the cost of compliance in drafting the rule.

Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar contends the regulation would impose crippling costs on utilities for very little gain in air quality. And he says other businesses would see electric bills soar.

Indiana Officials Declaring EPA Ruling A Victory

Jun 24, 2014
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In a ruling issued Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court says the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to limit the amount of greenhouse gases companies can produce—but it can only do so if the company is already required to get permits for other pollutants. Environmentalists and state officials in Indiana are declaring the ruling a victory.

Indiana joined 12 several other states in suing the EPA, alleging its new standards regulating greenhouse gases overstepped the authority Congress had given it.

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