Environmental Issues

Health chief, 4 others charged with manslaughter in Flint

June 14, 2017
 Associated Press
Five people, including the head of Michigan's health department, were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in an investigation of Flint's lead-contaminated water, all blamed in the death of an 85-year-old man who had Legionnaires' disease.
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Insurers: We're off the hook, Duke Energy knew coal ash risk

June 14, 2017
 Associated Press
Dozens of insurance companies say they're not obligated to help pay for Duke Energy Corp.'s multi-billion dollar coal ash cleanup because the nation's largest electric company long knew about but did nothing to reduce the threat of potentially toxic pollutants.
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Judge says part of lawsuit in Flint water crisis can proceed

June 6, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge has refused to dismiss portions of a sweeping lawsuit against state and local officials in the Flint water crisis.
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Indiana governor: New law will aid lead-tainted region

May 19, 2017
 Associated Press
Gov. Eric Holcomb is praising a new state law that will help a northwestern Indiana city deal with lead and arsenic contamination that's forcing residents in a public housing complex from their homes.
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Duke Energy plans to close coal ash ponds in Indiana

May 17, 2017
 Associated Press
Duke Energy is planning to close coal ash ponds in Indiana because of new federal environmental regulations.
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Long court fight possible over planned 2M hen farm

May 15, 2017
 Associated Press
An attorney says it could take a year to resolve a lawsuit by residents seeking to stop a proposed egg farm that could have up to 2 million hens in rural southwestern Indiana.
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Gary Airport sues Honeywell over contamination cleanup costs

May 9, 2017
 Associated Press
The Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority has filed a federal lawsuit against Honeywell International Inc. to recoup the cost of cleaning up contaminated groundwater.
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Judge orders Volkswagen to pay $2.8B in emission scandal

April 21, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge on Friday ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests, blessing a deal negotiated by the government for a "massive fraud" orchestrated by the German automaker.
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EPA chief makes first Superfund site visit with Indiana stop

April 20, 2017
 Associated Press
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency toured an Indiana public-housing complex on Wednesday where roughly 1,000 people were ordered evacuated because of lead contamination, his first visit to a Superfund site that some environmental advocates called a major leadership test.
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Noblesville environmental consulting firm hires Zoeller

April 18, 2017
Lindsey Erdody, IBJ Staff
A Noblesville-based environmental firm has hired former Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.
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Trump signs order rolling back environmental efforts

March 28, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will roll back many of former President Barack Obama's efforts to curb global warming. The order is aimed at helping spur American energy jobs.
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Indiana agency OKs $2M to secure, demolish East Chicago site

March 24, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana agency has approved $2 million to secure and demolish a public housing complex in East Chicago that residents must vacate because of soil contaminated with lead and arsenic.
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East Chicago officials say $56M is needed for lead crisis

March 9, 2017
 Associated Press
East Chicago officials estimate the city needs at least $56 million to deal with its ongoing lead contamination crisis.
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COA affirms setback distance for Eastern Indiana wind farm

February 14, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a Rush County zoning ruling requiring industrial wind turbines to be at least 2,300 feet from some people’s property lines. The judges emphasized that the zoning ordinances outline minimum distances and the zoning board is able to increase those distances when warranted.
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COA allows Vectren to move forward with coal-powered plants project

February 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana energy company can proceed with its plans to bring two of its coal-powered plants into compliance with federal emissions standards after the Indiana Court of Appeals rejected an appeal to force the company to build natural gas plants instead.
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Trump named as defendant in youths' climate lawsuit

February 10, 2017
 Associated Press
A group of youths who say the government has endangered their future with climate change has added President Donald Trump to the list of people and corporations they blame.
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Governor issues disaster order over East Chicago lead

February 10, 2017
 Associated Press
Gov. Eric Holcomb on Thursday issued a state disaster declaration over East Chicago's lead contamination problem, nearly two months after his predecessor rejected the city's request.
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Congressmen write Trump letter about East Chicago lead

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Members of Indiana’s congressional delegation have written a letter to President Donald Trump asking for details related to cleaning up lead contamination in East Chicago.
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Lawmakers consider funding for lead crisis in East Chicago

January 26, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
State lawmakers are considering two plans allocating a total of $15 million in state funds for the lead crisis in East Chicago.
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Judge denies injunction to block VA's Crown Hill project

January 16, 2017
IBJ Staff
A federal judge on Friday shot down a legal effort by environmentalists to block development of a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs cemetery on 15 wooded acres north of Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.
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VW pleads guilty in emissions scandal; 6 employees indicted

January 11, 2017
 Associated Press
Volkswagen is pleading guilty to three criminal charges and will pay $4.3 billion to the U.S. government for cheating on emissions tests and destroying evidence in an elaborate cover-up.
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Environmental crime most common among organizational offenders

December 22, 2016
IL Staff
Organizations charged with federal criminal offenses most commonly were accused of environmental offenses, the United States Courts announced Thursday, citing a report published by the United States Sentencing Commission.
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Obama sets rule to protect streams near coal mines

December 19, 2016
 Associated Press
The Obama administration on Monday set final rules designed to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining on the nation's streams, a long-anticipated move that met quick resistance from Republicans who vowed to overturn it under President-elect Donald Trump.
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Agreement with Gary to resolve Clean Water Act violations

December 14, 2016
 Associated Press
Federal and Indiana authorities have reached an agreement with the city of Gary to resolve longstanding violations of the Clean Water Act, including the release of raw sewage.
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Washington state suing agrochemical giant over PCB pollution

December 9, 2016
 Associated Press
Washington has become the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. The company said the case "lacks merit."
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