Environmental Issues

7th Circuit rejects group's I-69 challenges

March 4, 2016
Scott Olson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a federal judge’s ruling granting a motion to dismiss some charges and grant summary judgment on others to the United States Department of Transportation after a group opposing I-69 construction in southern Indiana, Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads, filed a lawsuit.
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Appeals court reverses Indy recycling contract decision

February 24, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed summary judgment in favor of the city of Indianapolis and the Board of Public Works regarding a controversial contract with Covanta to create a trash and recycling center.
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Future uncertain for state environmental policy limit

February 16, 2016
 Associated Press
The future remains uncertain for a proposed limit on Indiana's authority to make its own environmental policies. The Senate Environmental Affairs Committee heard hours of testimony Monday on the bill, which has already passed the House.
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Indiana House backs bill to limit state environmental rules

February 2, 2016
 Associated Press
The Indiana House has approved a bill that would prevent state agencies from enacting environmental rules tougher than those imposed by the federal government.
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House panel endorses bill limiting environmental rulemaking

January 27, 2016
 Associated Press
An Indiana House committee has narrowly advanced a bill that would prohibit state agencies from enacting environmental rules and standards tougher than federal regulations.
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Indiana among states asking for stay of EPA power plant rule

January 27, 2016
IL Staff
A multistate coalition that includes Indiana has asked the Supreme Court of the United States to grant a temporary stay of a new EPA rule requiring existing power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
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US sues VW over emissions-cheating software in diesel cars

January 4, 2016
 Associated Press
Federal authorities are suing Volkswagen over emissions-cheating software found in nearly 600,000 vehicles sold in the United States.
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Judge issues $50M judgment against Elkhart environmental nuisance

November 25, 2015
Dave Stafford
Residents who live near a waste dump and wood-waste processing facility in Elkhart won a default judgment of more than $50 million against the former owners. The sum appears largely a symbolic figure, however.
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EPA intends tougher downwind air-pollution rule in 23 states

November 18, 2015
 Associated Press
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed tougher new limits on Tuesday on smokestack emissions from nearly two dozen states — including Indiana — that burden downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control.
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Coal ash expert to address Indiana environmental advocates

November 12, 2015
 Associated Press
An expert on the nation's coal ash ponds will address Indiana environmental advocates during their annual gathering focusing on the state's upcoming legislative session.
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States file additional challenge to EPA emissions power plant rule

November 4, 2015
IL Staff
The 23 states that are challenging a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rule requiring existing power plants to reduce carbon dioxide admissions filed an additional legal challenge Tuesday challenging a similar rule related to new power plants.
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Senate blocks legislation to undercut EPA clean water rules

November 4, 2015
 Associated Press
Democrats have blocked a Senate bill that would have forced the Obama administration to withdraw new federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands from development and pollution.
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Indiana part of lawsuit challenging EPA carbon rule

October 23, 2015
 Bloomberg News, IL Staff
Indiana and 22 other states filed a legal challenge Friday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new rule requiring existing power plants to make technological changes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The rule change is expected to unleash a flood of lawsuits from lawyers challenging everything from the timing to the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s signature climate initiative.
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New US clean water regulations blocked nationwide by court

October 9, 2015
 Bloomberg News
A U.S. appeals court has put on hold new federal environmental regulations governing American water bodies while it reviews a legal challenge from 18 states.
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Lawsuit wants plans mandated for dealing with big oil spills

October 8, 2015
 Associated Press
An environmental group sued the federal government Thursday, contending it gives pipeline owners and operators a free pass on developing legally required plans for dealing with oil spills into lakes, rivers and other inland waterways.
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BP to pay $138 million in fees in DOJ deal

October 8, 2015
 Bloomberg News
The value of BP Plc’s settlement with the U.S. government and five Gulf states over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill rose to $20.8 billion in the latest tally of costs from the U.S. Justice Department.
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Lawsuit takes on Indiana's right-to-farm laws

October 7, 2015
Jeff Newman, IBJ Staff
The Hoosier Environmental Council has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a pair of Hendricks County families who say they face “intolerable living conditions” created by odors coming from a nearby 8,000-hog farm that opened two years ago.
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Neither side happy with EPA's new ozone standard

October 2, 2015
 Associated Press
The Obama administration set a new national ozone standard Thursday, tightening limits on the smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness.
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Volkswagen to be subpoenaed in probe by 27 states

September 25, 2015
 Bloomberg News
A majority of U.S. states, including Indiana, have begun a joint investigation of Volkswagen AG in the widening fallout from the company’s admission that 11 million of its diesel vehicles use software to cheat emissions tests.
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7th Circuit rejects Indiana appeal of EPA ruling

August 10, 2015
Dave Stafford
Indiana had standing to appeal EPA approval of a change in how Illinois monitors for auto emissions, but the state failed to show the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision was arbitrary and capricious, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
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Judge: Landowners can't keep public off Lake Michigan beach

July 30, 2015
 Associated Press
A man who owns a piece of Indiana’s short stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline and said he had “complete and exclusive ownership” of its beachfront holds no such right and cannot deny the public access to that space, a judge has ruled.

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COA affirms judgment against Hammond in towns’ sewer suit

July 13, 2015
Dave Stafford
Hammond’s sanitary district had no statutory authority to cancel wastewater treatment contracts with the neighboring Lake County towns of Griffith, Highland and Whiting, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday, affirming the trial court in a split opinion.
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Indiana among 9 states contesting EPA water rule

July 6, 2015
IL Staff
Indiana will join eight other states that have challenged an Environmental Protection Agency rule redefining streams, creeks, ponds and wetlands as waters of the United States.
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EPA loses on power-plant emissions rule

June 29, 2015
 Bloomberg News, IL Staff
The Obama administration didn’t adequately consider the billions of dollars in costs before issuing a rule designed to cut hazardous emissions from 460 coal-fired power plants, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled.
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Judge strikes another blow against proposed Illiana Tollway

June 17, 2015
 Associated Press
A U.S. District Court judge in Chicago ruled Tuesday that the federal government's approval of the proposed Illiana Tollway linking northern Illinois and Indiana is invalid.
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