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Wet weather causing extra challenges for orchards and threatening tree health

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A soggy summer filled with heavy rain, flooding and thunderstorms is threatening the health of trees across Indiana. Leaf scorch – the browning of leaves – branch dieback and premature defoliations are symptoms noted on mature oak, tulip and maple trees. Purdue University tree experts said homeowners and landowners […]

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Gov. Pence continues to call for change to the Clean Air Act regulations

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence continues to vow to Hoosiers and the nation that Indiana will not comply with tough carbon emission restrictions unveiled Monday. “Indiana will also continue to vigorously challenge the legality of this rule in the federal courts,” Pence said in a statement. “Far too much is at stake […]

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Disaster declaration request made for more than 50 counties after wet spring and summer

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Last week, Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter to U.S Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack requesting a secretarial disaster declaration for 53 of Indiana’s 92 counties. The request comes after crop damage and losses caused by flooding and excessive rain since May 1 of this year. “Recent and unprecedented heavy […]

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Ellspermann writes to EPA requesting quick action on renewable energy requirements

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann is requesting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency take action on setting renewable energy volume requirements for 2014, 2015 and 2016. In a letter to the EPA Administrator, Ellspermann noted the uncertainty in the volumes requirements significantly impacts Hoosier farmers and biofuels industries in Indiana. Gov. Mike […]

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Salem elementary school to get a tornado safe room thanks to $1.6M grant

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– An elementary school in Salem is getting ready for a major addition to its campus – one that is intended to make the area a safer place for students, teachers and staff. On Friday Salem Community Schools was awarded a federal grant of nearly $1.6 million for the construction of […]

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State to join suit against EPA’s water rule

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will join a multistate lawsuit against the federal government, accusing the EPA of overreach in its water rule. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Monday that his office will soon join the more than 12 state suit filed June 30 against the Environmental Protection Agency, which challenges as […]

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Supreme Court: EPA goes too far with clear air regulations

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday overruled a federal agency’s plan to control emissions of mercury and other pollutants from power-company smokestacks – siding with states who argued the EPA had gone too far. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence called the ruling a “victory for Indiana.” The state was one […]

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Pence: Indiana won’t comply with Clean Power Act unless significant changes are made

  By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter Wednesday to President Barack Obama that said Indiana couldn’t afford to comply with the Clean Power Act. Pence said the act was “ill-conceived and poorly constructed.” Pence also said unless the final rule significantly changes the act, the state will not comply. He […]

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New plans unveiled for a reservoir in Central Indiana

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —New plans were announced on Tuesday by Citizens Energy Group to turn an 88-acre quarry into a reservoir to help combat the concern for an expected water shortage within the next couple of decades. “I commend Citizens Energy Group for making this critical investment in the infrastructure of Central Indiana,” […]

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New law: State bans microbeads out of concerns about fish, Great Lakes

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is following in the footsteps of several other states including New York and Illinois concerning synthetic plastic microbeads. Manufacturers will no longer be able to produce personal care products with synthetic plastic microbeads beginning on Dec. 31, 2017. One year later, retailers will not be able to sell […]

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