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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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Early treatments seem to be keeping invasive plant at bay

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS —The Department of Natural Resources is testing out an herbicide treatment in LaGrange County in an attempt to stop an invasive plant that can ruin a boating or fishing trip. Most natural lakes in Indiana have Eurasian watermilfoil. It starts growing early in the season and often starves native species forming […]

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Study makes recommendations to grow the state’s food hub network

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– A study conducted by the Indiana Department of Agriculture is looking at ways to bring more specialty crops to the state and bridge the gap between growers and consumers. Food hubs bring consumers closer to the source of their food. It’s a system for collecting, processing and distributing local foods that […]

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Energy efficient bill headed to Pence for signature

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate sent a bill to the governor Tuesday that would change the energy efficiency landscape in the state. Senate Bill 412, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, is meant to replace the Energizing Indiana program, which the General Assembly canceled last year over the objections of environmental groups. […]

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