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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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Bill to ban microbeads headed to governor’s office

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com House Bill 1185, which would prevent the sale of any products containing microbeads, is headed to the governor’s office for final approval. HB 1185 defines a “synthetic plastic microbead” as a spherical object that is five millimeters or less in diameter and not biodegradable. The beads are common in beauty products […]

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Bill to ban micro-beads used in beauty products close to becoming law

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Tiny pieces of plastic used to exfoliate skin are creating big problems for the environment and so legislation to ban the beauty product ingredient is moving through the General Assembly. House Bill 1185, authored by Rep. Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, defines a “synthetic plastic microbead” as a spherical object […]

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DNR stocked a record number of fish in 2014

By Adam Lee                                                                                                         […]

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Speaker kills bill criticized as detrimental to solar, wind energy usage

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The leader of the Indiana House has killed a bill that critics say would have depressed the use of solar and other alternative energies. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, pulled the bill off the calendar Tuesday, a key deadline for action. “There are a whole variety of issues that […]

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