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Confined animal feeding operations pose challenge

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Surrounded by cornfields and farmland, Hill Farm sits far from any neighbor or residential business, and it is not until one is halfway up the family’s long gravel driveway that the smell of manure begins to register. Marc and Heather Hill are fourth generation farmers, raising more than 30,000 […]

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More than 1,500 acres to be preserved and restored by NIPSCO

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) is planning to preserve and restore land for public education and enjoyment. The nearly 1,630 acres of land will also be a focus for improving the biodiversity and habitats for many of the region’s plant and animal life. NIPSCO provided nearly $2 million […]

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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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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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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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Indiana joins lawsuit against EPA proposed air regulations

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana joined 11 other states Friday in a lawsuit challenging carbon dioxide regulations the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed. The lawsuit says the agency does not have the legal authority to regulate existing sources of air pollution and asks the court to prohibit the agency from finalizing its […]

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Ellspermann, other lt govs push back on EPA energy rule

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann has cosponsored a resolution adopted by the National Association of Lieutenant Governors aimed at protecting Indiana’s ability to use coal as a major source of power. Officials from Missouri, West Virginia, Alabama, South Dakota and Hawaii have also sponsored the resolution, which calls for federal […]

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Commentary: Pence battle with EPA leaves Indiana stranded on the shore

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence wants to have a fight with the Environmental Protection Agency. Pence objects to a new EPA clean energy rule that will require in states to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent from their 2005 levels by 2030. Pence used apocalyptic […]

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