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Neighbors may be alerted before CAFO expansion

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — If a mega farm wants to build or expand in the future, it may soon have to first alert neighbors. “I believe the neighbors and businesses nearby should have a say about the CAFOs,” Sen. Susan Glick, R-LaGrange, said at Thursday’s Agriculture and Natural Recourses Interim Study Committee meeting. […]

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Rules limiting state environmental department’s power vetoed

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Concerns about safe drinking water guided Gov. Mike Pence to veto a bill Thursday. House Bill 1082 would have prevented the standards and rules by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management from going into effect, if they were tougher than federal law, until after the end of the next […]

Commentary: Right to farm’s rough harvest

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Commentary: Right to farm’s rough harvest

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Just a couple of hours after a controversial right-to-farm amendment to the state constitution had been plowed under in the Indiana Senate, two people who fought hard on the issue slip behind the microphones to talk about the battle. Craig Curry is the Indiana government relations and public liaison […]

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Controversial energy conservation bill moves to full Senate

Lawmaker talk energy conservation from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed legislation along party lines Wednesday that could mean higher utility bills for customers in an effort to promote conservation. Senate Bill 412, authored by the committee’s chairman, Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, is meant to replace the Energizing Indiana […]

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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 […]

Greening the Statehouse forum set for Saturday

By Jesse Wilson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Hoosier Environmental Council’s sixth annual Greening the Statehouse Forum is set for 9 a.m. Saturday at IUPUI. John Tuma, known for his fight for more sustainable agriculture in the Midwest, will be guest speaker at the event. Tuma, an attorney, also served as a legislator in his home […]

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Webinar to help Hoosier companies with energy usage

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An online workshop scheduled for later this month is meant to help companies find ways to reduce their energy costs and take advantage of new jobs in the clean energy sector. The webinar – sponsored by the Hoosier Environmental Council and the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development – is […]

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Video & story: Lobbying against the political tide

Nancy Guyott: A day in the life of a lobbyist from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – John Cardwell doesn’t really have a voice. He says he’s feeling sick today and you can hear it. He testified at a committee earlier and now he’s sipping a hot drink and trying to not […]


Meteorologist will keynote environmental event in December

By Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Meteorologist Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker of Greening the Statehouse and will address several environmental issues from a meteorological viewpoint. This year’s event will focus on Indiana’s drinking water supply and climate change. “We’re excited that Paul Douglas, who takes a no nonsense approach to […]

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Lieutenant governor candidates to talk energy, environment

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Hoosier Environmental Council is hosting a forum Thursday to gauge how the lieutenant governor candidates would deal with water and air pollution and what role they see Indiana taking in promoting clean energy and green job creation. Democratic state Sen. Vi Simpson, D-Ellettsville, and Libertarian candidate Brad Klopfenstein […]