(This piece was originally published on June 29, 2018 by the Muncie Star Press.) The Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals on Thursday night overturned the decision of Delaware County to issue a building permit for a hotly contested swine CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation). BZA members found themselves in a quasi-judicial role, voting 5-2 to halt the project […]

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(This piece was originally published on June 18, 2018 by the NWI Times.) Multiple residents urged the Little Calumet River Basin Commission to not let Maya Energy use land by the river for a $50 million, 165,000-square-foot waste processing and recycling facility that’s planned in Gary. Environmentalists, concerned residents and the principal of the Steel City Academy […]

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(This piece was originally published on June 15, 2018 by the Newton County Enterprise.) A petition has recently been filed with the Newton County Plan Commission seeking a public hearing and reversal of the decision by Board of Zoning Appeals to approve a special exception use for Natural Prairie Farmland Holdings to construct an organic dairy […]

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(This piece was originally published on May 31, 2018 by WFYI.) The Hoosier Environmental Council joined with the Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club and Indiana Wildlife Federation to recommend greater protections for the lake sturgeon in the East Fork of the White River. The species is already on the Indiana’s endangered species list which protects […]

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(This piece was originally published on May 18, 2018 by the Herald Bulletin.) The Hoosier Environmental Council and Sandor Development are betting a proposed trailhead project will be the spark needed to revitalize the city’s main retail corridor. The two groups are collaborating on a sweeping Mounds Greenway Trailhead District along Scatterfield Road at River Ridge […]

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(This piece was originally published on May 17, 2018 by the Indianapolis Star.) For decades, the state’s environmental regulators have been required to notify Hoosiers whenever a proposed polluter seeks a permit by publishing a notice in the local newspaper. But that requirement has been lifted and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management wants to make a […]

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(This piece was originally published on April 25, 2018 by the Northwest Indiana Times.) A representative with the Hoosier Environmental Council joined dozens of people Tuesday in speaking against a proposed rollback of EPA’s regulations governing the disposal of waste from coal-fired power plants. Indra Frank, the organization’s environmental health and water policy director, is leading […]

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(This piece was originally published on April 22, 2018 by USA Today.) So far we have let China dominate renewable energy industries. Why not catch up and take the lead, like we did in the space race? If I were President Trump’s trusted adviser, this is what I would tell him. You can make America great […]

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(This piece was originally published on April 16, 2018 by the Star Press.) New regulations for local hog farms and other animal operations are being considered by Delaware County officials but won’t have an impact on a proposed 10,000-hog farm. The Delaware County commissioners on Monday declined to take action on requests to stop Rhett Light’s […]

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(This piece was originally published on April 6, 2018 by the Northwest Indiana Times.) More than a dozen organizations asked Friday for a public hearing and more time to comment on a proposed settlement requiring U.S. Steel’s Portage plant to pay a civil penalty and damages, reimburse government agencies and make improvements for spilling toxic chromium […]

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