(This piece was originally published on January 24, 2019 by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.) Bill would protect CAFOs’ neighbors Indiana is among the top 10 states in pork, chicken and egg production and ranks high in a range of other agricultural commodities. As the factory farms responsible for most of that bounteous yield continue to grow, we need tougher […]

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(This piece was originally published on January 23, 2019 by the Chesterton Tribune.) The Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) is voicing its opposition to legislation which it says would increase the likelihood of stormwater runoff pollution at construction sites. HB 1266, introduced by State Rep. Doug Miller, R-Elkhart, “is drastic legislation that would take authority away from local […]

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(This piece was originally published on January 21, 2019 by WFYI Indianapolis.) Indiana environmental regulators are reviewing utilities’ cleanup plans for dozens of coal ash ponds, with one environmental group concerned that the plans don’t do enough to address potential contamination. The cleanup efforts come after utilities across the country admitted last year to leaking toxic chemicals […]

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(This piece was originally published on January 21, 2019 by Inside Indiana Business.) A controversial large-scale organic dairy project in Newton County is moving forward. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report construction has begun on the facility for the Texas-based Natural Prairie Dairy project, which is opposed by many due to environmental contamination concerns. The property sits near […]

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(This piece was originally published on January 18, 2019 by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.) First steps on groundwater protection under way Electricity from coal-burning plants has powered Indiana’s homes, building and factories for decades. But the bills soon may be coming due for a long-ignored byproduct of that process. Though the air pollution produced by coal-fired […]

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(This piece was originally published on January 14, 2019 by the Indianapolis Star.) Utilities across the country — including in Indiana — admitted late last year that they violated state and federal pollution standards by leaking dangerous levels of toxic chemicals from their coal ash ponds into nearby groundwater. The admissions are expected to lead to the eventual […]

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(This piece was originally published on November 22, 2018 by the Northwest Indiana Times.) Steel City Academy was honored Nov. 17 with the Hoosier Environmental Council’s Environmental Justice Advocate of the Year award. Presented by Indiana’s largest environmental advocacy organization, the statewide award was given at the Hoosier Environmental Council’s annual Greening the Statehouse forum in Wabash. […]

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(This piece was originally published on November 25, 2018 by the Northwest Indiana Times.) The Hoosier Environmental Council has presented a grassroots, all-volunteer group with its Frontline Advocate of the Year award for its fight against a large-scale organic dairy in an environmentally sensitive area near Lake Village. Protect our Kankakee River Basin Steering Committee was formed to […]

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(This piece was originally published on November 19, 2018 by RTV6.) A new effort is underway aimed at better protecting the health of Indiana children in the classroom. A recent Call 6 Investigation found most schools do not test for radon, a lung cancer-causing gas that comes up through the soil, even though the EPA recommends schools […]

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(This piece was originally published on December 4, 2018 by the Pharos-Tribune.) Chesterfield and Daleville are on board to collaborate on the Mounds Greenway project going through the two towns. The Chesterfield Town Council signed a letter of interest on the Hoosier Environmental Council project at town hall on Monday. The Mounds Greenway would be a linear […]

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