environment http://wboi.org en Indiana Among the Nation's Worst Water Polluters http://wboi.org/post/indiana-among-nations-worst-water-polluters <p>A report out Thursday claims Indiana is one of the worst water polluters in the nation.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The analysis from the group Environment America shows Indiana dumped more than 17 million pounds of pollutants into its waterways in 2012 – more tonnage than any other state. Fourteen million pounds – or about four-fifths of the pollution -- was released by just one place, the AK Steel Foundry in Rockport. But the report only uses self-reported government data which leaves out industries such as oil and gas, and agriculture.</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:23:22 +0000 Stan Jastrzebski 32093 at http://wboi.org Indiana Among the Nation's Worst Water Polluters Pence Vows to Fight New EPA Regulations http://wboi.org/post/pence-vows-fight-new-epa-regulations <p>Governor Mike Pence says he will use everything at his disposal to oppose new proposed federal regulations seeking to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama announced Monday the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations seek to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by the year 2030.&nbsp; Eighty percent of Indiana’s energy comes from coal power plants and Governor Pence says for a state so reliant on that source, the EPA’s proposal would be devastating for the Hoosier economy.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:04:04 +0000 Brandon Smith 31279 at http://wboi.org Allen County Gets Low Grade for Air Quality http://wboi.org/post/allen-county-gets-low-grade-air-quality <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Allen County has unsafe levels of ozone and particle pollution in the air - that’s according to The American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report released Wednesday.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The association graded 27 Indiana counties, giving Allen County a D, and 13 others F’s for high levels of ozone.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ozone, or smog, is one of the most widespread and powerful air pollutants.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:44:36 +0000 Virginia Alvino 29813 at http://wboi.org U.N. Report Predicts More Midwest Floods Due to Climate Change http://wboi.org/post/un-report-predicts-more-midwest-floods-due-climate-change <p></p><p>The Midwest is likely to experience more flash floods because of climate change. That’s one of the takeaways from the <a href="http://www.ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5/">United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report</a> released Monday. That could affect how cities think about their infrastructure and how farmers manage their crops.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Research indicates Indiana and other Midwestern states may not see more rainfall—it will just come in shorter, more intense bursts.</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:36:49 +0000 Gretchen Frazee 28441 at http://wboi.org U.N. Report Predicts More Midwest Floods Due to Climate Change Environmental Rulemaking Bill Halted http://wboi.org/post/environmental-rulemaking-bill-halted <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The Senate Environmental Affairs chairman halted the progress of a bill aimed at handcuffing state&nbsp;&nbsp;regulators from enacting environmental standards stricter than the federal government’s.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:45:15 +0000 Brandon Smith 26995 at http://wboi.org State conservation leaders explore major changes http://wboi.org/post/state-conservation-leaders-explore-major-changes <p></p><p>Indiana’s soil and water conservation leaders are exploring significant changes to the funding and organization of the state’s conservation efforts.</p><p>The Conservation Beyond 2016 Task Force was created several months ago in response to what it says were concerns over drops in conservation district funding. &nbsp;</p><p>Much of the money comes from counties.&nbsp; But over the last four years, funding has stagnated or decreased in more than 40% of Hoosier counties.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 11:01:50 +0000 Brandon Smith 2674 at http://wboi.org State conservation leaders explore major changes