environment http://wboi.org en Report: "Energizing Indiana" Was Cost Effective http://wboi.org/post/report-energizing-indiana-was-cost-effective <p></p><p>A new report indicates the state’s energy efficiency program legislators eliminated earlier this year was cost effective—saving about three dollars for every one dollar spent.</p><p>The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission report shows the biggest payback from the program—called Energizing Indiana—was in rebates given to commercial and industrial businesses that upgraded to energy efficiency equipment. For every one dollar in rebate, the companies saved more than five dollars in electricity costs.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:01:46 +0000 Gretchen Frazee 34790 at http://wboi.org Report: "Energizing Indiana" Was Cost Effective 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