On Air with IER: Episode 68

This week: A group of scientists say a family of thousands of persistent and potentially toxic chemicals known as PFAS should be treated as a single chemical class to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of efforts to reduce their harm to human health and the environment, and the EPA wants to know what you think about a plan to cleanup the site of a former coal ash landfill threatening the Indiana Dunes National Park.
July 13, 2020


Welcome to Episode 68 of the IER Podcast hosted by Enrique Saenz.


Scientists Say “Forever Chemicals” Should Be Managed as a Chemical Class to Improve Human and Environmental Health

By Enrique Saenz

A group of scientists, including an Indiana University environmental chemist, said governments and industry should treat a family of thousands of persistent and potentially hazardous chemicals known as PFAS as a single chemical class.

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A roundup of recent climate and environmental related headlines from around the world.

  1. Navy SEAL veteran starts biodegradable signage company
    Link for the first story.

  2. Climate scientist claims Facebook is restricting fact-checks on climate misinformation
    Link for the second story.


Comment period for NIPSCO Bailly plant in Chesterton underway

By Enrique Saenz

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has opened the 45-day public comment period for the proposed cleanup plan of an inactive power plant in Chesterton.

The proposal addresses the cleanup of Area C of the Northern Indiana Public Service Co.’s Bailly Generating Station, which abuts the Indiana Dunes National Park.

Ways to comment:

By confidential voicemail: (312) 886-6015

By fax: (312) 697-2568

By website: https://www.epa.gov/publicnotices/forms/hazardous-waste-cleanup-northern-indiana-public-service-company-nipsco-public

By email: safakas.kirstin@epa.gov

By mail: Kirstin Safakas
U.S. EPA Region 5
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604-3590

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