On Air with IER: Episode 71

This week: The EPA finalized a rule that could delay the closure of toxic coal ash ponds in Indiana and elsewhere, and new survey results find that race plays a role in how Hoosiers experience and perceive climate change and its risks.
August 3, 2020


Welcome to Episode 71 of the IER Podcast hosted by Enrique Saenz.


EPA Finalizes Coal Ash Regulation Rollback That Could Delay Toxic Pond Closures

By Enrique Saenz

The Trump administration has finalized changes to a 2015 rule that will give the owners and operators of coal ash ponds more time to store toxic coal ash and pushes back a deadline to close those ponds.

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

  1. EPA Inspector General: Agency needs to improve oversight of states implementation of landfill regulations
    Link for the first story.

  2. GAO warns climate risks to contractors could threaten defense supply chain
    Link for the second story.


Survey Analysis Finds Race Plays Role in Perception, Vulnerabilities to Climate Change in Indiana

By Enrique Saenz

People across the U.S. are taking to the streets to protest racial inequity, saying that people of color experience a wholly different experience in the country than white Americans. New findings from a statewide survey indicate that the disparity extends to how Hoosiers of different races perceive climate change and its risks.

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