On Air with IER
On Air with IER brings you news about environmental issues affecting the state of Indiana. We’ll scour the globe for the latest scientific developments and translate them into news that’s useful for you.
This week: EPA's Region 5 is refuting a new report by the EPA's Office of the Inspector General that may have found major record keeping issues, Indianapolis Power & Light has settled a lawsuit alleging Clean Air Act violations at its Petersburg Generating Station, and climate resilience education efforts continue even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This week: We take at the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, LLC steel mill. The facility recently had a big win in air quality, but is also under investigation for how it and its contracted laboratory tests samples of pollutants it dumps into nearby water sources.
This week: IER's Beth takes a look at complicated legacy of large scale farming in Indiana. It helps farmers stay in business and gets food to stores, but at what cost?
This week: Youth activists from West Lafayette want Purdue University to commit to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, and the IDEM commissioner speaks about the agency's actions during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
This week: The EPA wants to know what you think about a plan to clean up a toxic Superfund site in Martinsville, a coalition in northwestern Indiana gives out awards for clean air contributions, and, after four years, the Trump administration restarts a committee meant to advise the USDA on ways to keep federal programs available to socially disadvantaged farmers.
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.
This week: East Chicago residents are concerned the EPA will delist 671 properties from the Superfund National Priorities List before all health threats are removed, and a court has ordered the EPA to reassess whether Porter County meets national air quality standards for ozone.
This week: Once known for the healing power of its spring-fed spas, the city of Martinsville, Indiana now faces the specter of health threats caused by the contamination of its water supply.
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.
This week: A legal battle between IDEM and the EPA over the air quality designation for a small part of Huntington County could get even more complicated after three groups threaten to sue over supposed inaction, plus an Indiana farmer was one of several witnesses invited to testify about the proposed Growing Climate Solutions Act and other help farmers might need to enter the carbon credit market.
This week: A coalition of groups from across the nation threaten to sue the EPA unless it reviews flare standards for the first time in three decades, and a Goshen man faces multiple charges for an alleged "green product" scheme targeting Amish investors.
This week: A federal court ordered the EPA to ban the sale of three dicamba herbicides after understating the products risks and understating their damage, plus Congress hears how environmental injustice is helping COVID-19 hit some communities much harder than others.
This week: Researchers from Midwestern universities say the region needs to transform its current agricultural system to survive in the current century, and new survey results find a majority of Hoosiers agree on climate change issues once they get past some key points.
This week: Monroe County officials and two environmental groups sue to stop the U.S. Forest Service from implementing a plan they say could pollute Lake Monroe, and changes to a chemical reporting law could allow more companies to be exempt from reporting what chemicals they make near you.
This week: More than half a dozen Indiana communities will take the first steps in cleaning up potentially contaminated plots of land, and parts of two Indiana cities have met federal air quality standards but may not be free of health hazards.
This week: We get a first look at which companies are asking IDEM for leniency during the COVID-19 crisis, and people living near the Michigan City Generating Station prepare their response to a coal ash pond clean up plan that could leave behind a legacy of pollution.
This week: An Indiana University survey finds that only 1 in 5 Hoosiers thought a pandemic was possible, and northwestern Indiana residents are concerned a plan to close several coal ash ponds may not be enough to stop a legacy of pollution.
This week: Fallout from the COVID-19 crisis has dealt a serious economic blow to the clean energy industry. Plus, the combination of EPA's full-speed-ahead deregulation and COVID-19 "enforcement discretion" policy could put Hoosiers living near coal ash dump sites at risk.
This week: Both the U.S. EPA and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management have adopted "enforcement discretion" policies that will allow some forms of environmental regulation noncompliance during the COVID-19 crisis, and a new study has found that people living in communities with more air pollution have a higher COVID-19 death rate than people living in less polluted communities.
This week: Farmers face off against precipitation and pestilence to feed the country, and climate and medical professionals say there's a direct link between human health and the health of the environment.
This week: The NOAA predicts above-average levels of rainfall and flood risk this spring, the Department of Defense it has identified many more military installations in the U.S. that may be contaminated with toxic PFAS chemicals.
This week: Two Indiana-based companies are in charge of destroying the DoD's PFAS firefighting foam, and Congress takes a crack at the nation's plastic waste crisis.
This week: A bipartisan bill making its way through the Indiana legislature seeks to limit the amount of PFAS firefighting foam used during training, and Congress grills the EPA administrator about the Trump administration's request to slash the agency's budget by 26%.
This week: A U.S. company decides to stop selling an Indiana-made pesticide linked to "brain abnormalities" in children; we look at who won the first stage of a legal battle to prevent the construction of a coal-to-diesel plant in Spencer County; and students learn about using aquatic life to grow food.
This week: A coalition of groups from the Great Lakes region say its members need more time to see how a change to one of the nation's first major federal environmental laws will affect them, and a new report says snowfall rates have drastically changed in the past 50 years.
This week: Indiana's youth climate leaders call for change in state's first Youth Climate Action Day, and we hear from opponents and proponents of a bill making its way through the Indiana legislature that seeks to slow down the retirement of coal-fired power plants.
This week: The Trump administration has finalized a rule that limits which waterways are under federal Clean Water Act protections, and we look into whether Indiana's 2019 agricultural fortunes are a sign of things to come.
This week: IDEM investigates whether a company responsible for a chemical release in Lake Michigan and the Little Calumet River is accurately reporting water samples; we take a look at the environmental issues Gov. Eric Holcomb brought up during the 2020 State of the State address; and a national non-profit organization is looking for 20 Indianapolis homeowners willing to transition to solar power at no cost.
This week: A group of researchers is reaching out to towns and cities across Indiana to create the first state-wide urban forest database, and we take a look at some bills introduced during the 2020 Indiana legislative session that could have an effect on the environment.