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: A company pays $9.8 million to settle claims it was responsible for pollution leading to an Elkhart Superfund site, and a new report finds there may be a lot more PFAS contamination around the country than we think.
This week: The Indiana Wetlands Task Force that was established as state lawmakers eliminated state protections for half of the state's remaining wetlands has released its final report, and Indiana's attorney general continues defending fossil fuels by taking on banks attempting to reduce their climate impact.
This week: New research finds kids could be breathing in toxic PFAS chemicals found in stain-proof school uniforms, and the Department of Energy finds 80% of active and retired coal-fired power plant sites could house advanced nuclear energy projects.
This week: Another year, another record high for greenhouse gases. We'll take a look at what that means for Indiana. Plus, Indiana’s attorney general gets the state involved in the fossil fuel industry's efforts to protect their profits.
This week: The EPA is beginning to crack down on two of the most well-known toxic PFAS chemicals, PFOA and PFOS, and Indiana researchers are working to better understand the thousands of other unregulated PFAS chemicals.
This week: After a fossil fuel-friendly member of the President's own party derailed the latest effort to pass legislation to combat the crisis climate, some Americans want President Biden to use the full power of the presidency to turn the tide.
This week: In a decision that could have significant implications for Indiana, the U.S. Supreme Court limits the EPA's power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finds high levels of some PFAS chemicals in seafood products.
This week: The EPA's budget struggles claim a pair of Indiana air sensors, a group of PFAS firefighting foam makers will need to test their products for health effects, and Indiana's attorney general continues to oppose nationwide community efforts to get fossil fuel companies to pay for climate change effects.
This week: A federal court blocked a multi state effort aided by Indiana’s attorney general to help oil companies gain an advantage in a major climate change lawsuit, and the EPA lays out its plan to clean up a contaminated site in Franklin believed by residents to be contributing to an uptick in child cancer cases.
This week: Two towns in northwest Indiana make a deal after dumping tens of thousands of gallons of raw sewage water into waterways for more than 10 years, and one of the state’s top financing officials talks to Congress about how to make a program to protect water quality better.
This week: A new report finds Indiana's waterways are too polluted to play in, and Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb vetoes a bill trying to stymie important regulations.
This week: A federal watchdog says the EPA needs to do more to make sure chemical facilities can withstand climate change effects, and a major new study finds more evidence that discriminatory housing policies are still affecting the health of minorities today.
This week: A new report finds the world is running out of time to prevent the worst effects of climate change, and a bill that would only allow state agencies in Indiana to enforce the bare minimum of environmental and other regulations is dead for now.
This week: Indiana lawmakers consider a pair of bills setting the foundation for the state's post-coal energy future, and U.S. senators try to stop governors from considering climate change during infrastructure spending.
This week: State lawmakers are on the verge of making an Ice Age mammal the state fossil, but is it "Indiana" enough? We take a look at their proposed animal, plus some other surprising Indiana-related fossils.
This week: Indiana lawmakers introduce legislation that would prevent state agencies from doing more than the federal government to protect human health and the environment and prevent the state from doing business with companies that want to move away from fossil fuels.
This week: We take a look at how a bill setting up a drainage task force could end up stripping away Indiana's few remaining wetland protections and why legislators are pushing bills to support carbon capture and sequestration.
This week: State PFAS testing finds "forever chemicals" in treated water in two community water systems, and a federal report finds state air compliance monitoring dipped by 28% during the early months of the pandemic.
This week: The EPA unveiled a new strategy to tackle lead exposure, and countries talk climate deals at the COP26 conference.
This week: Scientists shout for climate action and cement and concrete manufacturers unveil a plan for net zero carbon emissions.
This week: A Purdue University project will test how the Midwest can update its agricultural system for the 21st century, and the U.S. EPA lays out its strategy for tackling PFAS chemicals.
This week: The Indiana Wetlands Task Force is assembled; one of the state's "super polluter" power plants could soon have an official retirement date; and we take a look at whether Indiana lawmakers will stifle the state’s solar energy future.
This week: After a recent court ruling, the state of Indiana has to figure out which state waterways are still state waterways; a major steel company has to pay for a 2017 chromium spill; and an organization is helping people find a new life in farming.
On a new and improved On Air with IER: Tell City residents say a former General Electric plant is a risk to human health and property values; a proposed natural gas pipeline could impact plants and wildlife in southern Indiana; and South Bend renegotiates a deal to save hundreds of millions of dollars and protect water quality.
On a new and improved On Air with IER: A natural gas pipeline to nowhere (for now) could affect Hoosier health and the environment in southwestern Indiana; Indiana's Congressional Republicans say "no" to a major PFAS bill; and misinformation threatens renewable energy's future in the Hoosier state.
This week: A large majority of Hoosiers said 2020 was a difficult year and expect the next decade to be just as difficult, and an association of Midwestern companies and trade groups are against a new rule preventing pollution from high-polluting states from affecting the air quality in downwind states.
This week: The Biden administration intends to revise which waterways are protected by federal law, and Indiana's attorney general wants the Supreme Court to review the EPA's power to regulate electric companies' pollution.
This week: IDEM Commissioner Bruno Pigott speaks about the "pretty tough" 2021 Indiana Legislative Session, groups want a planned I-69 bridge between Kentucky and Indiana to have pedestrian and cyclist access, and a $2 trillion infrastructure proposal could help significantly reduce Indiana's lead exposure problem.