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: 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.
This week: President Biden pledges a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and Gov. Eric Holcomb will have to decide whether or not to sign into law a bill that eliminates protections for much of the state's wetlands.
This week: House committees make major changes to two environmental bills in the Indiana Legislature, making a wetlands bill more palatable and a carbon market bill less so.
This week: An Indiana University professor nominated for the EPA's number two position faces the Senate; Indiana's energy grid operator says it will take "transformational change" to introduce more renewable energy into the grid; and a carbon market bill making its way through the Indiana Legislature could help us fight climate change while helping farmers in a big way.
This week, we take a look at several environmental bills making their way through the Indiana legislature. One bill seeks to remove all state protections for state wetlands. Another bill wants to make it difficult for local governments and state-funded universities to move away from fossil fuels. A third seeks to set the groundwork for a carbon market in Indiana.
This week: A federal court has struck down a key Trump administration air pollution rule that the EPA said could cause more air pollution and premature deaths, and South Bend's Mayor Pete is now Nominee Pete and making his case for a Transportation Department that carriers out President Joe Biden's climate goals.
This week: With only days left before the transition, the Trump EPA finalized a rule that restricts which data can be used to craft environmental legislation, and we take a look at President-elect Joe Biden's Climate Team.
This week: The Office of the Indiana State Chemist is considering some state-specific restrictions on dicamba, and climate activists discuss what steps President-elect Biden should take to combat climate change once he's in office.
This week: A new EPA proposal seeks to stop air pollution from upwind states like Indiana from crossing into downwind states and contributing to their pollution, and a federal judge ordered the FDA to complete an environmental analysis for genetically engineered salmon raised in Albany, Indiana.
This week: The EPA approved the registration of three dicamba products, despite previous federal court decisions invalidating earlier registrations and a growing number of complaints about the products’ safety. Plus, new research from Purdue University and an international team of researchers finds the same clouds that have helped Indiana feed the world could also be speaking volumes about the effect our actions have on the earth’s climate.
This week: The EPA has removed all or parts of 27 Superfund sites, including three Indiana sites, from the National Priorities List. Is the contamination threat at those sites really gone? Plus, an Indiana University professor will chair the EPA's scientific advisory board.