On Air with IER: Episode 45

This week: We talked to a former Russian army soldier who survived the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986 and eventually made his way to the U.S. He thought his first brush with environmental disaster would be his last. He was wrong. Plus, a federal report found that half of Indiana's toxic Superfund sites could be affected by flooding due to climate change.
November 25, 2019


Welcome to Episode 45 of the IER Podcast hosted by Sophie Bird.


Tainted Dreams

By Beth Edwards

In 1986, Alex Firov was a soldier in the Russian army stationed near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine.

He survived the nuclear accident that happened there and eventually made his way to Town of Pines, Indiana.

There, he found another potential environmental disaster in his own backyard.

Read the full story.



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

1.Online returns contribute five billion pounds of waste to landfills annually
Link for the first story.

  1. Worldwide children’s health at risk from climate change
    Link for the second story.

  2. Insects with certain genes may be able to better survive climate change
    Link for the third story.


Nearly half of Indiana Superfund sites threatened by climate change effects

By Enrique Saenz

A federal report found that about half of the toxic Superfund sites found in Indiana may be impacted by flooding caused by climate change, potentially dispersing pollutants to nearby communities.

Read the full story.