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.
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On Air with IER: Episode 93
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.
ON AIR WITH IER: EPISODE 92
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.
ON AIR WITH IER: EPISODE 91
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.
ON AIR WITH IER: EPISODE 90
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.
ON AIR WITH IER: EPISODE 89
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.
ON AIR WITH IER: EPISODE 88
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.
ON AIR WITH IER: EPISODE 87
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.
ON AIR WITH IER: EPISODE 86
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.
ON AIR WITH IER: EPISODE 85
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.
ON AIR WITH IER: EPISODE 84
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.
ON AIR WITH IER: EPISODE 83
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.
ON AIR WITH IER: EPISODE 82
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.
ON AIR WITH IER: EPISODE 81
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.
ON AIR WITH IER: EPISODE 80
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.
ON AIR WITH IER: EPISODE 79
This week: The COVID-19 crisis is making more Hoosiers energy insecure, and Indiana lawmakers discuss a draft bill that could set the foundation for carbon offset trading in the state.
ON AIR WITH IER: EPISODE 78
This week: The new owners of several steel mills in Indiana promise a "greener and more socially responsible" future for the facilities, Gov. Eric Holcomb awards six environmental excellence awards and Congress holds a hearing about improving clean energy access and affordability.
ON AIR WITH IER: EPISODE 76
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.
ON AIR WITH IER: EPISODE 75
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.
On Air with IER: Episode 74
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?
On Air with IER: Episode 73
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.
On Air with IER: Episode 72
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.
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.
On Air with IER: Episode 70
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.
On Air with IER: Episode 69
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.
On Air with IER: Episode 68
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.
On Air with IER: Episode 67
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.
On Air with IER: Episode 66
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.
On Air with IER: Episode 65
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.
On Air with IER: Episode 64
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.
On Air with IER: Episode 63
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.