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: 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.
This week: A major electricity supplier in Indiana plans to retire two coal-fired units at its Petersburg Generating Station, and we take a look at what you can do to make sure your campfire fuel isn't helping spread invasive bugs.
This week: We take a look at why Indiana ranks 44th in the nation for new incidences of lung cancer, and the federal government makes a deal with a national cement company for alleged Clean Air Act violations.
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.
This week: After disastrous flooding, officials in Goshen, Indiana embark on a journey of climate change resilience, and a new online tool seeks to help communities prepare for climate change before it's too late.
This week: A pair of environmental advocacy groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to tighten national emissions standards for toxic pollution from steel mills, and an EPA proposal seeks to make it easier for farmers to spray pesticides but could endanger farmworkers.
This week: A new proposal from the EPA limiting the amount of lead and copper in drinking water could help ensure safer drinking water in schools, and NASA has made available nearly 20 years of satellite precipitation data that could improve the accuracy of climate and weather models in Indiana and around the world.
This week: Two midwestern environmental advocacy groups take the first step in suing the company that owns a steel mill in northwestern Indiana responsible for Clean Water Act violations, and the state of Indiana received a nearly half a billion dollar loan to improve water infrastructure projects in the state.
This week: A long-term Indiana University air pollution monitoring program will use a $5.9 million grant to measure the amount of PFAS chemicals in the Great Lakes, and a new book and movie chronicles the lawsuit that brought the toxic effect of those chemicals into the light.
This week: Hoosiers joined a global climate strike, and the EPA may rewrite a cross-state pollution rule after a court cracked down on open-ended compliance deadlines.
This week: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rolls back a 2015 rule that expands the definition of waterways protected by federal law, and the state of Indiana and 19 other states are backing up a federal air pollution law that may make air pollution worse.
This week: Lots of roll backs. The Trump administration rolls back a rule that would have made light bulbs more efficient, and the EPA rolls back limits on methane, a greenhouse has 25 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide.
This week: The town of Speedway is trying to find out who is dumping a large amount of industrial oil into the town's water supply, and a biofuel company says Big Oil's relationship with the Trump administration caused it to close a bioprocessing facility in Cloverdale, Indiana.
This week: We track a chemical release in the Little Calumet River, and we take a look at how changes to the Endangered Species Act could make it harder to protect vulnerable plants and animals.
This week: Community and environmental groups are suing the EPA for higher dust-lead standards, and environmental groups are concerned a Hoosier National Forest management plan may have a negative effect on the surrounding environment.
This Week: Air quality gains have slowed after two decades of improvement, and an app is helping beekeepers and growers check in on their bees without disturbing them.
This week: The U.S. EPA has chosen not to ban an Indiana-made pesticide linked to brain abnormalities and autism in children, and the state of Indiana has chosen the first round of proposals for Volkswagen settlement funding.