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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Environment - Still more on: Right to Farm Act prevails in Randolph County lawsuits

Updating the ILB posts from July 16th and 17th on Judge Vorhees' rulings in the Maxwell Farm lawsuits, Seth Slabaugh...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Environment - Comment period for EPA/Army Corps proposed rules to define ‘‘waters of the United States’’ ends Monday, July 21

Here is the 88-page proposal, which has this summary:The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 18, 2014

Environment - "DC Circuit upholds Obama's crackdown on mountaintop mining"

Last Friday Jeremy P. Jacobs and Manuel Quiñones reported for E&E in a long story beginning:A federal appeals court today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 18, 2014

Environment - "Rogers Group gains permit for proposed Americus quarry"

WLFI's Dan Klein reported July 16th:AMERICUS, Ind. (WLFI) — The Rogers Group, which hopes to build a quarry near Americus,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 18, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Environment - More on: Right to Farm Act prevails in Randolph County lawsuits

Updating the ILB post from yesterday, which included Judge Vorhees' ruling in Armstrong v. Maxwell Farms, three other similar orders...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Environment - Right to Farm Act prevails in Randolph County lawsuits

With much fanfare lawsuits were initiated in 2009 by "three high-powered trial lawyers who vow[ed] to make Randolph County 'ground...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ind. Decisions - "7th Circuit dismisses lawsuit to force action on carp"

Dan Egan reported yesterday for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a story that begins:A federal appeals court has dismissed a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Environment - "Swampbuster battle enters sixth year: Conversion of wetland to crop land at center of dispute"

Seth Slabaugh, Muncie Star-Press, reported July 11th in a long, detailed story that begins:YORKTOWN — A wetlands dispute between the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 14, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Environment - "3 cases could set key precedents for environmental lawsuits for injuries that have long latency periods"

This article yesterday by Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E, which discusses three cases the SCOTUS will hear next term, begins:A trend...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 11, 2014

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Environment - "Ordinance to stop Americus quarry approved"

Updating Monday's ILB post, Chris Morisse Vizza reports today in the Lafayette Journal Courier:A standing ovation greeted Tippecanoe County Commissioners...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Environment - "Court rejects Indiana company's attempt to avoid EPA cleanup"

From Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter, a story today that begins:Federal judges today rejected an electronic component maker's effort to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Monday, July 07, 2014

Environment - "Showdown looms over proposed Americus quarry"

Updating a long list of earlier ILB entries on the proposed Americus quarry in Tippecanoe County, Ron Wilkins has a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 07, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Environment - "United Water penalty money earmarked for entire state, not Gary"

This story by Teresa Auch Schultz of the Gary Post-Tribune is from June 16th. Some quotes:When United Water agreed last...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "EPA Letter of Rejection to the City of Evansville" [Updated]

From the Evansville City-County Observer, a link to:... the rejection letter from the EPA to the City of Evansville’s watered...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 23, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Environment - "Opponents hope bat, mussel can stop Illiana construction "

Updating this ILB post from June 13th, Carrie Napoleon of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today in a story that begins:A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Environment - More on "Quarry foes get help from commissioners"

Updating this ILB post from yesterday, Lafayette Journal Courier columnist Dave Bangert writes today under the headline: "Saviors or sneaks...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Environment - "Quarry foes get help from commissioners"

Updating earlier ILB entries, Ron Wilkins reports today in the Lafayette Journal Courier in a long story that begins:Rogers Group's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

Environment - "Judge OKs settlement in wood recycling suit"

Updating this ILB post from March 12th, Madeline Buckley of the South Bend Tribune reports:HAMMOND -- A federal judge on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 16, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

Environment - "Illiana highway ruling slowed by wildlife worries"

From a story in the Gary-Post Tribune, dated Thursday, that begins:PORTAGE — Federal approval for the Illiana Expressway toll road...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 13, 2014

Environment - "Kentucky, Indiana get head start on global warming regs"

James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier Journal reports today in a very long story:Judging by the howls of protests, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 13, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Environment - Still more on "No preemption for state statutes of repose"

Updating this post from earlier today, SCOTUSBlog now has a long opinion analysis by Robert Percival that concludes:The case’s impact...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Environment - More on the new carbon limits

Updating earlier ILB entries from June 5th and June 6th, the NYT had a long story June 6th headed "In...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Environment - More on "No preemption for state statutes of repose"

Updating this ILB post from yesterday on the SCOTUS decision in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger, Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E News,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Monday, June 09, 2014

Environment - "No preemption for state statutes of repose"

Amy Howe of SCOTUSBlog writes on today's opinion in a post that begins:In CTS Corp. v. Waldburger, the Court held...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 09, 2014

Friday, June 06, 2014

Environment - "EPA's McCabe begins carbon rule roadshow at home in Indiana"

That is the headline to this lengthy June 5th E&E EnergyWire story by Jeffrey Tomich that begins:INDIANAPOLIS -- Forty-eight hours...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 06, 2014

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Environment - "How Much Each State Has to Cut Carbon Emissions Under New EPA Regulations"

Governing has a good graphic in this June 4 article re "How Much Each State Has to Cut Carbon Emissions...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 05, 2014

Monday, June 02, 2014

Environment - "Indiana power plants set for pollution limits"

Maureen Groppe, Star Washington Bureau, has a lengthy story today on the new air requirements, accompanied by good graphics. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 02, 2014

Environment - Properly cleaning up a meth lab

The Brazil Times has this article, headed "IDEM clears the air on meth lab cleanups."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 02, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Environment - "Head of Miss. environmental agency to resign"

Fascinating public records story Wednesday by Emily Le Coz and Geoff Pender, of The Clarion-Ledger. Some quotes:Mississippi Department of Environmental...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 30, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Environment - "Why do American farmers need some of the strongest anti-whistleblower laws in the land?"

That is the heading to this long story by Josh Voorhees in Slate. A few quotes: Earlier this year, Idaho...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 18, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Environment - Rogers Group withdraws Americus quarry request for now

Updating this list of earlier ILB posts on the proposed stone quarry near Americus, Chris Morisse Vizza reports today in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Environment - "Indiana leads nation in coal ash ponds"

The ILB has a long list of earlier posts on coal ash, most recently re the massive February Duke coal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Courts - "SCOTUS says Indiana must comply with pollution limits"

Maureen Groppe of the Indianapolis Star Washington Bureau reports in a story that begins:WASHINGTON – Indiana and 27 other states...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Environment - "IDEM chief: Obama climate change plan bad for Hoosiers"

Lauri Harvey Keagle's story April 25th in the NWI Times began:HAMMOND | Indiana's top environmental official on Friday said the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 28, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Environment - "Victims of toxic water meet skepticism at SCOTUS"

That is the headline of this important story by Richard Wolf of USA Today. Some quotes from the long story:WASHINGTON...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Environment - "Federal Appeals Court upholds Obama EPA rule on toxic air emissions"

James Bruggers reported yesterday in the Louisville Courier Journal in a story that began:There is big news in the air...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Environment - More on "Don’t let legislators decriminalize poaching"

Updating this ILB post from Feb. 17, 2014, which quoted a letter to the editor in the Indianapolis Star, signed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ind. Law - Responsible Property Transfer Act repealed this session

The long-time (since 1996) Indiana Responsible Transfer Law was repealed this session, as part of HEA 1005, a bill concerning...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Environment - “I come from Indiana where people rely on coal,” said Janet McCabe

That is a quote from this story today in the LCJ by Gannett Washington reporter Maureen Groppe on Ms. McCabe's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Environment - More on "Senate to consider Hoosier Janet McCabe for top EPA post"

Updating this post from April 7th, here is the videocast of this morning's public hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Monday, April 07, 2014

Environment - "Senate to consider nominee Janet McCabe for top EPA post"

Laura Barron-Lopez wrote Friday in The Hill's Energy IssueWatch Newsletter:A Senate panel is set to consider President Obama’'s nominee for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 07, 2014

Friday, April 04, 2014

Environment - "Global warming comment sets off tempest at IDEM"

The Indianapolis Star has a story today by John Russell that begins:Keith Baugues is not a scientist, but that didn't...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 04, 2014

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Environment - More on: Mounds Lake reservoir plan opposed by environmental groups

Updating this lengthy March 10th ILB post, Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press has a long story today that begins:MUNCIE...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

Environment - "Ohio mulls fertilizer rule in Lake Erie algae fight"

An AP story in the FWJG today reports:TOLEDO – A new rule being considered by Ohio lawmakers would impact farmers...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 31, 2014

Environment - "Duke Energy seeks to keep records from North Carolina regulators and environmental groups"

The most recent post the ILB has on the massive Duke coal ash spill in North Carolina is this one...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 31, 2014

Environment - "Indiana Farm Bureau Pleased with Legislative Action"

This March 18th story by Gary Trruitt of Hoosier Ag Today talks about SB 111, the bill that "delayed for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 31, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

Environment - "Gov. Pence lets energy program expire without signing bill"

Here is Governor Pence's bill watch page; all the bills are now accounted for. There were no vetoes. As John...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 28, 2014

Environment - "Senators want to talk to BP as Indiana oil spill estimate grows"

Of course they are Illinois senators... Here is how the brief story in the Gary Post Tribune begins:Illinois’ U.S. senators...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 28, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Environment - Lake Co. surveyor won't give Illiana pass on environmental regulations"

Bill Dolan reports in today's NWI Times:CROWN POINT | Lake Surveyor Bill Emerson Jr. said Wednesday he will not relax...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Environment - How safe are Indiana above-ground storage tanks?

A March 11th story in the Muncie Star-Press, reported by Amy Olson Miller, looks at that question. After describing the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Environment - Tentative settlement reached in federal class action lawsuit against VIM Recycling in Elkhart

The most recent post the ILB has on VIM Recycling in Elkhart is one from May 30, 2012, reporting on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Environment - Mounds Lake reservoir plan opposed by environmental groups

The ILB first learned of the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir yesterday via this letter in the Indianapolis Star, signed by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 10, 2014

Environment - "Bigger hog pens create challenges for farmers"

From the March 9th Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, this AP story by M.L. Johnson....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 10, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Environment - "Coal Ash Spill Shows How a State Watchdog Was Defanged"

Updating this ILB post from Feb. 26th on the Duke coal ash spill in North Carolina, here are some quotes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 28, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Environment - Anti-Kiger Environmental Insurance Coverage Legislation defeated Thursday in Senate committee

Updating this post from Feb. 18th, and the follow-up the next day, at the Senate Insurance Committee meeting today, HB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 27, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Environment - The Duke coal ash spills in North Carolina and the West Virginia water contamination

While many have been focusing on the same-sex marriage issues, major environmental disasters have been happening in two eastern states...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Environment - AG Zoeller co-authors amicus brief challenging Chesapeake Bay cleanup

Although Attorney General Zoeller is concerned about Asian Carp in the Wabash, he is challenging a plan crafted by US...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Environment - "Wayne County might add manure rules"

Pam Tharp reports in the Richmond Palladium-Item:Wayne County planning officials got a green light Monday to move forward with new...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Environment - "Fish farm plans $30 million expansion: But neighbors raising a stink"

Seth Slaubaugh has this story in yesterday's Muncie Star-Press, it is reprinted in today's Indpls Star. Some quotes:ALBANY — Bell...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Environment - "Bill would eliminate Daniels’ clean-energy program"

From John Russell's IndyStar story last evening:Indiana’s flagship clean-energy program, launched by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels and hailed by environmentalists as...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Environment - "Right to farm" bill on its way to the Governor

Updating this post from Feb. 17th and this one from Jan. 28th, SB 186 is on its way to the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Environment - Senate committee chair kills "no more stringent" bill

The AP has a brief report here. For background on HB 1143, see this Feb. 10th ILB entry....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 24, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Environment - "No more stringent" bill - hearing set for Monday

"Groups unite against environmental rules bill" is the headline to this AP story by Rick Callahan. Some quotes:A coalition of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 20, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Environment - More on: Anti-Kiger Environmental Insurance Coverage Legislation to be considered Thursday in Senate committee

Updating this ILB post from last evening, the ILB has just learned that the Senate Insurance Committee hearing on HB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Environment - Anti-Kiger Environmental Insurance Coverage Legislation to be considered Thursday in Senate committee

HB 1241, which passed the House 57-36, will be heard in Senate Committee at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 20,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Environment - "Right to farm" bill close to passage

Rick Callahan's AP story Saturday begins:An agricultural bill that opponents warn would undermine Indiana residents' legal challenges against large livestock...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 17, 2014

Environment - "Don’t let legislators decriminalize poaching"

That is the headline to this letter that appeared Sunday in the Indianapolis Star, signed by Jeff Wells, President, Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 17, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Environment - "Hoosier to play key role in regulating climate change"

Maureen Groppe of the Gannett Washington Bureau has this lengthy story today on Janet McCabe, acting head of the Environmental...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 16, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Environment - "SB 186 would make it harder for local governments, state regulators and citizens to oppose giant CAFO operations such as the Steuben County site"

Updating this ILB post from Feb. 9, 2014, from an editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:Steuben County residents...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

Environment - "Indiana’s legacy of environmental stewardship is decidedly poor"

That is how an editorial in yesterday's Indianapolis Star (to which I can't find a link) begins. It continues:Most of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 10, 2014

Environment - "A bill that has passed the Indiana House would limit the environmental rules state officials could impose"

That would be the "no more stringent" bill, HE 1143, last mentioned in this Jan. 29th ILB post. More from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 10, 2014

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Environment - "Lake Gage group digs in after IDEM gives" industrial hog plant OK

Updating ILB entries from Aug. 2 and Aug. 16, 2013, along with this one from Nov. 18th, headed "Hog farm...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 09, 2014

Monday, February 03, 2014

Environment - "Department of Natural Resources OKs Americus stone quarry permit"

Updating this ILB post from July 24, 2013, titled "Environment - More on "More than 400 sign petition objecting to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 03, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Environment - "Bartholomew County neighbors oppose plan for county’s largest hog facility"

A $$ story today in the Columbus Republic, reported by Mark Webber, begins: PLANS for Bartholomew County’s largest-ever confined feeding...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Environment - "No more stringent" bill passes House, 68-28

Rick Callahan of the AP reports this evening in a story that begins:Indiana regulators would be barred from adopting environmental...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Environment - "Tully: At the Statehouse, protection for polluters" via "right to farm"

From Matthew Tully's Indianapolis Star column today:The state legislature is in session so you can assume, with confidence, that Indiana’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

Environment - Still more on "No more stringent" rules limitation effort back again

Updating this ILB post from Jan. 22nd, the Louisville Courier Journal today has a long op-ed from Jesse Kharbanda, executive...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 24, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Environment - More on "No more stringent" rules limitation effort back again

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 17th, which traced the "no more stringent" effort over the years, the Hoosier Environmental...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Environment - "Chemical Spill Muddies Picture in a State Wary of Regulations"

Sunday's NY Times has a long, front-page story reported by Trip Gabriel, Michael Wines, and Coral Davenport re the West...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 19, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

Environment - "No more stringent" rules limitation effort back again

Ray Steele of WIBC reports, with audio, in a story headed "Environmental Group Opposing New Bill on Regulations." Some quotes:An...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 17, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana high-fence hunting bill may advance"

Ryan Sabalow is reporting in IndyStar:Last year, the head of Indiana’s senate likened high-fence hunting preserves to dog fighting and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 16, 2014

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Ind. Law - "Ag Gag" bill is on a fast track, being heard in committee today

Today is the first day of the 2014 session and this year's version of the "ag gag" bill, SB 101,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Environment - Asian carp back on the front page

Well, on p. 10 of the NY Times today. Michael Wines' story includes a great photo plus a link to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Environment - 2013 Edition of Indiana Environmental Statutes now available!

This is the new, 2013 edition of the annual publication, the Indiana Environmental Statutes, that I edit and publish each...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Friday, December 27, 2013

Environment - "Indiana residents fight back against imported manure"

Updating a long list of earlier ILB entries on manure spreading and the plight of Grand Lake St. Mary in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 27, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Environment - "Gaps in State Law Allow Rural Indiana Couple to Suffer from Neighbors’ Outdoor Wood Boiler Use"

The ILB has a long list of entries, dating back to 2005, on the need to regulate outdoor wood-fired boilers...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Environmental - Revisitng the massive 2008 coal ash spill and what has happened since

Here is a long list of ILB entries on coal ash, most related to the massive TVA coal ash spill...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 22, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Environment - More on: President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

The same press release as cited here a few minutes ago announces the appointment of another Indianapolis resident, in this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 20, 2013

Environment - President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts [Updated]

From a White House press release dated Dec. 19th:WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 20, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Environment - "Producers should remember manure application rules"

A story in AgriNews Saturday began:WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The arrival of cold weather, snow and ice means Indiana’s livestock...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 15, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Environment - Three Indiana sites named to the National Priorities List

Updating this May 22nd ILB post, followed by this one from May 28th, both reporting on three Indiana sites that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Environment - 2013 Edition of Indiana Environmental Statutes now available!

This is the new, 2013 edition of the annual publication, the Indiana Environmental Statutes, that I edit and publish each...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Environment - "Indiana challenges to pollution rules go to court"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 8, see also this story from the same day by Maureen Groppe of Gannett's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Environment - This week, the SCOTUS will hear argument "on two joined cases, testing the federal government’s authority to require states to take action to prevent their air pollution from fouling the air in neighboring states"

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog has a very lengthy argument preview on the two cases re EME Homer City Generation that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 08, 2013

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Environment - "Mix of plans weighed for watersheds at Eagle Marsh"

Dan Stockman reports today for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette in a long story that begins:FORT WAYNE – Construction on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Environment - "In Fracking, Sand Is the New Gold: Energy Boom Fuels Demand for Key Ingredient Used in Drilling Wells; 100 Sand Mines in Wisconsin "

That is the headline to this long interesting article today in the $$ Wall Street Journal, reported by Alison Sider...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Environment - "Enbridge oil pipeline project in Ind. delayed"

Supplementing earlier ILB posts on Embridge, here is an AP story today that begins:GRIFFITH, Ind. (AP) — Enbridge Energy's $300...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Environment - "Federal farm bill takes aim at state animal welfare laws "

The Gary Post-Tribune has the lengthy AP story today (as does the LCJ), reported by Mary Clare Jalonick. Some quotes:WASHINGTON...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Environment - "The attack on Indiana’s environment"

That is the heading to Matt Tully's column today for the IndyStar. It is worth reading in full, and remarkably...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Environment - "Hog farm decision expected by end of year"

That is the headline to this $$ Sunday story by Jennifer Decker in the Kendallville KPC News. The teaser reads:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 18, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Environment - "Environmentalists oppose permit for 1,700 acre Indiana strip mine" in Gibson County

From the AP, this story, which appeared in the Nov. 13th Chesterton Tribune, begins: INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Two environmental groups...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 17, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Environment - "Obama's green energy drive comes with an unadvertised environmental cost"

Ethanol is much in the news today, due to an AP ethanol investigation, disclosing the unsurprising facts that the lure...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Friday, November 01, 2013

Environment - "Purdue University was involved in Nuclear Physics research during the Manhattan Project"

That is an interesting fact from the WS Journal's interactive feature, "Waste Lands: America's Forgotten Nuclear Legacy." Indiana has 8...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 01, 2013

Environment - 2013 Edition of Indiana Environmental Statutes now available!

This is the new, 2013 edition of the annual publication, the Indiana Environmental Statutes, that I edit and publish each...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 01, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Environment - "Uh-oh: Asian carp reproduce in Great Lakes watershed"

John Flesher's AP story in the Lafayette Courier Journal reports today:Scientists said Monday that they have, for the first time,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Courts - "Roberts Court Cloaks Activism in Complexity"

As is evident from this post earlier today, the SCOTUS decision to grant cert in the greenhouse gases case is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 17, 2013

Courts - "SCOTUS lets EPA’s climate authority stand, will review permitting question"

That headline is from this Washington Post blog post by Juliet Eilperin. The LA Times story yesterday, by David G....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Muncie car dealer cited for wetland violations

Updating this ILB entry from May 1st, Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press updates the story today, with a new...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Environmental Concerns Addressed Over Logjam Removal"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, here is the second part of a three-part story from StacyPageOnline, out of Kosciusko County, examining...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 10, 2013

Friday, October 04, 2013

Ind. Decisions - Stickdorn case "settles" - more about the settlement

The ILB has received more information about the Stickdorn settlement and has appended the information at the end of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 04, 2013

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Ind. Decisions - More on "Trial judge rules DNR overstepped in attempt to shut down high-fence deer hunting" [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Tim Evans, now joined by Ryan Sabalow, has a much longer story in today's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 03, 2013

Ind. Decisions - Stickdorn case "settles" ... [Updated 10/4/13] [Updated again on 10/4/13]

Here is an ILB post from nearly two years ago, Nov. 28, 2011:In Eric Stickdorn and Lisa Stickdorn v. Elam...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 03, 2013

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Environment - Acting USEPA air chief likely to be nominated by Obama to fill the vacancy

Environment & Energy Publishing on Monday had a lengthy story by Jason Plaautz about Janet McCabe, who headed the IDEM...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Environment - "Sink-hole terrain will challenge Bluegrass Pipeline developers"

Updating a long ILB list of earlier pipeline stories, James Bruggers has a lengthy story today in the Louisville Courier...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

Environment - "Fight Over Energy Finds a New Front in a Corner of Idaho"

Fascinating lengthy story in yesterday's NY Times, reported by Kirk Johnson, makes important point. Some quotes [ILB emphasis]:LAPWAI, Idaho —...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 27, 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Environment - "Lake Michigan water use regulations coming in 2014"

Lauri Harvey Keagle reports today in the NWI Times: PORTER | Users withdrawing water from the Lake Michigan basin may...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 22, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Environment - More on "Permit For Largest Surface Coal Mine in Eastern U.S. Invalidated"

Well, not exactly... Today at mid-morning the ILB posted a news release from the Sierra Club, commenting on, and linking...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Environment - "Permit For Largest Surface Coal Mine in Eastern U.S. Invalidated"

That is the heading of a news release today from the Sierra Club, reporting on a 21-page ruling dated Sept....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Environment - "Asian carp found in lake near Lake Michigan - 53 inches, 82 pounds"

Geez, it's bigger than my Golden Retriever! From a brief AP story in the Lafayette Journal Courier this afternoon:TRAVERSE CITY,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Environment - 2013 Edition of Indiana Environmental Statutes now available!

This is the new, 2013 edition of the annual publication, the Indiana Environmental Statutes, that I edit and publish each...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Environment - "Massive Molasses Spill Devastates Honolulu Marine Life"

This NPR story from this morning begins:"Everything down there is dead." That's one stunning quote from Hawaii News Now's latest...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Environment - Several recent river stories: Mercury limits for Ohio River; Cleaning the Grand Calumet; and Asian Carp in the Wabash

From the Louisville Courier Journal, a story by James Bruggers headed: "Ohio River commission may relax mercury pollution rules." Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 08, 2013

Friday, September 06, 2013

Environment - "Bluegrass Pipeline developers can't use eminent domain, Kentucky officials say"

James Bruggers reports in the Louisville Courier Journal:FRANKFORT, KY — The state’s top energy and environmental regulator said Thursday that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 06, 2013

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Environment - 2013 Edition of Indiana Environmental Statutes now available!

This is the new, 2013 edition of the annual publication, the Indiana Environmental Statutes, that I edit and publish each...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Environment - "Feds OK first portion of pipeline"

Gabrilelle Gonzalez reports in the LaPorte Herald Argus in a story that begins:La PORTE — Enbridge Energy received federal approval...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Environment - "Duke Energy reaches settlement with environmental groups"

Rick Callahan of the Associated Press reports in this August 31 story that begins:Duke Energy has agreed to quit burning...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

Environment - 2013 Edition of Indiana Environmental Statutes now available!

This is the new, 2013 edition of the annual publication, the Indiana Environmental Statutes, that I edit and publish each...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 30, 2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Environment - "New judge needed in CAFO suit"

Updating earlier ILB entries about YMCA Camp Tecumseh and the hog farm, Chris Morisse Vizza reported August 23rd in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 25, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ind. Decisions - "Judge splits verdict in EPA case against U.S. Steel"

Teresa Auch Schultz reports today in the Gary Post Tribune:The federal government can’t seek to fine U.S. Steel for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Environment - "Indiana seeks water use strategy"

Olivia Covington of The Statehouse File has this story in Nuvo:Indiana has one of the best water supplies in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Environment - "Camp Tecumseh asks court to stop hog operation: Lawsuit contends CAFO will interfere with camp's mission"

Updating a long list of earlier ILB entries on Camp Tecumseh, the one from July 1st headed "White County commissioners...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Environment - Still more on "Amid Pipeline Debate, Two Costly Cleanups Forever Change Towns"

Updating this ILB entry from August 16th, NPR's Diane Rehm Show today focuses on "The Aftermath Of Oil Spills In...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 19, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

Environment - "The problem is the state may not have enough rules governing CAFO operations"

That is how this editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette concludes. It begins:The prospect of a large industrial...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 16, 2013

Environment - More on "Amid Pipeline Debate, Two Costly Cleanups Forever Change Towns"

Updating this ILB entry from August 11th on the continuing problems relating to the Enbridge spill three years ago in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 16, 2013

Environment - "Options narrowed for Eagle Marsh carp plan"

Dan Stockman reported yesterday in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:Federal officials have narrowed their list of options for preventing Asian...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 16, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "IPL coal plant upgrades get OK by state regulators" but with a $10 million penalty

John Russell has this Aug. 14th Indianapolis Star story. It begins:Indianapolis Power & Light Co. has won state approval to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Environment - "Neighbors blame water woes on new well at Indianapolis cricket park"

Recalling recent stories about water wells drying up in Benton County from nearby crop irrigation, Jon Murray reports today for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Environment - "Amid Pipeline Debate, Two Costly Cleanups Forever Change Towns"

Supplementing a list of ILB entries on Enbridge Energy pipelines, Dan Frosch of the NY Times has a lengthy, powerful...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 11, 2013

Environment - More on: Groundwater "dries up in Benton County: Irrigator may be liable if town's residents have to dig deeper for water, state official says"

Updating this ILB entry from July 17th, Chris Morisse Vizza of the Lafayette Journal Courier reports today:TEMPLETON — The fortunes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 11, 2013

Friday, August 02, 2013

Environment - "IDEM to hold meeting on proposed 4,800-pig CAFO"

Jennifer Decker's August 1st subscription-only story in the Kendalville Herald Republican begins:ANGOLA — A proposed 4,800-head confined animal feeding operation...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 02, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

Environment - "Working to cut the carp: Wabash trip reinforces need for containment"

Attorney General Greg Zoeller has this long article in the July 29th Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Some quotes:Boating down the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 29, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Environment - "Power companies say solar panel systems are draining away their customers and profits" [Updated]

From a story July 26th in the NY Times, reported by Diane Cardwell:For years, power companies have watched warily as...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 28, 2013

Environment - "Pressure to produce meat is breeding unrest about concentrated animal operations"

Some quotes from a very lengthy Sunday story in the Lafayette Journal Courier, written by Chris Morisse Vizza:The pigs are...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 28, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Environment - "House panel wants deep cut in Great Lakes program"

John Flesher of the AP reports in a story that begins:TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. | Federal programs designed to make headway...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 25, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Environment - Groups protest "a proposed surface coal mine that would destroy more than 18 miles of streams near the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge"

From a news release that begins:INDIANAPOLIS -- The Sierra Club, Hoosier Environmental Council, and the Bloomington-based Conservation Law Center filed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Environment - More on "More than 400 sign petition objecting to gravel mine north of Americus" [Updated]

Updating this July 7th post, today the Lafayette Journal Courier has this long story by Justin L. Mack on last...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Ind. Decisions - Lawyers with troubles: “Causing grief to clients” = slapdown by judge

Rochester attorney Ted Waggoner posts today in his blog, Lawyers with Troubles, under the heading "Fee Shifting is no Reason...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 22, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

Environment - "Couple files lawsuit against Realtor after baby poisoned by lead paint"

Tim Evans reported late this morning at IndyStar - a few quotes:The lawsuit filed this week in Marion Superior Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 19, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Environment - Groundwater "dries up in Benton County: Irrigator may be liable if town's residents have to dig deeper for water, state official says"

Mikel Livingston reports today in the Lafayette Journal Courier, dateline Templeton:The trouble started Saturday, shortly after a neighboring farmer activated...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Environment - "Panel wants peregrine falcon off Indiana’s endangered list"

From an AP story today:INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The peregrine falcon moved a step closer to being removed from the state...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ind. Gov't - More on "State attorney general Zoeller on expedition for invasive Asian carp"

Updating this ILB post from July 14th, Ryan Sabalow now has a long IndyStar story on AG Zoeller's:... “working vacation,”...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

Environment - "Greens Fight New Tollway South of Chicago"

From Jack Bouboushian of Courthouse News Service, a long story this morning that begins:CHICAGO (CN) - A proposed toll road...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 15, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Ind. Gov't - "State attorney general Zoeller on expedition for invasive Asian carp" [Updated]

Some quotes from Maureen Hayden's report July 12th in the New Albany News & Tribune:[T]he danger the Asian carp pose...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 14, 2013

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Environment - New "Weed threat a potential 'train wreck'"

From a story today in the Lafayette Journal & Courier, reported by David Smith:A fast-spreading, herbicide-resistant weed with a villainous-sounding...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 13, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Environment - 7th Circuit rules on Indiana Right to Farm act, in nonprecedential opinion

The 4-page nonprecedential order is Ralph Dalzell v. Country View Farms. Some quotes:In 2005 Don Leis acquired agricultural property...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Environment - More on "State’s hand abets threats to environment"

That was the heading to this June 30th ILB post, quoting a Fort Wayne Journal Gazette editorial. Today the South...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 07, 2013

Environment - "Karst topography poses challenges for I-69 construction"

"Building I-69 through area’s limestone topography requires special procedures, which can be costly," is the sub-head to this story by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 07, 2013

Environment - "More than 400 sign petition objecting to gravel mine north of Americus"

Following on its coverage last week of Camp Tecumseh and the plan for a nearby hog farm, the Lafayette Journal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 07, 2013

Friday, July 05, 2013

Environment - "A federal judge tossed a lawsuit by a group of Dune Acres residents against the National Park Service’s efforts to restore Cowles Bog to its original state"

Updating earlier ILB entries on the Cowles Bog restoration in NW Indiana, Teresa Auch Schultz's story July 3rd in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 05, 2013

Monday, July 01, 2013

Environment - "State of Minnesota's law firm in 3M case disqualified"

Amazing story by Jim Anderson of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (H/T to ABA Blog) The long story begins:In a major setback...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 01, 2013

Environment - "White County commissioners OK request for large hog farm near Camp Tecumseh"

Updating this ILB entry from June 29th, Brian Wilson of the Lafayette Journal Courier reports today:MONTICELLO The White County commissioners...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 01, 2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Environment - "What are Satellite Manure Storage Lagoons?"

This story in Hoosier Ag Today explains that although the General Assembly passed a law in 2011 to require IDEM...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 30, 2013

Environment - "State’s hand abets threats to environment"

From an editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:Indiana’s environment has been taking a beating. News stories abound showing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 30, 2013

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Environment - More on "Camp Tecumseh operators oppose plan to build large hog operation" [Updated]

Picking up on this June 25th story by Chris Morisse Vizza in the Lafayette Journal Courier, the Indianapolis Star a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 29, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

Environment - More on: SCOTUS Koontz decision today may have significant impact here

On Tuesday the ILB made that observation in the headline to this post. Today the NY Times has an op-ed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 28, 2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Environment - More on "Indiana gives BP a pass on mercury"

Updating this ILB post from June 23rd, Ann Alexander writes (in part) in the NRDC blog "Switchboard" that:IDEM officials have...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Environment - "Camp Tecumseh operators oppose plan to build large hog operation"

From the Lafayette Journal Courier, a story today by Chris Morisse Vizza - some quotes:BROOKSTON — The competing interests of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Environment - "Indiana gives BP a pass on mercury"

Michael Hawthorne of the Chicago Tribune has this story today. Hawthorne and Gitte Laasby, then of the Gary Post-Tribune, covered...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 23, 2013

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Environment - " State threatens to mar beauty of pristine Indiana forest"

That is the headline of Matthew Tully's Indianapolis Star column, dated June 21st. Some quotes:Why in a state with a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 22, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Environment - Man keeps eagle in cage in his apartment

From the Greencastle JournalReview's brief story today: GREENCASTLE — Jeffrey Henry, 49, Greencastle, was issued a summons to appear in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Duke Energy's controversial $3.5B Edwardsport plant powers up"

Culminating this long list of ILB posts, Tony Cook of the Indianapolis Star has this story that begins:After years of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Environment - National Park Service to continue with Cowles Bog restoration

Upating earlier ILB entries, Teresa Auch Schultz reported June 7th in the Gary Post-Tribune:The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is moving...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 09, 2013

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Environment - "Great Lakes event seeks more data on Asian carp"

Justin Mack has the story today in the Lafayette Journal Courier. Some quotes:The annual gathering features a variety of daily...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Environment - Iron nuggets (pellets) plant back in the news, nine years later

This ILB entry from May 13, 2004 began:The "iron nuggets plant" issue - whether a plant to process iron ore...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 02, 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

Environment - IDEM issues water quality certification for Enbridge pipeline in NW Indiana [Updated]

Updating earlier ILB entries about replacement of the Enbridge pipeline in NW Indiana, Elvia Malagon of the NWI Times reported...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 31, 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Environment - "South Bend leaders consider allowing people to raise bees"

Yes! Urban chickens first, urban bees next! Kristin Bien reports today in the South Bend Tribune in a story that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 30, 2013

Environment - Still more on: Delaware County "Opposition to wind farm increases"

Updating this most recent ILB entry from May 22nd, Seth Slabaugh's story for the Muncie Star-Press this afternoon is headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Environment - "Walmart Pleads Guilty To Dumping Hazardous Waste, Will Pay $81 Million"

From the Huffington Post:SAN FRANCISCO -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges the company dumped hazardous waste...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Environment - "Steel firms in lawsuit over tainted soil: Each says it’s the other one’s job to pay for the cleanup"

From Rebecca S. Green of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, this Sunday story - some quotes: FORT WAYNE – For...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Environment - More on "EPA may add Indianapolis site to Superfund cleanup list"

Updating this ILB entry from May 22nd, where Beck’s Lake (former automotive and hazardous waste dump) in South Bend is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Environment - "Around the Great Lakes, they're playing to their strength - fresh water"

A long AP story, as published today in the Lafayette Journal Courier. It begins:MILWAUKEE — The U.S. Great Lakes hold...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Courts - Did Monsanto win the battle but lose the war?

Earlier this month Monsanto won its battle against an Indiana farmer when the SCOTUS ruled that the farmer was not...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Environment - "EPA may add Indianapolis site to Superfund cleanup list"

That is the headline to this story by Maureen Groppe of the Gannett Washington Bureau. Here is the detailed US...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Environment - More on: Delaware County "Opposition to wind farm increases"

Updating this ILB entry from May 13th, the Muncie Star-Press has an editorial today headed "All sides must be heard...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

Environment - More on "Opponents of fertilizer plant proposed for Rockport, Ind., cite Texas explosion"

Updating this ILB entry from May 15th: First, this is not the Posey County project from which Gov. Pence withdrew...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 20, 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Governor Pence Withdraws State Incentives for Midwest Fertilizer Company for Posey County Project

From a press release just received from the company: MIDWEST FERTILIZER STATEMENT ON INDIANA GOVERNOR’S ANNOUNCEMENT INDIANAPOLIS (May 17, 2013)...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 17, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Governor Pence Withdraws State Incentives for Midwest Fertilizer Company for Posey County Project

From a news release issued this noon:Indianapolis, IN - Following careful review, Governor Mike Pence announced today that Indiana has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 17, 2013

Environment - Still more on "Opponents of fertilizer plant proposed for Rockport, Ind., cite Texas explosion"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, here, thanks to beSpecific, is the 20-page, May 9, 2013 report of the Congressional...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 17, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Environment - More on "Opponents of fertilizer plant proposed for Rockport, Ind., cite Texas explosion"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Shalah Sasse of the Tristatehomepage.com reports on the public hearing yesterday here, with video....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 16, 2013

Environment - "To save endangered bats, Benton County wind farm might adjust turbines' speed, timing"

Rick Callahan of the AP reports:INDIANAPOLIS — The operators of Indiana’s largest wind farm are proposing changing the nighttime operations...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Not law - There is a lesson here!

"Two bald eagles in air battle crash-land at airport: Fighting eagles lock talons and are unable to disengage, but both...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Environment - "IDEM ruling temporarily halts South Bend home demolitions"

Erin Blasko of the South Bend Tribune reports in a story that begins:SOUTH BEND -- A ruling by the Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Environment - "Opponents of fertilizer plant proposed for Rockport, Ind., cite Texas explosion"

Eric Bradner reports in the Evansville Courier & Press on today's upcoming air permit hearing in Rockport. Some quotes:INDIANAPOLIS —...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Environment - Delaware County "Opposition to wind farm increases"

Seth Slabaugh's story today in the Muncie Star-Press includes:SELMA — Opposition to a possible wind farm in Delaware County is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 13, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

Environment - "How did the environment fare in the recently concluded session of the Indiana General Assembly?"

A few quotes from an editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:[Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 10, 2013

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Environment - "Weed control treatment begins at LaPorte's Pine Lake"

Matt Fritz reported in the LaPorte Herald Argus on May 2:La PORTE — The battle to control the onslaught of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 05, 2013

Ind. Decisions - More on "Court slaps down IDEM's plan to relax pollution rules at ethanol refineries"

Updating this ILB entry from May 1st, about the COA's April 30th decision in Natural Resources Defense Council v. Poet...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 05, 2013

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Ind. Decisions - "Court slaps down IDEM's plan to relax pollution rules at ethanol refineries"

Here is the updated version of Ryan Sabalow's IndyStar story on yesterday's Court of Appeals opinion in Natural Resources Defense...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Muncie car dealer cited for wetland violations

Seth Slabaugh reports in the Muncie Star-Press in a long story, with photo, that begins:YORKTOWN — The Indiana Department of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Ind. Decisions - Two important environmental decisions today from the Court of Appeals

Today is the last day of the month and the Court of Appeals released 25 opinions today, 10 of them...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Environment - Two federal "appeals court rulings go against coal industry"

James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier-Journal has posted this long story this evening. Be sure to go to the story,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Environment - "Chicago River becomes battleground test lab"

From the list of 2013 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, this story: "Deep Trouble: A High-Tech Hunt for Asian Carp"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 21, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Environment - " Delay and denial in Pines. A small Indiana town is stuck in a slow-motion cleanup of coal ash pollution."

From an April 8th story (including a 3-part audio) by Lewis Wallace of WBEZ 91.5, Chicago Public Media. The ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Environment - "The Fourth Circuit handed down a primer on CERCLA liability last week in PCS Nitrogen Inc. v. Ashley II of Charleston."

Thanks to @AppellateDaily for the heads up. Here is the story from Law & the Environment....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Environment - "Justices uphold EPA's policy on logging road runoff"; BP rewrites history

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter, wrote yesterday for Greenwire:The Supreme Court today upheld U.S. EPA's policy for regulating stormwater runoff...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Environment - National Pipeline Mapping System

beSpecific points to "the NPMS Public Map Viewer [, which] enables the user to view National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS)...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 03, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Environment - "Regulations aimed at keeping fertilizer, manure out of stream"

From yesterday's Lafayette Journal Courier, an article by Chris Morisse Vizza; some quotes:When farmers and fertilizer applicators head into fields...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 25, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Environment - Pipelines in the news this weekend: crude oil, tar sands, and natural gas

From the South Bend Tribune, this story by Lou Mumford on the Enbridge crude oil pipline, which cuts across northwest...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 17, 2013

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Environment - "Two companion bills addressing phosphorus pollution served as a bright spot amidst the environmental darkness"

That is a quote from an editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. More:Senate Bill 546, authored by Sen....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Environment - "Environmental protection? It gets cold reception in Statehouse"

So writes Dan Carpenter today in his Sunday Indianapolis Star column. Some quotes:Beverly Gard was not quite the darling of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 03, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Who’s protecting our right to know?" What is adequate public notice?

Here is Steve Key's column in the most recent issue of HSPA newsletter. Key is executive director and general...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Environment - Rights to hunt, fish, engage in agriculture, and to engage in traditional and modern farming and ranching practices, to be enshrined in Indiana Constitution?

On Dec. 2, 2012 the ILB posted an entry headed "How the NRA is larding state constitutions with frivolous, redundant...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 25, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Environment - "FREE WEBINAR for the public on concerning legislation for Indiana's environment THIS FRIDAY"

That is the header to an announcement from the Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC). More:HEC Launches First Webinar on Threats to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

Environment - "About a Dozen Environment Reporters Left at Top 5 U.S. Papers"

This story by Katherine Bagley, InsideClimate News, begins:The news last week that the New York Times is dismantling its environment...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 18, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Environment - "Birds at risk from growing wind power in Indiana: Indiana has avoided extensive bird kills, but lack of regulations may add to risk"

That is the headline to this front-page story by Bill McCleery in the Jan. 13, 2013 Indianapolis Star. The story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Environment - "What happens if the water in Lake Michigan keeps disappearing?"

The subhead to this lengthy, illustrated (and with audio) Jan. 7 report by Lewis Wallace of Chicago Public Media WBEZ91.4...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Rules of the new Environmental Rules Board

The new Indiana Environmental Rules Board commenced operations on January 1, 2013. It replaced the three long-time environmental boards, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Environment - "Head of state's environmental agency faces criticism for relationship with coal industry"

That is the headline of a story this morning in the Indianapolis Star, reported by Ryan Sabalow. Some quotes from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 03, 2013

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Bev Gard to head new Environmental Rules Board

The 2012 General Assembly abolished the Air, Water, and Waste Boards effective Dec. 31, 2012, replacing them with a single...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 27, 2012

Environment - Reminder: 2012 Edition of Indiana Environmental Statutes is available

This is the new, as of the Fall of 2012, edition of the annual publication, the Indiana Environmental Statutes, sponsored...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 27, 2012

Environment - "E.P.A. Chief to Step Down, With Climate Still Low Priority"

This long story on the NYT website, reported by John M. Broder, begins:Lisa P. Jackson is stepping down as administrator...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Environment - "Judge rejects Dune Acres residents' plea to stop NPS tree cutting"

Updating these earlier ILB entries from April 13, 2012 and May 11, 2012, Kevin Nevers reports Dec. 13th in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 20, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Environment - Still more on: Concerns in NW Indiana about Enbridge Energy Partners LP's aging Line 6B oil pipeline and its replacement

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 25th, Bowdeya Tweh reports in the NWI Times:LAPORTE | There may be a growing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Monday, December 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Where are the new "Environmental Rules Board" members?

The 2012 General Assembly passed a law, HEA 1002, that repealed the Air Pollution, Water Pollution, and Solid Waste Boards,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 03, 2012

Courts - SCOTUS to hear cases on water runoff this week

"High Court to decide how logging roads regulated " is the headline to this long AP story by Jeff Barnard...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 03, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

Environment - "Sandy Stirs Toxic-Site Worry"

Free today on the WSJ site, this story by Rob Barry, Dionne Searcey and John Carreyrou that begins:Hurricane Sandy's environmental...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 12, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Environment - "Couple drop bid for hog farm"

Aubrey Woods reported Nov. 9th in TribTown.com (Seymour/Jackson Co.) in a story that begins: Steadfast opposition from some nearby property...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Environment - "Indiana Steel & Wire proposes to crush its concrete floor slabs to pieces."

Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press has interesting details today about a lengthy, multimillion-dollar voluntary remediation of the former Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 28, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Environment - More on: Concerns in NW Indiana about Enbridge Energy Partners LP's aging Line 6B oil pipeline and its replacement

Updating this Oct. 14th ILB entry, the NY Times had an interesting article by Ian Austen, published Oct. 23rd, about...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 25, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Environment - "Gov. Edgar Whitcomb to sell 144-acre property to state"

My favorite story of the day, on the front page of this morning's Indianapolis Star, reported by Will Higgins and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 19, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Environment - "State acquires more land for Healthy Rivers project"

From a brief AP story:SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — The state of Indiana has acquired another 180 acres in southern Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Environment - Concerns in NW Indiana about Enbridge Energy Partners LP's aging Line 6B oil pipeline and its replacement

Lauri Harvey Keagle and Bowdeya Tweh have several stories and related materials in the Sunday NWI Times about the pipeline...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 14, 2012

Environment - "Indiana faces dilemma regulating huge, industrial CAFO animal farms: While backers hail their benefits, the state struggles to regulate operations that put thousands of animals under the same roof"

Ryan Sabalow and Alex Campbell of the Indianapolis Star report today on CAFOs. The Muncie Star-Press on Oct. 9th featured...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 14, 2012

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Environment - "IDEM recently offered to settle a 2½-year-old water pollution complaint against a pork producer for a penalty of $1,000 and the planting of 550 to 600 trees"

That is how a long story today in the Muncie Star-Press, reported by Seth Slabaugh, begins. More from the story,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Environment - Environmental outlook for Indiana continues to be dire no matter which major candidate is elected Governor

Stacey Stumpf, an editorial writer for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, has a long opinion piece today that begins:Environmental stewardship...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 07, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Environment - Martinsville groundwater contamination; now proposed by US EPA as Superfund site

ILB coverage of Martinsville's groundwater contamination dates back to 2004. Today the Indianapolis Star has a story by Ryan Sabalow...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 15, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Environment - "SPEA dean found safe after unlocked car was discovered idling in Indy parking lot"

Laura Lane of the Bloomington Herald-Times ($$$) reported on August 22nd:When police found John D. Graham’s silver 2012 Lincoln unlocked...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Environment - 2012 Edition of Indiana Environmental Statutes now available!

This is the new, 2012 edition of the annual publication, the Indiana Environmental Statutes, sponsored by the Environmental Law Section...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 24, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Environment - "Federal court tosses out interstate air pollution rule for power plants"

James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier Journal has coverage of yesterday's ruling. Some quotes:A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Environment - "Indiana Clean Water Act violations rising, seldom punished"

From the Sunday, August 20th Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, an article by Dan Stockman that begins:FORT WAYNE – Nearly three...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Environment - Two stories today about Kentucky coal mining

From today's NY Times, a long, front-page story headed: "Mine Plan Puts Two Kentucky Fixtures on Collision Course: A plan...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

Environment - 2012 Edition of Indiana Environmental Statutes now available!

This is the new, 2012 edition of the annual publication, the Indiana Environmental Statutes, sponsored by the Environmental Law Section...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 13, 2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Environment - "Man Charged for release of hazardous chemicals downtown"

From a brief WISHTV8 story dated August 7th:INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An Indianapolis man is facing charges for storing and disposing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 12, 2012

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Environment - "Cleanup needed at site of old Carmel grain bin: Harmful chemicals found at site"

David Barras has this report this evening at WISHTV8. Some quotes:CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) - A complicated cleanup is about to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Environment - "The plight of Grand Lake St. Marys should have served as a cautionary tale for Hoosiers about the need to protect the water quality in Indiana lakes"

That is a quote from the beginning of a long July 27th editorial in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. It...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 29, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Envrionment - "ArcelorMittal Settles Toxic Waste Challenge" [Updated]

From the news release issued July 20 by Save the Dunes:Valparaiso, Ind. -- Representing Save the Dunes and its members,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Environment - More on: "State tightens manure management rules"

For an introduction to the new requirements, see this July 9th article by Andy Bowman, Attorney, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

Environment - "State tightens manure management rules"

Hayleigh Colombo reported July 16th in a lengthy story the Lafayette Journal Courier:When rules for about 1,600 pig and cattle...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 23, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Environment - More on "Wis. Supreme Court to rule in factory farm case"

Updating this ILB entry from July 11th, the Washington Post reported the outcome later that same day in this AP...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Environment - "Asian carp could reach all five Great Lakes"

A quote from the AP story by John Flesher:The analysis, released by Canada's Fisheries and Oceans ministry after a 16-month...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 16, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Environment - "Wis. Supreme Court to rule in factory farm case"

This story by Dinesh Ramde of the AP appears on the Gary Post Tribune website. It begins:MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Monday, July 09, 2012

Environment - "Ethanol producers feeling pinched"

A lengthy article by Ameet Sachdev of Chicago Tribune looks at the problems affecting the producers. A sample:"There's a lot...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 09, 2012

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Environment - "Deep trouble? Carbon dioxide capture and storage may cause quakes"

That is the heading to this lengthy story by James Bruggers in today's Louisville Courier Journal....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 08, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Environment - "Save the Dunes wants IDEM to toughen NIPSCO's Bailly Station discharge permit"

That is the headline to a long story in yesterday's Chesterton Tribune, reported by Luke Nevers. It begins:Save the Dunes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Environment - "EPA wins big in court challenge on greenhouse gases"

Erica Martinson of Politico has the story here. It begins:In a surprisingly sweeping win for the Obama administration, a federal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Environment - "Man gets probation, home detention for decade of environmental violations in Michigan City"

Saarah Tompkins reported June 20th in the NWI Times in a story that begins:HAMMOND | The former superintendent of Michigan...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 24, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

Courts - More on yesterday's SCOTUS rulings [Updated]

Updating this ILB post from yesterday, Lyle Denniston, writing for SCOTUSblog, has an "opinion recap" on the cases (Hill and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 22, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Environment - "There is a lot of money being put into restoration and to do boots-on-the-ground type of work but very little to do monitoring and recording of data afterwards"

That is a quote from an interesting story reported by Lauri Harvey Keagle of the NWI Times. Some quotes:In 2007,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 18, 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Environment - "Hog farm expansion fought in Southern Indiana"

Here is today's story from Grace Schneider of the Louisville Courier-Journal; it begins:Indiana environmental officials could decide in the next...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 16, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

Environment - AG Zoeller concerned about Asian Carp in Indiana rivers, such as lower Wabash.

See the news release....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 11, 2012

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Environment - "Arkansas man accused of illegally selling live Asian carp in Michigan has been charged with 12 felony counts"

This AP story was in the Chesterton Tribune June 5th. A few quotes:TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An Arkansas man...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 09, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Environment - "The use of coal is declining because of new pollution rules and a surge in natural gas production"

A very long story today in the NY Times, written by Eric Lipton. Some quotes:[C]oal is in a corner. Across...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Environment - "Elkhart judge says VIM must pay disputed $150,000 fine"

The ILB has had a number of entries on VIM Recycling. Tim Vandenack of the Elkhart Truth reports today in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012

Environment - Still more on: "Biomass invades, threatens Southern Indiana"

Updating this ILB entry from May 13th, here is the 2nd of Linda Greene's 3-part series in the Bloomington Alternative...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 28, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

Environment - "Big error by IDEM"

That is the heading to this editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. It concludes:IDEM’s inexplicable approval of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 25, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Environment - More on: Settlement in air suit against BP Whiting

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, here is the Consent Decree in the U.S., et al., v. BP Products North America Inc....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Environment - Settlement in air suit against BP Whiting

Here is the headline to the detailed news release from US EPA: "BP Agrees to Add More Than $400 Million...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Environment - More on: "Biomass invades, threatens Southern Indiana"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 27, 2010, Linda Greene of The Bloomington Alternative has "the first of a three-part...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 13, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Environment - More on "National Park Service to restore Cowles Bog to former condition"

Updating this ILB entry from April 13, 2012, the May 10th Chesterton Tribune has a long guest commentary headed "NPS...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 11, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Environment - Angry Birds!

Chad Damp reported yesterday for WSBT South Bend on a pair of hawks that have made a nest over the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - IDEM submits draft construction/operating permit for Rockport Coal Gasification plant to US EPA for approval

Here is IDEM's 1,012-page draft PSD New Source Construction/Part 70 Operating Permit. You may access the entire document here, but...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Environment - "An Underground Fossil Forest Offers Clues on Climate Change"

W. Barksdale Maynard's long, fascinating story today in the weekly Science Section of the NY Times begins:In the clammy depths...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Environment - "Unwanted, invasive sea lampreys from the Great Lakes ... are protected in England."

"Great Lakes lamprey will be baked into a dish fit for a queen" is the headline to this story by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 27, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Environment - "Army Corps expands list of options for stopping Asian carp"

Here is the list, from an AP story in the Chesterton Tribune:The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has added three...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Environment - "EPA’s battle shifts from pollution to politics"

Here are a few quotes from a long story by Dina Cappiello of the AP, published today in the Gary...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Environment - "Indiana works to protect underwater treasures"

Joyce Russell of the NWI Times has two interesting stories today on Lake Michigan shipwrecks. The first, headlined above, begins:Under...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 15, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

Environment - "National Park Service to restore Cowles Bog to former condition"

Some quotes from a long, unsigned story in yesterday's Chesterton Tribune:A century ago, visitors to what is now the Dune...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 13, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Environment - A commentary on: Merger of pollution boards worries some

Updating this April 8th ILB entry, this morning the Indianapolis Star has an editorial headed "Sounding environmental alarms." Some quotes:In...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Environment - Merger of pollution boards worries some

Supplementing the commentary on HEA 1002 in a March 26th ILB post, a story by Rick Callahan of the AP...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 08, 2012

Ind. Decisions - More on "Ruling gives I-69 crews immediate access to Monroe County property to survey land for construction: Judge says tree-cutting ban presses INDOT to fell trees before April 1"

Supplementing this ILB entry from April 1st, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today has a story by Erich Schmwartzel that reports:The Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 08, 2012

Environment - "New Indiana livestock farm rules focus of meetings"

From a brief story in the Lafayette Journal Courier:The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has scheduled four open house-style meetings...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 08, 2012

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Environment - "Ohio River tops nation in pollution discharges"

So reports James Bruggers today in the Louisville Courier Journal. The long story begins:The Ohio River again leads the nation...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Environment - "Pennsylvania Federal Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Applies to Pig Farm Odor Claim"

An article posted by Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP (a NY firm) reports that:In its recent decision in Travelers...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Environment - Indiana makes advances in net metering

The Indianapolis Star today, in a lengthy story by John Russell, reports that:From 2010 to 2011, the number of Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 01, 2012

Ind. Decisions - "Ruling gives I-69 crews immediate access to Monroe County property to survey land for construction: Judge says tree-cutting ban presses INDOT to fell trees before April 1"

This story reported by Laura Lane appeared more than a week ago, March 24th, in the $$ Bloomington Herald-Times. It...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 01, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Environment - Still more on: Indiana Antidegradation Standards and Implementation Procedures

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, here is the March 9, 2012 letter US EPA Region 5 sent to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Environment - More on: Indiana Antidegradation Standards and Implementation Procedures

Updating this ILB entry from March 14, 2012, which references the history of the "long, long awaited antidegradation standards," the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 26, 2012

Environment - "North Carolina Rose Acre Farms clean-water debate goes to civil court"

The North Carolina News & Observer, in a story reported by Craig Jarvis, begins:A dispute over whether North Carolina environmental...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 26, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Ind. Decisions - Associational standing challenge fails, Court rules transfer improvidently granted

On March 15th the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corp., et al. v. Save the Valley, Inc.,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 24, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Environment - "Despite repeated losses in the Supreme Court, the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have yet to make any serious effort to delineate the scope of their regulatory jurisdiction."

That is a quote from this lengthy post by Jonathan H. Adler, headed "Thoughts on Sackett v. EPA," in The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Environment - "Supreme Court rules unanimously against EPA in enforcement case"

Updating this entry from earlier today on the SCOTUS decision today in Sackett v. EPA, Lawrence Hurley of Greenwire has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Environment - Decision in "SCOTUS takes up property rights dispute"

Updating earlier ILB entries, here is today's opinion in Sackett v. EPA. And here is Lyle Denniston's opinion recap at...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Environment - Indiana Antidegradation Standards and Implementation Procedures [Updated]

This afternoon the Indiana Water Pollution Control Board is considering final adoption of the long, long awaited antidegradation standards. Here...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Monday, March 05, 2012

Environment - Indiana University named a 2011 Tree Campus USA

That from an IU News press release today that begins:BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Arbor Day Foundation has named Indiana University...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 05, 2012

Environment - "Hazardous waste money to help fund roads"

From the Greencastle Banner-Graphic, this story that begins:INDIANAPOLIS -- Counties can now use a part of their hazardous waste disposal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 05, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

Environment - SCOTUS denies cert to Asian carp case

Here is the Feb. 27, 2012 order list. It is on p. 6: 11-541 MICHIGAN, ET AL. V. ARMY CORPS...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 27, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ind. Law - Still more on "Chilling CAFO lawsuits"

IC 32-30-6, Nuisance Actions, includes IC 32-30-6-9, commonly referred to as "freedom to farm" or "right to farm" language. This...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Environment - "IDEM cites I-69 project for erosion issues "

A number of papers have this AP story this weekend....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Environment - "Feds downgrade Michigan's Palisades nuclear plant over safety"

Here is the story, from the South Bend Tribune. The nuclear plant is located on Lake Michigan, near New Haven....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012

Environment - "Rural Bloomfield company specializing in 'meth lab' clean ups"

From the Greene County Daily World, a long story by Nick Schneider, Assistant Editor, looks at:A rural Bloomfield company --...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 10, 2012

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Environment - "Judges already citing Wal-Mart ruling in environmental cases"

Lawrence Hurley, E&E reporter, has the story. A sample:The case has been seized upon by corporate defendants in a wide...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit rules on: Superfund used to justify $28,000 bill to fight fire at couple's home

On March 23, 2010, the ILB had a long entry headed "Environment - More on: Superfund used to justify...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 02, 2012

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Environment - Fenced hunting dead; how about bill allowing silencers for hunters?

Sen. Long says canned hunting bill is dead— Niki Kelly (@nkellyatJG) February 1, 2012 Fenced hunting is dead for this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Environment - "Report proposes dividing Great Lakes, Mississippi"

A long AP story by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer, dated January 31, 2012, begins:TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Groups...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ind. Law - "Indiana does about-face on fenced hunting"

Updating earlier ILB entries from Jan. 25th and Jan. 27th on this session's canned hunting bill, HB 1265, Lesley Stedman...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ind. Law - "State joins 'green burial' movement"

The long story by Bob Scott of the Lafayette Journal and Courier, in the Indianapolis Star today, is sub-headed "Sites...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 29, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Environment - "Jobs vs. environment debate dominates hearing on coal gasification plant"

That is the headline to Thomas B. Langhorne's story in the Evansville Courier & Press on last evening's public hearing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ind. Law - Status of massive bill to eliminate commissions, boards, and committees, including environmental boards

HB 1002, about which the ILB had a lengthy entry on Jan. 21, 2012, has now been reprinted so that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Environment - "Still no new rules on odor, scum in lakes: IDEM is moving slowly, and the Legislature may not move at all"

A lengthy story today in the Muncie Star-Press by Seth Slabaugh. Some quotes:MUNCIE -- The Indiana Department of Environmental Management...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Environment - More on: Bill would abolish all environmental boards, replacing them with a "rules board" on July 1st

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 16th, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette published an editorial yesterday headed "Keep IDEM boards."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 21, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Environment - "States look for agreement on electrical transmission siting"

Jim Malewitz, Stateline staff writer, reports today in a story that begins:A committee of state and federal leaders is drawing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 20, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Environment - "Both the House and Senate are setting the stage for a spate of environmental bills"

That is a quote from this story in Indiana Living Green, dated Jan. 16th....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Environment - Bill would abolish all environmental boards, replacing them with a "rules board" on July 1st

SB 130 - here is the digest:Synopsis: Environmental board consolidation. Repeals certain statutes creating the following boards: (1) Air pollution...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 16, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Environment - More on pollution in Indiana

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 8th, citing an Indianapolis Star story headed "Is Bear Run coal mine putting Hoosiers...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Environment - More on "Supreme Court takes up property rights dispute"

Updating this ILB entry, apparently the oral argument yesterday went badly for the US EPA in Sackett v. EPA, a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Monday, January 09, 2012

Environment - "Triad Mining, Inc. Clean Water Act Settlement"

US EPA has announced a CWA settlement today with Triad Mining, including a civil penalty of $810,171. From the release:(Washington,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 09, 2012

Environment - More on "Supreme Court takes up property rights dispute"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 7, 2012, the NY Times has now published this editorial on this case about...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 09, 2012

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Environment - "Is Bear Run coal mine putting Hoosiers at risk?"

A very long and interesting story today by Heather Gillers, on the Sunday Indianapolis Star front page and continuing on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 08, 2012

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Environment - "Supreme Court takes up property rights dispute"

David G. Savage had this long story in the Jan. 3, 2012 edition of the Los Angeles Times. Some quotes:Next...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 07, 2012

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Environment - "Deadline nears for fertilizer rule comment"

Eric Weddle has the story in the Lafayette Journal Courier. Note that because the law has changed so that it...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 05, 2012

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Environment - "SB 184 – Unlawful Recording of Agricultural operations"

Masson's Blog points to SB 184 and writes:This appears to be an effort to prevent undercover videos of confined feeding...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Environment - "What to Do About Asian Carp? Great Lakes States Can’t Agree"

That is the headline to this comprehensive story by Monica Davey of the NY Times....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Environment - Reminder: 2011 Edition of Indiana Environmental Statutes available!

This is the new, 2011 edition of the annual publication, the Indiana Environmental Statutes, sponsored by the Environmental Law Section...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Environment - NY's highest court rules on how clean is clean

From the Dec. 15th NY Times, Mireya Navarro reports in a story headed "Court of Appeals Rules That State Can...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 17, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Environment - "Posey man opposing drilling under his land loses new round"

This dispute is still at the administrative stage. Thomas B. Langhorne reports today in the Evansville Courier & Press in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 12, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Environment - "The State keeps landowners on the hook for leaking underground fuel tanks"

From Thomas B. Langhorne's Dec. 11th lengthy and comprehensive story in the Evansville Courier & Press:Barring an extensive property-by-property records...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 11, 2011

Monday, December 05, 2011

Environment - "Report calls for study of national lakeshore boundaries"

Joyce Russell of the NWI Times reported this interesting story on Dec. 1st. Some quotes:It also is difficult to manage...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 05, 2011

Environment - The Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) and the Valparaiso-based Legal Environmental Aid Foundation (LEAF) merge

Here is the announcement from the HEC site. LEAF, a NW Indiana organization founded by Kim Ferraro, has made a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 05, 2011

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Law - "Learning Too Late of the Perils in Gas Well Leases"

The NY Times this week ran a long, useful article on oil and gas lease contracts. A few quotes:Americans have...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 03, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Environment - More on: Former IDEM Air Chief goes to Washington

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 29, 2009, here is a clip from The Hill's Oversight about a hearing taking...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Environment - Still more on "State Regulators, Environmentalists Eye Indiana Factory Farms"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 16th, this story by Andy Eubank in Hoosier Ag Today begins:Nobody is perfectly happy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 18, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Environment - "Izaak Walton League asks Little Cal commission to replace wetlands"

Lauri Harvey Keagle and Lu Ann Franklin have this story today in the NWI Times. It begins:MUNSTER | The Porter...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Environment - More on "State Regulators, Environmentalists Eye Indiana Factory Farms"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 4, 2011, the Fort Wayne Jounral Gazette today has an editorial headed "Crackdown on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Environment - Runoff harming Geist Reservoir

Bill McCleery has the story today in the Indianapolis Star. It links to a detailed report from the Environmental Law...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Monday, November 07, 2011

Environment - Leaking underground storage tanks a continuing problem in Indiana

Jeff Wiehe has a lengthy story today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, headed "Cleaning up leaky problem Decrepit storage...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 07, 2011

Friday, November 04, 2011

Environment - "State Regulators, Environmentalists Eye Indiana Factory Farms"

WRTV6's Joanna Massee had the story last evening - see the video. Some quotes:Indiana state regulators are looking to tighten...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 04, 2011

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Outdoor burning has neighbors at odds, city laws in question"

Here is an interesting story from WISH TV's Debbie Knox that aired Tuesday. Some quotes:An Indianapolis woman is taking on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 03, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Environment - "Michigan will again ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its arguments on Asian carp"

From the story by Tina Lam of the Detroit Free Press:The other states involved in the appeal are Minnesota, Ohio,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Environment - Don't read while eating ...

Steve Zabroski reports today in the NWI Times in a story that begins:GARY | A plan to turn collected food...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 17, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Environment - "Biomass plans withdrawn for Milltown, Scottsburg"

Updating earlier ILB entries on biomass plants, Grace Schneider reports in the Louisville Courier Journal today in a long story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 13, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Environment - Reminder: 2011 Edition of Indiana Environmental Statutes now available!

This is the new, 2011 edition of the annual publication, the Indiana Environmental Statutes, sponsored by the Environmental Law Section...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 10, 2011

Friday, October 07, 2011

Environment - "The Muncie Parks Department's efforts to save money by burning tree waste backfired on Tuesday"

So reports Seth Slabaugh in the Muncie Star-Press earlier this week. More from the long story:Smoke from the fire along...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 07, 2011

Ind. Court - Asphalt plant lawsuit and statute of limitations issue

Interesting story yesterday by David A. Mann of the Jeffersonville News and Tribune. Some quotes:JEFFERSONVILLE — Motions for summary judgment,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 07, 2011

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Environment - Still more on "Peppermint farmers from LaPorte, Starke and Pulaski counties just want to be left alone to grow mint and distill its oil"

As reported near the end of this Sept. 5, 2011 ILB entry:USEPA brought criminal charges against the farmer who allegedly...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 06, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Environment - "Invasive species, other issues at center of presentations for lawmakers, officials"

Bowdeya Tweh reports today in the NWI Times on the legislative Environmental Quality Service Council's meeting held Thursday in Portage....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 30, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Environment - "Homeowners say Wisconsin law favors big farms over them"

That is the headline to a long AP story yesterday by Dinesh Ramde of the AP. A few quotes:MAGNOLIA, Wis....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Environment - How clean is clean in Illinois? And Indiana

Talking about dirt here. "Debating the Cleanliness of Dirt" is the headline of this lengthy story dated Sept. 23rd by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 25, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Environment - St. Joe Co. to IDEM: Enforce law at egg farm; Pick of the Chick accused of violating Clean Water Act

This March 5, 2009 ILB entry was headed "Pick of the Chick in the news again," and includes references two...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Environment - "NWI Community Is Torn Over Expansion of Oil Refinery"; New Haven neighbors protest wire plant

Long, important story by Kari Lydersen of the NY Times, published Sept. 15th, re the BP refinery in Whiting that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Environment - "IU to take lead in DOE-funded Lake Erie offshore wind study"

From the news release:BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington Professors Rebecca J. Barthelmie and Sara C. Pryor, along with colleagues...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 15, 2011

Friday, September 09, 2011

Environment - More on "Experts chart potential Great Lakes invasion routes for Asian carp"

Commenting on the ILB item posted earlier today, David Pippen, general counsel to Gov. Daniels, sent this note:Re Eagle Marsh:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 09, 2011

Environment - "Experts chart potential Great Lakes invasion routes for Asian carp"

From the Sept. 2, 2011 Chesterton Tribune, via AP, a long story that begins:TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Not quite...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 09, 2011

Monday, September 05, 2011

Environment - More on "Peppermint farmers from LaPorte, Starke and Pulaski counties just want to be left alone to grow mint and distill its oil"

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 1, the ILB has looked a little further into the issue. Last year the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 05, 2011

Friday, September 02, 2011

Environment - "Egg farms rack up violations: FDA finds unsanitary conditions, keeps key data secret"

Exhaustive investigative report by Clark Kauffman of The Des Moines Register. It begins:One year after 1,900 people were sickened and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 02, 2011

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Environment - 6 Great Lakes States make bid to split Great Lakes, Mississippi

John Flesher of the AP reports, in a story that appears here in the Gary Post-Tribune, and begins:TRAVERSE CITY, Mich....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 01, 2011

Environment - "Peppermint farmers from LaPorte, Starke and Pulaski counties just want to be left alone to grow mint and distill its oil"

Dan Carden's story in the NWI Times continues:That no longer may be possible, said state Rep. Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, who...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 01, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Environment - "Coal plant rules set off battle: Power industry warns of economic impact; environmentalists tout benefits"

Maureen Groppe, the Indianapolis Star Washington Bureau, reported yesterday in a story that begins:WASHINGTON -- Hoosiers could face higher electric...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 29, 2011

Environment - Reminder: 2011 Edition of Indiana Environmental Statutes now available!

This is the new, 2011 edition of the annual publication, the Indiana Environmental Statutes, sponsored by the Environmental Law Section...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 29, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Environment - "Fish threat spurs call to reverse Chicago River again"

A long and comprehensive story today by AP writer Tammy Webber. It begins:CHICAGO — The city was in a predicament....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 19, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Environment - More on "Purdue poised to cancel coal-fired power plant"

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 4, 2011, the Sunday Lafayette Courier & Press has a lengthy feature by Eric...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 14, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Environment - New Haven copper plant plans gathering opposition

Some quotes from a long story today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, reported by Vivian Sade:Some neighbors of a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 13, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

Environment - Couple who bought the farm after the fact held not responsible for the $197,000 clean up at the Muncie Sow unit in Delaware County

The ILB had several entries in May of 2009 and a followup in early 2010 on the question of "Who...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 12, 2011

Courts - "E.P.A. Bans Sale of Tree-Killing Herbicide, Imprelis"

Updating three earlier ILB entries, today Jim Robbins of the NY Times reports in a story that begins:The Environmental Protection...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 12, 2011

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Environment - 2011 Edition of Indiana Environmental Statutes now available!

This is the new, 2011 edition of the annual publication, the Indiana Environmental Statutes, sponsored by the Environmental Law Section...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Ind. Gov. - State settles 1998 "federal lawsuit accusing the DNR of violating the federal Clean Water Act, with the state paying $8.5 million, in part, to clean up a mess"

Rebecca S. Green has the story today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Some quotes:More than a dozen years after...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 06, 2011

Friday, August 05, 2011

Environment - 2011 Edition of Indiana Environmental Statutes now available!

This is the new, 2011 edition of the annual publication, the Indiana Environmental Statutes, sponsored by the Environmental Law Section...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 05, 2011

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Environment - "Environmentalists sue to block I-69 construction over caves and wetlands"

From the Bloomington Herald-Times, Rebecca Troyer reports:Landowners affected by the I-69 project, Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads and the I-69...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Monday, August 01, 2011

Environment - "Plant managers try to fight off invasive species"

Interesting AP story from Columbus IN by Brian Sanders. It begins:Never send a bug to do a man’s job. That’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 01, 2011

Environment - "Push for rules rises as megafarms decline: Green groups worry about water supply"

Angela Mapes Turner has this long, informative story today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette that begins:Indiana’s megafarm industry fared...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 01, 2011

Ind. Law - More on: "Indiana utilities ordered to alter tree trimming practices, improve customer involvement "

Updating these earlier ILB entries (note the dates):Ind. Law - "Indiana utilities ordered to alter tree trimming practices, improve customer...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 01, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Ind. Law - "2011 Indiana Environmental Statutes" available next week

The 2011 edition of the Indiana Environmental Statutes, sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of the ISBA, is on its...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 29, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Courts - Still more on "Pennsylvania Homeowner and Indiana Golf Course Company File Class Action Lawsuit Alleging DuPont's New Herbicide Imprelis is Causing the Death of Trees Nationwide"

"DuPont admits new herbicide has damaged spruce, pine trees," is the headline to this long story this morning from DelawareOnline....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Courts - "Court says states may set stricter ballast rules" than the federal rules

A July 25th story by Dan Egan in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that begins:A push by the shipping industry to roll...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Environment - "Endangered Indiana beaches"

Some of you may remember the beginnings of a nationwide push for clean water, one that was spurred on in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 17, 2011

Friday, July 08, 2011

Environment - More on "'Dr. Beach' picks top 5 Great Lakes beaches; Indiana Dunes not mentioned"

Perhaps explaining the beautiful Indiana National Lake's omission from Dr. Beach's selections is this story today in the Gary Post...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 08, 2011

Environment - Closing Lake Michigan to Asian carp could harm Indiana business

That is the gist of this AP story today in the NWI Times....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 08, 2011

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Environment - "'Dr. Beach' picks top 5 Great Lakes beaches; Indiana Dunes not mentioned"

See the story in the Chesterton Tribune. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula gets top score....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Environment - "Great Lakes May Beat Atlantic To Offshore Wind"

That is the headline to this story today by Jeff St. Clair of NPR's All Things Considered, but the report...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Courts - "New Jersey Supreme Court Will Hear Fourth Amendment Case Involving Supposed 'Administrative Search' of a Family’s Back Yard"

This entry in The Volokh Conspiracy, by Prof. Volokh, really is interesting and the ILB will try to follow any...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 18, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Environment - "Purdue Libraries digitize 'Indiana Farmer' issues"

This is cool. WTRH is reporting:WEST LAFAYETTE - A project that's digitized an early Indiana farming publication is giving researchers...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Monday, June 06, 2011

Environment - "Supreme Court Declines to Take GE Challenge of Superfund"

Lawrence Hurley reports on the NY Times website today in a story that begins:The Supreme Court decided today not to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 06, 2011

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Environment - "IDEM to set E. coli load limit for White River"

Seth Slabaugh reported June 2nd in the Muncie Star-Press in a long story that begins:MUNCIE -- The state of Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 04, 2011

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Environment - More on "Attica pollution lawsuit gains class action status"

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 29, 2010, Crain's Chicago Business reported on May 24th in a story by Kate...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 02, 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Environment - "State forest trees are sold for logging: Group trying to save 1,300-plus specimens, thought to be protected"

From a May 27th story by Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star:More than 1,300 trees that environmentalists thought had...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Environment - "New IDEM rule forbids summer use of some outdoor wood boilers"

On March 2nd, after years of study and discussion, the Indiana air pollution control board enacted a rule regulating outdoor...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 14, 2011

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "Fox and coyote penning should be banned"

Updating this ILB entry from May 8th, Nick Schneider, Assistant Editor of the Greene County Daily World reported yesterday in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 12, 2011

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Fox and coyote penning should be banned"

Updating this ILB entry from May 1st, an Indianapolis Star editorial from May 7th concludes:Hoosiers can comment on the proposed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 08, 2011

Environment - "Group worries about wind farms' effect on Indiana bat"

Amanda Hamon of the Lafayette Journal Courier reported May 7th in a story that begins:Noise, health concerns, unsightliness -- all...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 08, 2011

Friday, May 06, 2011

Environment - More on "Indiana Dunes to restrict access to Mt. Baldy"

Updating this April 26, 2011 entry, Michael Puente has coverage at WBEZ.com. Some quotes:During a meeting at City Hall in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 06, 2011

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "NWI legislator hopes to halt fox, coyote penning with new law"

However, no legislation passed. Updating this lengthy ILB entry from Nov. 30, 2010, Skip Hess, outdoor columnist for the Indianapolis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 01, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Environment - "Indiana Dunes to restrict access to Mt. Baldy"

Climbing Mt. Baldy was a rite of passage in my youth, but this is probably a good idea. See the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Environment - "Richard J. Lazarus appointed Professor of Law at Harvard"

From the news release:Richard J. Lazarus ’79, one of the nation’s foremost experts on environmental law and also a leading...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 23, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Environment - Still more on: "U.S. moving forward with lake evictions: 2 homes still occupied despite repeated extensions, threats"

Updating this ILB entry from April 15, 2011, Teresa Auch Schultz now reports in the Gary Post-Tribune:U.S. Marshals have been...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Courts - Indiana Attorney General and Harvard's Laurence Tribe in agreement

Both have written opinion pieces on the upcoming argument before the SCOTUS in the case of American Electric Power Co....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 18, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Environment - "Flood closures have cost Horseshoe casino an estimated $14.7 million"

Grace Schneider of the Louisville Courier Journal has this long story this weekend. It begins:As the Ohio River swelled out...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana lawmakers push voluntary renewable standards"

That is the headline of the AP story being carried today by Indy Ch. 6 and Ch. 13. The Ch....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 17, 2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Environment - "G.O.P. Push in States to Deregulate Environment"

That is the headline to this long NY Times story today by Leslie Kaufman. Some quotes:Weeks after he was sworn...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 16, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

Environment - More on: "U.S. moving forward with lake evictions: 2 homes still occupied despite repeated extensions, threats"

The feds continue to have trouble with an eviction at the Dunes National Lakeshore. Updating this ILB entry from Jan....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 15, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Law - "Livestock Farms Could Be Off Limits To Photos"

Heard this story this morning on NPR's Morning Edition. The intro:Animal rights activists have secretly filmed the inner workings of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Environment - "Looking for policy assistance, legislature turns to IU student"

IU News Room sent out this release this morning. Some quotes:Indiana University student Liz Baldwin likes to use what she...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Environment - "The winds of change may be coming to Northwest Indiana"

Updating this ILB entry from March 27th, see this story today in the NWI Times, reported by Melanie Csepiga, headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Environment - More on: "Wind turbines can bring financial windfall"

ILB entries from Aug. 9 and Nov. 2, 2010 told the story of hopes raised and dashed in Lake County...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Courts - "Supreme Court Decides -- Narrowly -- Against Hearing Enviro Search Case"

The NY Times, March 21st, had a report by Lawrence Hurley of Greenwire about an important environmental issue. From the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Environment - "Catfish regs face debate in Indiana"

From Phil Potter's column in the Sunday Evansville Courier & Press, this sample:Recent conservation emphasis has encouraged catching and releasing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 21, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Environment - More on "Unregulated Factory Farm Air Pollution at Some Sites Now Dirtier than America's Most Polluted Cities"

Updating this ILB entry from March 12th, here are some quotes from an editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 19, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

Environment - 5th Circuit rules EPA cannot require livestock operations to obtain Clean Water Act permits unless they are discharging manure into a waterway of the U.S.

The decision is Natl Pork Producers, et al v. EPA. Access the 29-page, March 15, 2011 opinion here. Here...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 18, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Environment - "Unregulated Factory Farm Air Pollution at Some Sites Now Dirtier than America's Most Polluted Cities" [Updated]

Some may remember this ILB entry from Jan. 31, 2006, quoting a NYT story that began:WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (AP) —...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 12, 2011

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Environment - Congrats to Gary Post-Tribune reporter Gitte Laasby

But a huge loss to the Post-Tribune and to the NW Indiana environmental community. Laasby wrote in an email today:I...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Environment - More on "Asian carp seized, U.S. firm fined"

Updating this post from earlier today, AP is reporting it was "the owner of Sweetwater Springs Fish Farm of Peru,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Environment - "Asian carp seized, U.S. firm fined"

An odd story today in the Toronto Sun about an "Indiana company caught bringing live Asian carp into Canada." A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Environment - More on: Wood-fired outdoor boilers rule up for final adoption Wed. by the Indiana APCB

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 27, 2011 and this long list of entries dating back to 2005, Eric Weddle...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 03, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Environment - Wood-fired outdoor boilers rule up for final adoption Wed. by the Indiana APCB [Updated]

Five years in the making, a rule to regulate the use of wood-fired outdoor boilers is up for final adoption...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 27, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Environment - "Eli Lilly emitting high levels of pollutants, federal lawsuit alleges" [Updated]

Scott Olson has this story in the IBJ. It begins:Eli Lilly and Co. could pay millions of dollars in fines...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 25, 2011

Environment - "Clinton: More Ethanol Could Spark Food Riots"

A story by Mary Clare Jalonick of the AP begins:WASHINGTON -- With global food prices rising and more corn being...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 25, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

Ind. Decisions - "Landlords face contempt ruling on house's lead cleanup"

Mark Wilson reports today in the Evansville Courier & Press:In a first-of-its-kind ruling, a judge has ordered the landlords of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 21, 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Environment - "From homes to vehicles, meth labs can call just about anywhere home"

Lisa Trigg's informative story today in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star begins:TERRE HAUTE — Clandestine drug labs can be found anywhere...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 20, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Environment - More on "Supreme Court's Murky Clean Water Act Ruling Created Legal Quagmire"

Updating this Feb. 7th ILB entry, here is the second in a three-part NYT series on muddled federal wetland regulations....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 11, 2011

Monday, February 07, 2011

Environment - "Supreme Court's Murky Clean Water Act Ruling Created Legal Quagmire" [Updated]

This long story by Lawrence Hurley, the first of a valuable 3-part series in the NY Times "on muddled federal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 07, 2011

Environment - "Hearing Tuesday for manure storage bill"

The Richmond Palladium-Item reports today:A bill that would regulate the on-ground storage of manure in Indiana will get a hearing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 07, 2011

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Local Gov't. - "Lake County's waste inspires move for statewide trash agency reforms"

A very long story today in the NWI Times, reported by Marc Chase, begins:An inflated director's salary, bloated budget and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 06, 2011

Friday, February 04, 2011

Environment - More on "Is the Gary Sanitary District turning Lake Michigan into sewer? "

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 30th, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an editorial today titled "Great Lakes sewer."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 04, 2011

Environment - "Purdue poised to cancel coal-fired power plant"

From a Nov. 17, 2010 ILB entry quoting a Fort Wayne Journal Gazette editorial headed "Purdue has power to change...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 04, 2011

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Wood-fired boiler rules postponed till March "

A story by Gitte Laasby in today's Gary Post Tribune begins:State officials were scheduled to adopt Indiana’s first state-wide rules...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Environment - "Is the Gary Sanitary District turning Lake Michigan into sewer? "

A lengthy story today in the Gary Post Tribune, reported by Gitte Laasby. Some quotes:GARY -- Over the past three...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 30, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Environment - "The environmental disaster at Ohio’s Grand Lake St. Marys justifies reasonable restrictions on Indiana’s large confined animal operations and the manure the agricultural operations create"

That is how an editorial from yesterday's Fort Wayne Journal Gazette begins. It continues:State leaders have crafted a number of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Environment - APCB to consider final adoption of rule to regulate outdoor wood-fired boilers

Updating a very long list of ILB entries, extending back at least five years, on outdoor wood-fired boilers and the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 16, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Environment - "U.S. moving forward with lake evictions: 2 homes still occupied despite repeated extensions, threats"

From the Jan. 12, 2011 Gary Post Tribune, a story by Teresa Auch Schultz that begins:U.S. prosecutors are moving forward...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 14, 2011

Environment - Two NIPSCO stories yesterday

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post Tribune reported: From a story headed "Disputed electric rate hike dropped: Utility to pursue...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 14, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ind. Gov't. - "Lawsuit threatened over Vissing Park work in Jeffersonville"

David Mann reported Jan. 10th in the Jeffersonville News & Tribune in a long story that begins:City officials have been...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Environment - More on "New Ohio Gov. Kasich names heads of Ohio EPA"

Updating these two ILB entries from the end of December, Spencer Hunt of the Columbus Ohio Dispatch reports today in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 10, 2011

Friday, December 31, 2010

Environment - "Ohio gov.-elect eyes gas riches of Marcellus Shale"

Following up on yesterday's ILB entry re the new Ohio governor's naming of an IDEM official to head the Ohio...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 31, 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Environment - "Kasich names heads of state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Agency"

Aaron Marshall of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has the story. Some quotes:COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio is open for business. That...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 30, 2010

Environment - In New York, new rules curb dirty wood-fired boilers

The subhead to this Dec. 23, 2010 story in the Albany Times Union read: "New rules curb dirty wood-fired boilers."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Environment - Gas station UST leak renders house in Hobart uninhabitable

The Gary Post Tribune today has several feature stories by Gitte Laasby about leaking underground storage tanks. The lengthy main...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 19, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Environment - "Fertilizer handlers need certification"

The Brazil Times reported Dec. 16th:WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Those hired to apply, handle or transport fertilizer for agriculture purposes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 18, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Environment - "EPA Document Shows It Knowingly Allowed Pesticide That Kills Honey Bees"

Ariel Schwartz of Fast Company has the story here, along with links to the documents....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Environment - "Two Gary sewage plant employees charged with fudging tests"

Teresa Auch Schultz and Jon Seidel of the Gary Post-Tribune had a very long story Dec. 9th that began:United Water...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 10, 2010

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Environment - "States' Bid to Block Asian Carp Migration to Great Lakes Rejected by Federal District Court in Chicago""

Andrew M. Harris of Bloomberg News reported Dec. 2, 2010 in a story that began:A federal court denied a request...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 04, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "NWI legislator hopes to halt fox, coyote penning with new law"

Kathleen Quillligan of the NWI Times has this story today that begins:A Northwest Indiana lawmaker is working on legislation to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Environment - "Indiana lagging on renewable energy plan: Illinois, Michigan standards help attract investment

That was the headline to this Nov. 26th Gary Post-Tribune story by Gitte Laasby. Some quotes:When it comes to renewable...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 29, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Environment - More on: Asian Carp; the Indiana Dunes; and Lake County Trash

Asian Carp. From John Flasher of the AP, a lengthy story in the Louisville Courier Journal on the potential danger...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Environment - "Biomass invades, threatens Southern Indiana"

The ILB has had many entries on the proposed biomass projects in Scottsburg and Crawford County. A long article in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Environment - Still more on: Ohio agricultural waste, dumped in Indiana

Rick Callahan of the AP reported today, in a story, dateline Winchester IN, available in both The Seattle Times and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 26, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Environment - "Overhaul of fuzzy pollution rules stalls"

That would be the development of antidegradation rules. The ILB has had a number of entries on this issue, including...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Environment - "Mercury plagues Indiana"

From a report by Joseph Picard in the Nov. 17th International Business Times:Indiana has over 30 coal-burning power plants. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Environment - The end of Ethanol?

Jonathan H. Adler has this entry in The Volokh Conspiracy that begins:Maybe it’s the new mood in Congress. Maybe the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Environment - More on: Ohio agricultural waste, dumped in Indiana

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 16th, Tom Bechman of The Prairie Farmer reported on Nov. 22nd:Rumors of Ohio livestock...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Environment - Seminar on the History of Indiana Environmental Law

An interesting seminar is coming up on Thursday, December 2nd, from 1:00 - 4:30 pm. 3.0 hours CLE. Registration form...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Environment - More on: "College Campuses Continue to Leave Coal Behind"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 12, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette yesterday had this editorial headed "Purdue has power...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Environment - Ohio agriucultural waste, dumped in Indiana

Supplementing this series of ILB posts, the most recent from Sept. 10, 2010, headed "One of the state of Ohio's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Environment - More on: Proposed wood-fired boiler rule is preliminarily adopted by APCB [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 2, 2010, that reported on the preliminary adoption by the state Air Pollution Control...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 14, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Environment - "College Campuses Continue to Leave Coal Behind"

A Reuter story by Joan Oleck, dated Nov. 11, 2010, surveys the issue. The story begins:With more than 60 campuses...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 12, 2010

Environment - 15 years after they expired, IDEM issues draft permits for two NWI steel mills

So reports Gitte Laasby in yesterday's Gary Post-Tribune in a story that begins:BURNS HARBOR -- After a 15-year delay, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 12, 2010

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Environment - More on "Wind turbines can bring financial windfall"

Or not. An August 9, 2010 story by Diane Krieger Spivak of the Gary Post-Tribune, quoted here by the ILB,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Environment - More on "Shuttered EPA libraries to open doors tomorrow after two years"

That was the heading to this ILB entry from Sept. 30, 2008. Now the GAO has put out a 40-page...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Monday, November 01, 2010

Environment - Asian Carp issue is FWJG's Sunday Centerpeice

Stacey Stumpf of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports the lead story, headed "Area key in stopping assault on Great...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 01, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Environment - 2010 Indiana Environmental Statutes now available

This is the 2010 edition of the annual publication, the Indiana Environmental Statutes, sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Environment - "Environmental groups appeal to stop Purdue coal expansion"

Updating an ILB entry from May 11 headed "Purdue's request to expand the Wade Power Plant assailed," Eric Weddle of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Environment - "The proposed settlement of the General Motors bankruptcy case filed today will provide more than $25 million in an environmental trust to clean up and redevelop eight Old GM manufacturing facilities in Indiana"

See Attorney General Zoeller's detailed news release here, including a list of the eight Indiana sites included in the settlement....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Environment - Asian carp lawsuit wraps up in U.S. District Court in Chicago

Michael Tarm of the AP reported yesterday afternoon in a story that began:CHICAGO -- The reliability of DNA testing suggesting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Environment - "No Asian carp in e-DNA tests at Indiana ports" [Updated]

One of the concerns about Asian carp and Lake Michigan issues is that it is not only the Chicago River...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 15, 2010

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Environment - "Vreba-Hoff dairies foreclosure in federal court"

Dennis Pelham of the Adrian Michigan Daily Telegram is reporting this afternoon, Oct. 9, 2010, in a long story:HUDSON, Mich....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 09, 2010

Friday, October 08, 2010

Environment - "White House 'Asian Carp Czar' Outlines His Strategy For Eradicating Species"

NPR yesterday afternoon on "All Things Considered" ran this nearly 5 minute story on Indiana's John Goss:Almost a month ago,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 08, 2010

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Environment - Still more on "Contaminated soil from Louisville arena site dumped in Clarksville"

Updating ILB entries from May 13th and May 14th, 2010, Ben Zion Hershberg reports today in the Louisville Courier Journal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Monday, October 04, 2010

Ind. Decisions - "Porter County wins battle in transfer station war" [Updated]

This Porter County fight against a transfer station variously described as "near Mount Baldy" and near the Town of Pines,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 04, 2010

Environment - Air pollution issues in NW Indiana and Muncie area

"Advocacy groups say State Line Energy allowed to continue violating air permit" is the headline to this long Oct. 2,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 04, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Environment - "Attica pollution lawsuit gains class action status" [More]

The story by Justin L. Mack is in the Lafayette Journal Courier. A few quotes:ATTICA -- When Rod Andres purchased...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Environment - "Environmentalists hope to make a museum from an Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore house of Herb and Charlotte Read"

Gitte Laasby reports today in the Gary Post-Tribune:CHESTERTON -- Environmentalists hope to make a museum from an Indiana Dunes National...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Environment - Wetlands Mapper available from U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Check it out here....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Environment - More on: Problems at Michigan City sanitary district?

Updating this lengthy ILB entry from June 4, 2010, Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today:MICHIGAN CITY -- In...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 23, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Environment - "Opponents warn of dangers of hog industry growth Indiana's hog industry has grown -- but CAFO opponents from North Carolina warn Hoosiers wouldn't want it to reach the level seen in their state"

That is the headline to a major story by Seth Slabaugh in the Sept. 13, 2010 Muncie Star-Press. It begins:MUNCIE...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 20, 2010

Environment - "Fort Wayne, state in legal spat over asbestos testing: In lawsuit filed last week, city claims IDEM is misperceiving scope of structure demolitions"

Sarah Janssen reported in the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Sept. 18th in a story that began:The city is suing the Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 20, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Environment - "Massive fish kill reported in Louisiana"

Incredible "river of death."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Courts - Still more on: "Kansas joins case to head off federal carbon regulation"

Supplementing Wednesday's ILB entry on the amicus brief filed by the Indiana AG in Connecticut v. AEP, and yesterday's ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 10, 2010

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Courts - More on: "Kansas joins case to head off federal carbon regulation"

Supplementing yesterday's ILB entry on the amicus brief filed by the Indiana AG in Connecticut v. AEP, several other appeals...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 09, 2010

Environment - More on "New Asian carp czar John Goss outlines approach"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star reports under the headline: "U.S. 'Asian carp director' is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 09, 2010

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Environment - 2010 Indiana Environmental Statutes now available

This is the 2010 edition of the annual publication, the Indiana Environmental Statutes, sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Courts - "Kansas joins case to head off federal carbon regulation"

This lengthy story appeared in the Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010 edition of the Wichita Kansas Eagle. Some quotes:Attorney General Steve...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Environment - "New Asian carp czar John Goss outlines approach"

Tina Lam of the Detroit Free Press reports:The White House said today it has chosen John Goss, former director of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Environment - "One of the state of Ohio's solutions -- transporting future manure to farm fields outside the watershed, including fields in Indiana -- has alarmed some Hoosiers in East Central Indiana."

Updating this August 31 ILB entry headed "We don't need Ohio's environmental problems," this August 30th Muncie Star-Press article by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Environment - Yet more on: Superfund used to justify $28,000 bill to fight fire at couple's home

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, which quoted the NYT story:After adopting such programs, some jurisdictions — including Radnor Township, Pa. —...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Monday, September 06, 2010

Environment - Still more on: Superfund used to justify $28,000 bill to fight fire at couple's home

Remember this ILB entry from March 23, 2010? The ILB may have missed some more recent news on the issues...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 06, 2010

Environment - "Unsolved Coal Ash Problem" [Updated]

Here is an editorial from the Sept. 5, 2010 NY Times - a quote:Last Monday, the E.P.A. held the first...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 06, 2010

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Environment - Proposed wood-fired boiler rule is preliminarily adopted by APCB

Here is a list of five years of ILB entries on the topic of wood fired boilers and their regulation....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 02, 2010

Environment - "Environmental groups hail selenium ruling as 'game changer'"

So reads the headline to a story in the Charleston West Virigina Gazette, reported by Ken Ward Jr. Some quotes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 02, 2010

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Environment - "Neighbors sue City of Jeffersonville over asphalt plant"

Connie Leonard reports for WAVE 3:JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – People living next to an asphalt plant in Jeffersonville, IN...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Environment - Indiana walnut trees at risk

From the AP, via the Indy Star:INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's wildlife agency has issued an emergency rule banning walnut products from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Environment - "We don't need Ohio's environmental problems"

That is the heading to an editorial today in the Muncie Star-Press. Some quotes:East Central Indiana is about to be...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Environment - BP refinery apparently not "good neighbor" in Texas

"With Neighbors Unaware, Toxic Spill at a BP Plant" is the headline to a story today in the NY Times...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 30, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Environment - "Great Lakes waterways a 'carp highway'"

That quote from Michigan assistant attorney general Robert Reichel, arguing in a suit fied "in U.S. District Court in northern...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Environment - "I would like to encourage you to emphasize with your staff that it is not necessary to cite every possible statute and regulation that could be violated in a given situation"

That quote from IDEM assistant commissioner of the Office of Legal Counsel and Criminal Investigations David Joest is from a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 23, 2010

Environment - More on: Scottsburg biomass project may be out

Updating this ILB entry from July 16, 2010, a long August 17th story in the Louisville Courier Journal reported by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 23, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Environment - Carp suit heading to court: Federal testimony will start Monday

From a story yesterday by Dan Egan of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that begins:The lawsuit filed by a coalition of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Environment - "Echoes of Gulf Spill Ripple in BP's Midwest Refinery Expansion "

From the NY Times, see this story by Elana Schor, dated Aug. 6, 2010 -- a few quotes from the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Friday, August 06, 2010

Environment - More on "Commercial fishermen found the 3-foot-long, 20-pound carp in Lake Calumet on Chicago's South Side"

Updating this ILB entry from June 24, 2010, the NWI Times has a brief report today that begins:A human --...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 06, 2010

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Environment - 2010 edition of Indiana Environmental Statutes

The 2010 edition of Indiana Environmental Statutes will be available later this month....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 05, 2010

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Environment - "Wind Drives Growing Use of Batteries"

Here is a really interesting NY Times article from July 27, 2010, reported by Matthew L. Wald. Some quotes:The rapid...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Environment - "10-foot chain-link fence OK'd for Asian carp at Eagle Marsh"

Read this brief AP story from July 27th alongside this story - "DNR plans to install mesh fencing in Eagle...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 29, 2010

Environment - "Scientists expected Obama administration to be friendlier: Many of the frustrations scientists had with the last administration continue currently"

A long story from the July 10, 2010 LA Times I've been intending to highlight, by Tom Hamburger and Kim...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Environment - Indiana CAFOs in the news; cows, chickens, pigs

"Indiana agency revokes permit for 3,500-cow dairy" - a brief AP story July 27th:LAKEVILLE, Ind. — Developers haven't given up...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Environment - Lt. Gov. Skillman: believes it is possible to "develop wind power opportunities while preserving industry and the natural beauty of Lake Michigan."

Dan Carden of the NWI Times reported yesterday:Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman said Wednesday that the Indiana Office of Energy Development...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 23, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Environment - More on "Indiana lawmakers were the only ones in the country to take campaign donations from BP last month"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, which focused on NW Indiana legislators, Mary Beth Schneider of the Indianapolis Star has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ind. Gov't - Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission. tweaks wind turbine rules

Justin Mark reports today in a long story in the Lafayette Journal Courier in a long story that begins:After a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Environment - "Indiana lawmakers were the only ones in the country to take campaign donations from BP last month"

So reports Gitte Laasby today in the Gary Post Tribune - some quotes:Since BP's oil spill three months ago, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Environment - More on: Five states file Asian Carp suit

As reported in this ILB entry yesterday, suit was filed yesterday in USDC, ND Illinois by Great Lakes five states:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

Environment - Five states file Asian Carp suit [Updated]

"Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and Pennsylvania filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in northern Illinois," reports John Flesher...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 19, 2010

Environment - "State plans to regulate phosphorus in lakes: But it will take many initiatives to slow down nutrient pollution of Indiana's lakes"

Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press reports today that the regulation will be aimed at wastewater treatment plants, not agriculture,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 19, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Environment - Scottsburg biomass project may be out

The ILB has had a number of earlier entries on the proposed biomass wood-burning power plants in southern Indiana. For...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 16, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Law - Bankruptcy and BP

The NY Times reporter John Schwartz reported in a long story yesterday:With pockets as deep as BP’s — its assets...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 11, 2010

Environment - The end of "Easterly's Pile" on the Lake Michigan beach?

The Gary Post Tribune, through its environmental reporter, Gitte Laasby, has had a number of articles on the so-called "Easterly's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 11, 2010

Friday, July 09, 2010

Envirnment - "Hoosier consumers are likely to pay bulk of $16B for lines to transport wind power"

So reports Ted Evanoff in the Indianapolis Star today. The lengthy story begins:The rural Midwest is booming with wind turbines...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 09, 2010

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Environment - Asian Carp raises its ugly head again

From commentary today by Sylvia A. Smith, Washington editor of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:WASHINGTON – Who would have thought...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 04, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Environment - DC Circuit rules unilateral administrative cleanup orders do not violate due process [Updated]

"Superfund is Constitutional" is the heading to this entry by Jonathan H. Adler at the Volokh Conspiracy. [Updated 6/30/10] "DC...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Environment - "Commercial fishermen found the 3-foot-long, 20-pound carp in Lake Calumet on Chicago's South Side"

From the AP, via the Gary Post-Tribune this morning:CHICAGO -- A single Asian carp has been found for the first...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Tippecanoe County residents ask for moratorium on wind turbines"

Interesting article today by Dorothy Schneider in the Lafayette Journal Courier:A group of rural Tippecanoe County residents who have lingering...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Environment - "Property owners are wary of being hit with the 'brownfield' label"

A lengthy story on brownfields today in the NWI Times, reported by Sarah Tompkins. A quote:Northwest Indiana has scores of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 21, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Environment - "Smart Moves on Drilling in New York"

A June 16, 2010 column in the NYT, by Peter Applebome, begins:It may be hard to believe, but New York’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 20, 2010

Environment - New air standards in the works: potential Indiana impact

Dan Stockman of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette writes about upcoming changes in a lengthy story that begins: Indiana’s governor...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 20, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Environment - "Net Benefits of Biomass Power Under Scrutiny"

Updating this list of earlier ILB entries on biomass power, the NY Times has a long story by Tom Zeller...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 19, 2010

Environment - More on: After 5 years of study, proposal to regulate outdoor wood-fired boilers moves to a preliminary hearing before the APCB

Updating this ILB entry from June 2, 2010 (and a long list of earlier ILB entries), Rick Callaahan of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 19, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Environment - More on: Concerns raised about BP's Whiting project, in light of the Gulf spill [Updated]

Those of you who read this ILB entry earlier today will be interested in this article on the Brookings website,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 14, 2010

Environment - Concerns raised about BP's Whiting project, in light of the Gulf spill

"Will Gulf oil spill sink BP's Whiting project?" That was the headline to this story in the Gary Post-Tribune dated...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 14, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

Environment - More on: Gov. Mitch Daniels announces a major land conservation initiative

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, this morning Gov. Daniels announced the second-part of the program. Today's news release begins:SCOTTSBURG,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 11, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Environment - "Covering The Environmental Beat In Northwest Indiana"

Dave Dempsey of Ecolocalizer has a great article today on the Gary Post Tribune's outstanding environmental reporter, Gitte Laasby. It...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 10, 2010

Environment - Gov. Mitch Daniels announces a major land conservation initiative

Lesley Stedman Weidenbener of the Louisville Courier Journal has a story here. Here is the long news release....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Environment - "Amish Farming Draws Rare Government Scrutiny"

The NY Times today has a long story by Sindya N. Bhanoo headed "Amish Farming Draws Rare Government Scrutiny." Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Environment - "Reports at BP over years find history of problems"

A long investigative story today by Abrahm Lustgarten and Ryan Knutson of the Washington Post begins:A series of internal investigations...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Friday, June 04, 2010

Environment - Problems at Michigan City sanitary district? [Updated]

This story today by Matt Field of the Michigan City News Dispatch, headed "State AG will take over Meer...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 04, 2010

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - And how did that work out for you?

The award-winning environmental reporter for the Gary Post-Tribune, Gitte Laasby, who has broken many stories (including the BP permits issues...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Environment - After 5 years of study, proposal to regulate outdoor wood-fired boilers moves to a preliminary hearing before the APBC

Here is the ILB's long list of entries on the regulation of outdoor wood-fired boilers. See in particular this entry...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

Environment - Indiana is a leader in wind turbines, but the pace is slowing

Bruce C. Smith of the Indianapolis Star writes today:his year, construction of about 300 megawatts of new wind power electricity...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 31, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Environment - EPA: IDEM must change either Water Board law or general permit process

The Indiana Manufacturers Association yesterday informed its members about an issue that is taking shape at IDEM:For some time EPA...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Environment - Still more on "Indiana county's fertilizer ban rejected"

Updating this important Feb. 14, 2010 ILB entry headed "Indiana county's fertilizer ban rejected" about how Steuben County's effort to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Environment - More on: Potential regulation of emissions from wood-fired outdoor boiler continues to "shock and surprise" some legislators

This April 24, 2010 ILB entry discussed IDEM's efforts, beginning in 2005, to put in force state-wide rules re wood-fired...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 21, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Environment - More on "BP, environmentalists debate oil sand"

Updating this ILB entry from May 8, 2009, Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post Tribune reports today:When BP Whiting starts...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Environment - "Attorney for General Electric Battles EPA Use of 'Sledgehammer' in Superfund Cases"

The subhead: "Sidley's Carter Phillips argues that unilateral administrative orders were meant to be used only in emergency situations but...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

Environment - More on "Contaminated soil from Louisville arena site dumped in Clarksville"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, which quoted a LCJ story, Amy Hartsock, Public Information Officer, Indiana Department of Environmental...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 14, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Environment - Proposed Indiana antidegradation rules face federal rejection if not changed

So reports Gitte Lasby today in the Gary Post-Tribune. Some quotes:MERRILLVILLE -- The state of Indiana is too lax in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 13, 2010

Environment - "Contaminated soil from Louisville arena site dumped in Clarksville"

Ben Zion Hershberg reports today in the Louisville Courier Journal in a story that begins:Indiana environmental officials have ordered the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 13, 2010

Environment - "Regulators to hear comments on Scottsburg biomass project"

Updating earlier ILB entries on the proposed biomass wood-burning power plants in southern Indiana, most recently this one from Feb....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Environment - Purdue's request to expand the Wade Power Plant assailed

From a story today in the Lafayette Journal Courier, reported by Eric Weddle:Where is Purdue University? That was a repeated...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Friday, May 07, 2010

Environment - "IDEM investigating asphalt company"

Seth Slabaugh reports today in the Muncie Star-Press in a story that begins:DALEVILLE -- Meshberger Brothers Stone Corp., which is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 07, 2010

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Environment - More on "EPA proposes two options for managing coal waste"

EPA's plan, announced yesterday, has allready met with criticism. From The Blog of Legal Times:For months, environmental lawyers have been...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Environment - "EPA proposes two options for managing coal waste"

James Bruggers reports today in the Louisville Courier Journal:The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed two different ways to manage...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Monday, May 03, 2010

Environment - "State breaks silence on 'Easterly's Pile'"

"Easterly's pile" has been the subject of several earlier ILB entries. Today Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post Tribune reports...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 03, 2010

Environment - "Kentucky tries to interest fishermen to haul in huge carp"

James Bruggers reports today in the Louisville Courier Journal in a story that begins:They say they taste like tuna. Or...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 03, 2010

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Ind. Decisions - "Court dismisses lawsuit from Elkhart recycling plant neighbors"

The Court of Appeals decision Friday in the case of Bellows et al v. Board of Commissioners of the County...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 01, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Environment - "'Easterly's pile' a waste site, after all"

Remember this ILB entry from April 12, 2010, quoting a Gary Post Tribune story where IDEM denied the existence of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Environment - Again failure: "Asian carp debates heads to Supreme Court"

Updating this ILB entry from April 23, 2010, Tina Lam of the Detroit Free Press reports this morning in a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 26, 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Environment - Potential regulation of emissions from wood-fired outdoor boiler continues to "shock and surprise" some legislators

The ILB has a very long list of entries on outdoor wood-fired boilers and efforts to regulate them so that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 24, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

Environment - Again: "Asian carp debates heads to Supreme Court"

Nathan Hurst reports today in the Detroit News:The court has twice rejected -- in January, and last month -- emergency...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 23, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Environment - "Earth Day: Activists recall area horrors"

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune has a great story today, Earth Day, recalling what "The Region's" environment was like,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 22, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Marshall County to raise the fee for commercial wind farm permits from $50 to $20,000

Virginia Rainsbottom reports in the South Bend Tribune: PLYMOUTH — Wind farms have begun appearing in Benton and White counties...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 19, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Trial court rules Jeffersonville owes sewer plant operator $584,000"

Updating this most recent ILB entry, from Jan. 27, 2009, headed "City water and sewer contracts to be put up...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - "Chicken Underground" has not yet reached the City of Washington Indiana

As these ILB entries attest, one of the ILB's favorite entries was this one from Sept. 15, 2009, headed "Chicken...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Environment - "IDEM map called 'deceptive'"

From a long story today in the Gary Post-Tribune, reported by Gitte Laasby, continue the controversy about "Easterly's Pile." The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 12, 2010

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Environment - Still more on: "Is Tippecanoe County next for wind farms?"

Updating this ILB entry from Arpil 1, 2010, Max Showalter reports today in the Lafayette Journal Courier:With some accommodations made...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Environment - Indiana air enforcement efforts wane, reports say

"IDEM shuts down mercury monitors: Effort will save $285,000; no data will mean lack of urgency to comply" is the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 04, 2010

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Environment - The suspense is over, "As they deflated Thursday, the bubbles wrinkled like raisins in the sun."

The WSJ's Lauren Etter is reporting today:WINCHESTER, Ind.—Several giant bubbles on a dairy farm manure lagoon were popped Thursday, emitting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 01, 2010

Environment - More on "Manure Raises New Stink"

Updating this ILB entry from March 25, 2010, Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press reports today under the headline "Winchester...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 01, 2010

Environment - More on: "Is Tippecanoe County next for wind farms?"

Updating this ILB entry from March 26, 2010, Dorthy Schneider of the Lafayette Journal Courier reports today under the headline:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 01, 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Environment - "Diffuser a fix for Grand Cal discharges?"

With a diffuser, the same amount of pollution goes into the water, but it is diffused or diluted as it...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Environment - More on "Voices aired on Rockport gasification plant "

Updaitng this ILB entry from Dec. 4, 2009, and this one from Feb. 9, 2010, the Evansville Courier & Press...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 29, 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Environment - Portending the future of the Great Lakes? [Updated]

"Asian carp spreading through Tenn. waters" is the headline of a story today by Anne Paine of The Tennessean. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 27, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Environment - "Is Tippecanoe County next for wind farms?"

Max Showalter reports today in the Lafayette Journal Courier:As wind turbines pile up next door in Benton and White counties,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 26, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Environment - "Manure Raises New Stink" says WSJ

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 15, 2009 which reported "Neighbors have complained about giant bubbles in the lagoon's synthetic...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 25, 2010

Environment - EPA Releases Public Database on Risk Assessments

From a March 24, 2010 EPA press release:WASHINGTON - Today, EPA is releasing the Health and Environmental Research Online (HERO)...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Environment - More on: Superfund used to justify $28,000 bill to fight fire at couple's home [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 19, 2010, 6News Indy, which broke the story, had an update this evening:LAFAYETTE, Ind....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Environment - Illinois AG Lisa Madigan "Wins One for ... the Carp?"

From NBC Chicago's "Ward Room," some quotes from an entry by Edward McClelland:As attorney general, it’s Lisa Madigan’s job is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

Environment - Still more on "SCOTUS to Reconsider Wading Into Asian Carp Fight "

Updating this ILB entry from March 19th, the AP is now reporting: "Supreme Court refuses second request to close shipping...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 22, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Environment - More on "SCOTUS to Reconsider Wading Into Asian Carp Fight "

Supplementing this ILB entry from March 17, 2010, Nathan Hurst of the Detroit News has this story today....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 19, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Environment - "SCOTUS to Reconsider Wading Into Asian Carp Fight "

So reports Gabriel Nelson this afternoon for the NY Times. Some quotes from the fairly long story:Now faced with DNA...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Environment - "13 million pounds of Ohio River fish eaten annually"

"Who knew?" begins this story by James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier Journal, in a story dated March 15, 2010....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Ind. Gov't. - Encourage CAFOs, penalize small farmers and meat processors?

Doesn't seem right. At my local farmer's market this winter every third stand seems to be selling locally produced meat...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 13, 2010

Monday, March 08, 2010

Environment - The condition of the Grand Calumet River and efforts to clean it up

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post Tribune has three reports today:"Region's sewer: Grand Cal faces long recuperation" “State, feds to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 08, 2010

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Envirnment - Illinois farmland sought to lease for natural gas exploration

Updating a list of earlier ILB entries on extracting natural gas from scale, using a technology called hydraulic fracturing, Len...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 07, 2010

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Environment - "Tippecanoe shores up wind energy codes"

Dorothy Schneider has this March 1st story in the Lafayette Journal Courier:In anticipation of wind turbines eventually springing up in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Monday, March 01, 2010

Environment - "Rulings Restrict Clean Water Act, Foiling E.P.A."

From a front-page story in today's NY Times, reported by Charles Duhigg and Janet Roberts:The Clean Water Act was intended...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 01, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Courts - SCOTUS denies review of Seymour-based Rose Acre Farms takings judgment

Updating previous ILB entries, Gabriel Nelson of the NY Times reported yesterday:The court also declined to review Rose Acre Farms...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Environment - "Plenty of Spilled Milk to Cry Over for Dairymen Lured to U.S."

A lengthy story by Lauren Etter of the Wall Street Journal, dated Feb. 16, 2010, has fascinating background about the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 20, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

Environment - Attorney General Zoeller files friend-of-the-court brief in the Asian carp dispute

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Attorney General Zoeller has just filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Asian carp dispute,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 19, 2010

Environment - Superfund used to justify $28,000 bill to fight fire at couple's home

6News Indy had this story last evening:NEW CASTLE, Ind. -- An Indiana lawmaker has pledged to investigate how a New...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 19, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Environment - More on "Indiana Attorney General Zoeller to support Michigan in Asian carp lawsuit"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 30, 2009, which quoted an AG Zoeller press release from that date, today the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Environment - More on: Rules proposed again to regulate outdoor wood-fired boilers

Updating this Jan. 7, 2010 ILB entry (which is worth another look), Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune has a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Environment - "Asian-Carp Threat Stirs Rethink of Century-Old Feat "

Douglas Belkin of the WS Journal has an informative story today on the engineering history that has led to the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Environment - "A Growing Source of Clean Energy, Wind Farms Are Blowing Ill Will Among Some Neighbors"

From the February 2010 ABA Journal, a lengthy story by Kristin Choo that includes the following:“They told us that the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Environment - "Indiana Lawmakers support biomass plants' foes: Prospects unclear for legislation that would stop construction"

The ILB's most recent entry on the proposed biomass wood-burning power plants in southern Indiana was Feb. 9th, near the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 15, 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Environment - More on "Indiana county's fertilizer ban rejected"

Updating this ILB entry, from Feb. 10, 2010, is this editorial today, headed "Appointee overrules lake law," in the Fort...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Environment - Logansport, Cass County set wind energy fees

Jennifer Tangeman reports in the Pharos-Tribune: With the prospect of harnessing wind energy moving closer to reality in Cass County,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Environment - "Indiana's governor opposes closing locks to fight Asian carp" [Updated]

From the AP, a brief story that begins:Indiana's governor is opposing a proposal to close navigational locks and gates in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 12, 2010

Environment - "Feds pass on surest solution to Asian carp"

That is the headline to this story by AP environmental writer John Flesher that begins: TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) —...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 12, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Environment - "Bankruptcy could lead to smelly mess for state: Union-Go Dairy, which has had manure-lagoon problems, files for relief from creditors" [Updated]

This ILB entry from Feb. 9, 2010 briefly mentioned a story headed "Randolph megadairy files for bankruptcy", from the Richmond...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Environment - "Indiana county's fertilizer ban rejected"

Runoff from farms, golf courses, runways, construction sites, etc. is regulated by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. This story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Environment - Stories on CAFOs, Pines coal ash, Asian Carp, Biomass plants [Updated]

A number of Indiana environmental stories today:"Randolph megadairy files for bankruptcy", from the Richmond Palladium-Item. "EPA to update Pines residents...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Environment - "State lawmakers laying plans for coal-gas pipeline"

Updating earlier, and worth reviewing, ILB entries, including "Still more on: Governor signs first bill of 2009 session" from Nov....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Monday, February 08, 2010

Environment - Asian carp talks today at White House "may miss bigger lake challenge"

Dan Egan of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel had this long and thorough story Sunday that began:The focus of Monday's White House...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 08, 2010

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Environment - Even more on "Crawford County residents question biomass power project"

Updating this Jan. 28th ILB entry, Grace Schneider of the Louisville Courier Journal attended another public meeting, this one in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 07, 2010

Friday, February 05, 2010

Environment - More on Asian Carp suit; Wood-fired outdoor boilers

Michigan AG: "Close canal to stop carp: DNA data was kept from U.S. Supreme Court," heads this story today in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 05, 2010

Monday, February 01, 2010

Environment - "For scofflaws, a public mea culpa: Plea-deal ads admit environmental crimes"

Some quotes from Jonathan Saltzman's story in today's Boston Globe:The Rockmore Co. has a confession: “Our company has discharged human...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 01, 2010

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Environment - More on: The other side of CAFO manure spills and run-off

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 11, 2009, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an editorial today headed "Don’t spread...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 30, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Environment - Still more on "Crawford County residents question biomass power project"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 20th, Grace Schneider of the Louisville Courier Journal reports today under the headline "Defining...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 28, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

Environment - "Pressure builds as governors seek seat at Obama carp 'summit'"

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a story by Dan Egan that begins:The political heat is cranking up on President Barack...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 25, 2010

Environment - "Feds taking look at 'Easterly's pile'"

From Gitte Laasby's story in the Sunday Gary Post Tribune begins:Federal officials are investigating a complaint from a Post-Tribune reader...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 25, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Environment - More on "Court won't close shipping locks to keep out carp"

Updating this Jan. 20th ILB entry, what is next? Two stores: "Army Corps to sample two Indiana rivers for Asian...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 22, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Environment - Expanding Use of Wind Power v. the power grid

This story today in the NY Times A quotes:The Energy Department under President Obama has been a proponent of renewable...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Environment - More on "Crawford County residents question biomass power project"

Updating this Jan. 15, 2010 ILB entry, quoting a story in the LCJ, the weekly Corydon Democrat has a very...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Courts - "Court won't close shipping locks to keep out carp"

Updating this story from yesterday, and many earlier ILB entries about the Asian Carp threat, the NY Times had this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Courts - "Court won't close shipping locks to keep out carp"

So reports USA Today in this AP story, accompanied by a video labeled "Asian carp poisoning begins in an effort...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Environment - Asian carp plea denied by SCOTUS

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSBlog reported here, shortly after 10:00 AM:The Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to order emergency measures sought...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Courts - "Something's Fishy at the High Court"

Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal explains how the case got to the Supreme Court so fast, in this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 16, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

Environment - More on "SCOTUS Expected To Hear Asian Carp Arguments Today"

It never happened. Tina Lam of the Detroit Free Press reports this evening:The U.S. Supreme Court, which met today in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 15, 2010

Environment - "Crawford County residents question biomass power project"

Interesting, especially in light of: (1) this ILB entry from Jan. 7, 2010 headed "Environment - Rules proposed again to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 15, 2010

Environment - "SCOTUS Expected To Hear Asian Carp Arguments Today"

Holland Michigan's WHTC is reporting:The fight to close locks in Chicago feeding into Lake Michigan to prevent the spread of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 15, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Environment - "IDEM quietly admits mistakes were made" says Gary Post-Tribune editorial

From today's Gary Post-Tribune, this editorial:When someone has made a mistake, a public mea culpa might be in order. But...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Environment - "SCOTUS To Consider Carp Case On Friday" and "Carp DNA found closer to the lake"

From Chicagoist, this story by Marcus Gilmer:The U.S. Supreme Court has set this Friday, January 15, as the day it...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Environment - More on "IDEM fills long-vacant chief-of-staff post, denies agency shakeup"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 5, 2010, Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune has a lengthy and detailed story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 07, 2010

Environment - Rules proposed again to regulate outdoor wood-fired boilers

Several years ago there was a lot of smoke over an IDEM proposal to solicit public comments about whether there...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 07, 2010

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Environment - Status report on Asian carp controversy [Updated]

Updating this long list of earlier ILB Asian carp entries, SCOTUSblog this morning has a great wrap-up of the status...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Environment - Feds oppose Great Lakes states' suit re Asian Carp

In a 53-page memorandum for the United States in opposition to the Michigan motion for a preliminary injunction, the:Solicitor General,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Environment - "IDEM fills long-vacant chief-of-staff post, denies agency shakeup"

So reports Chris O'Malley of the Indianapolis Business Journal today, supplementing this Gary Post Tribune story from Jan. 2nd, 2010,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Environment - "Ontario wants U.S. court to lock out Asian carp"

Now come the Canadians. Updating earlier ILB entries, the Toronto Star today has a story today that begins:Ontario wants to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Monday, January 04, 2010

Environment - "New York Enters Carp Fight"

As I wrote in this Dec. 31st entry - "only two Great Lake states [remain] outstanding -- Pennsylvania and New...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 04, 2010

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Environment - "Fight Against Asian Carp Threatens Fragile Great Lakes Unity "

The Sunday NY Times has this story by Monica Davey. The story begins:CHICAGO — Asian carp, the voracious, nonnative fish...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 03, 2010

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Environment - More on Environment - "Indiana Attorney General Zoeller to support Michigan in Asian carp lawsuit"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, the latest word is that "Wisconsin joins other states in Asian carp battle." This map from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Environment - "Indiana Attorney General Zoeller to support Michigan in Asian carp lawsuit"

The Chesterton Tribune is quoting a press release on its website late this afternoon: INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Environment - "Ever since the fish started heading north, ecologists have warned about the devastation that awaits if they get loose in the Great Lakes, unchecked by natural predators and muscling out every competing species"

That is a quote from this editorial today in the NY Times, updating this ILB entry from earlier today....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Environment - Still more on "Michigan asks U.S. Supreme Court to close shipping locks near Chicago to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes" What of Indiana?

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 26th, where the ILB's inquiry to the Attorney General's press office about whether Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

Environment - Michigan environmental agency files suit against Vreba-Hoff dairies

A December 27th story in the Richmond Paladium-Item reports:LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality filed a lawsuit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 28, 2009

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Environment - More on "Michigan asks U.S. Supreme Court to close shipping locks near Chicago to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes" What of Indiana? [Updated]

This ILB entry from Dec. 22 contained reports that the Michigan attorney general has filed the suit against against Illinois,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 26, 2009

Friday, December 25, 2009

Environment - NY Times posts correction to Duke Energy story

Here is the correction, published Dec. 25, 2009:An article in some editions on Wednesday about a court settlement requiring Duke...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 25, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Environment - "Lawyers target pig, dairy farms: Attorneys seek justice for neighbors allegedly injured by pork and dairy producers"

A very interesting, and lengthy, story today from Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press, featuring Indianapolis attorney Rich Hailey. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ind. Decisions - "Duke to reduce pollution at New Albany plant"

Updating earlier ILB entries, including this one from May 29, 2009, Mireya Howard reported in the NY Times on Dec....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Environment - "Michigan asks U.S. Supreme Court to close shipping locks near Chicago to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes"

Here is the AP story by John Flesher in today's South Bend Tribune. From the story:State Attorney General Mike Cox...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Environment - "Attorney General Greg Zoeller has filed a lawsuit against an Elkhart County recycler with a history of environmental violations, worker-safety violations and public complaints"

From today's lengthy press release:The suit asks the court to require the company to cease its open dumping of wood...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 21, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Environment - "A European wind is blowing across east central Indiana"

That is the headline to a lengthy story today by Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press. Some quotes:MUNCIE -- East...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 18, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Environment - Still more on: Great Lakes losing even more water via St. Clair River

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 11, 2009, the controversy continues about what is causing the lowering of the water...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Environment - Don't forget to order the 2009 Edition of the Indiana Environmental Statutes

The 2009 edition of the Indiana Environmental Statutes, edited by Marcia J. Oddi, is now available. The 2009 edition of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Environment - "Indiana regulators ban IPL tree trimming on private land"

John Tuohy reports in the Indianapolis Star in a story posted late this morning that begins:State regulators have ordered Indianapolis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 14, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Environment - The other side of CAFO manure spills and run-off

Cattlenetwork has this long story today, titled "Delayed Harvest Has Producers Scrambling To Apply Manure," that begins:WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 11, 2009

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Environment - "Appalachian Wind Turbines Kill Bats, Judge Says" [Updated]

Updating this list of earlier ILB entries, Avery Fellow of Courthouse News Service reports today in a story that begins:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Environment - More on "Is New York’s Marcellus Shale Too Hot to Handle?"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 9th, here is a Dec. 7th NY Times story by Jad Mouawad and Clifford...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Friday, December 04, 2009

Environment - "Voices aired on Rockport gasification plant "

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 25th, 2009, Garret Mathews of the Evansville Courier & Press reports today on Thursday's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 04, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

Environment - "Cost of coal-gasification plant reaches $2.5 billion; the estimate so far doesn't include the potential costs for developing technology to capture and store carbon dioxide emitted by the plant"

Supplementing this ILB entry from Nov. 25th is this story from Charles Wilson of the AP. Some quotes:INDIANAPOLIS — Duke...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 27, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Environment - Wind turbines in the news

Tom Spaulding reported yesterday on the Indianapolis Star site:A 106-megawatt wind farm built to give Indianapolis Power & Light Co....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Environment - More on "Pollution partners not all paragons: State recognizes 22 firms it also has fined"

A Fort Wayne Journal Gazette editorial today headed "Poor partnership" references its Nov. 22nd story and opines:The Indiana Department of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Environment - McGrawsville Feed & Grain to $10,300 in penalties for fish kill

Daniel Human of the Logansport Pharos-Tribune has a story today that reports:AMBOY — State environmental agencies and a Miami County...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 23, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Environment - "Pollution partners not all paragons: State recognizes 22 firms it also has fined"

Didn't you sometimes wonder about this? Dan Stocker of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has a long story today -...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Environment - IDEM and its chief in the news

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 15th, headed "Gary Post-Tribune alleges steel company gets special treatment because of IDEM commissioner,"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 19, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Environment - More on: Gary Post-Tribune alleges steel company gets special treatment because of IDEM commissioner

"'99 report raised concerns about waste, environment: No official inquiries in last 10 years on potential impact" is the headline...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 16, 2009

Environment - "Porter County Commissioners OK regulations for wind turbines" [Updated]

Updating this list of earlier ILB entries on wind turbines in Porter County, Jane Huh of the Gary Post-Tribune reports...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 16, 2009

Ind. Gov't. - More on "State government began laying off employees today in order to cut costs"

Updating this ILB entry from Friday the 13th, Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Press has a story headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 16, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Environment - Gary Post-Tribune alleges steel company gets special treatment because of IDEM commissioner

"Fate of 'Easterly's pile' at ArcelorMittal remains unknown" is the headline to this story by Gitte Laasby of the Gary...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 15, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ind. Courts - "State suing local landlords over lead levels in home" [Updated]

Mark Wilson reports today for the Evansville Courier & Press in a long story -- some quotes:In a lawsuit filed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 12, 2009

Monday, November 09, 2009

Environment - "Is New York’s Marcellus Shale Too Hot to Handle?"

The ILB has had several entries on "a new technique that taps previously inaccessible supplies of natural gas" by drilling...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 09, 2009

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Environment - More on: "Indiana participates in Dana cleanup with $2 million stock distribution"

An interesting side-note to this Oct. 13th ILB entry - WLKI 100.3 News had this item yesterday, headed "City Council...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Environment - "Coal Combustion Residue: Status of EPA’s Efforts to Regulate Disposal"

The Government Accountability Office has issued this 38-page congressional briefing, dated Oct. 30th....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 01, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Environment - Don't forget to order the 2009 Edition of the Indiana Environmental Statutes

The 2009 edition of the Indiana Environmental Statutes, edited by Marcia J. Oddi, is now available. The 2009 edition of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 30, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Environment - Former IDEM Air Chief goes to Washington

Janet McCabe, the highly-regarded, long-time head of IDEM's Air Office until the politics changed with Gov. Daniels' election, has accepted...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 29, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Environment - "Wasted regulations: Oversight of coal hazards largely left to those that produce them"

That is the headline of this story by Mark Wilson in the Oct. 24th Evansville Courier & Press. Some quotes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 26, 2009

Environment - 2009 Edition of the Indiana Environmental Statutes now available

The 2009 edition of the Indiana Environmental Statutes, edited by Marcia J. Oddi, is now available. The 2009 edition of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 26, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Environment - "EPA Proposes Withdrawal of Bush-Era Air Toxics Assessment "

Robin Bravender reports for the NY Times late today in a lengthy entry that begins:U.S. EPA has proposed withdrawing part...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Environment - More on: "BP permit must be rewritten: State may not have fully assessed new emissions"

Gitte Laasby reports in the Gary Post-Tribune today in a long story with the headline "Environmentalists vow to halt BP...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Environment - "BP permit must be rewritten: State may not have fully assessed new emissions"

Gitte Laasby reports in the Gary Post-Tribune today in a long story:MERRILLVILLE -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is forcing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Environment - More on "A new technique that tapped previously inaccessible supplies of natural gas in the United States is spreading to the rest of the world"

The lead NY Times editorial today begins:New York State’s environmental regulators have proposed rules to govern drilling in the Marcellus...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 17, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Environment - IU's Nobel-winning economist looks to resolving the "tragedy of the commons"

John Tierney of the NY Times writes in a long blog entry:The 2009 Nobel Prize for economics is a useful...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 16, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Environment - "Indiana participates in Dana cleanup with $2 million stock distribution" [Updated]

The cleanup of the contaminated former Dana site in Angola has been the subject of a long list of ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Environment - "Cleansing the Air at the Expense of Waterways "

The NY Times continues its "Toxic Waters" series today with this very long story, headed "Cleansing the Air at the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Environment - "A new technique that tapped previously inaccessible supplies of natural gas in the United States is spreading to the rest of the world, raising hopes of a huge expansion in global reserves of the cleanest fossil fuel"

That is the lede to this story by Clifford Krauss in today's NY Times. More from the story:Italian and Norwegian...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 10, 2009

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Environment - More on "NW Indiana counties stop residents' wind tower ventures"

Updating this ILB entry from August 15th, Vicki Urbanik of the Chesterton Tribune reports: Porter County now has the framework...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 08, 2009

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Environment - "Study reports Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore threatened by climate change"

The Chesterton Tribune reported yesterday that: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 25 national parks identified as being most...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 03, 2009

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Environment - "Hoosier Environmental Council founder heads IU Mauer law school program"

Dawn Hewitt reports in the Bloomington Herald-Times in a story ($$) that begins:Carolyn Waldron is the new director of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 26, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Environment - "Hog Lawsuits Raising Stink in Missouri"

Bill Draper of the AP reports on agricultural nuisance. (For earlier ILB entries on the topic, see this list.) Sme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Environment - "Request to install up to 2 wind turbines goes to Hancock County zoning board Thursday"

The ILB has had a number of entries now on wind turbines, their impact, and local regulation. Today Bill McCleery...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Environment - "Big Polluters Told to Report Emissions "

This story today by Leslie Kaufman of the NY Times - it begins:The Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Environment - "Limits on LA Roosters Get a Green Light"

Supplementing our informative entry from Sept. 15th headed "'Chicken underground' emerges in Indiana", the NY Times published this story Sept....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 20, 2009

Environment - "Attorney General signs decree to improve Jeff’s sewer problems" [Updated]

That was the heading to this story by Chris Quay Sept. 17th in the Louisville Courier Journal. Some quotes:Indiana Attorney...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 20, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Environment - "Health Ills Abound as Farm Runoff Fouls Wells"

Continuing its series on water pollution, the NY Times published a front-page story Sept. 17 headed "Health Ills Abound as...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 19, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Environment - California water bottling company to build Plainfield plant

Bruce C. Smith reports today in the Indianapolis Star:The largest private label bottler of water in the country will build...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Environment - Updating "'Chicken underground' emerges in Indiana"

This Aug. 18th ILB entry quoted by an Indianapolis Star report on citizens "lobbying the Lafayette City Council to allow...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Environment - "Randolph County dairy fined over manure spill"

Seth Slabaugh reports today in the Muncie Star-Press:WINCHESTER -- Union-Go Dairy recently agreed to pay a $2,125 civil penalty for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Environment - "Environmental groups to sue EPA over coal-ash ponds"

So reports James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier Journal in this story dated Sept. 14th that begins:Three environmental groups have...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Environment - Several recent environmental stories

Sunday, Sept. 13th the NY Times had a major front-page story that continued on to two full inside pages: "Toxic...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 14, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Environment - "Turning to Windmills, but Resistance Lingers: Court Ruling Highlights Odds Against Them"

Adding again to this long list of earlier wind turbine stories, the NY Times' Abby Goodnough has this long story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 13, 2009

Environment - "North Judson attorney argues for environment"

Jeff Manes of the Gary Post-Tribune has a lengthy interview today with Marty Lucas - a quote:Martin Robert Lucas is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 13, 2009

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Environment - More on: City of Richmond may soon own contaminated Dana site

Updating this long list of ILB entries on cleanup of the bankrupt Dana Corp.'s Angola and Richmond sites, Bill Engle...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 12, 2009

Environment - More on "EPA to Scrutinize Permits for Mountaintop-Removal Mining"

Updating this ILB entry from March 25th, Tim Huber reports today in USA Today in a story that begins:CHARLESTON, W.Va....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 12, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Enviroment - "Porter County readies wind mill ordinance: Move spurred by firm that wants to put towers between Kouts-LaCrosse"

Updating this ILB entry from August 15th headed "NW Indiana counties stop residents' wind tower ventures," and adding to this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 11, 2009

Environment - More on: Great Lakes losing even more water via St. Clair River

Updating this ILB entry from July 26th, Dan Egan of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports today in a story headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 11, 2009

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Environment - A number of recent Indiana environmental stories [Updated]

Several from Lake County:"Steelmaker plans landfill for toxic mill wastes: ArcelorMittal samples show cadmium levels higher than otherwise allowed." -...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Environment - "Kentucky and Indiana lead nation in coal ash ponds"

James Bruggers reports in the Louisville Courier Journal - here are some quotes:Indiana and Kentucky are the nation's top two...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Environment - Wind turbines "can appear on Doppler radar like a violent storm or even a tornado"

From the AP, a story that begins:SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Wind farms have been blamed for disrupting the lives of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 30, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ind. Decisions - COA decides environmental nuisance case today

There are also a number of NFP opinions today, but this "for publication" opinion will be treated individually. In Randall...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Environment - Superfund site in Evansvlle; Indianapolis wins judgment for cleanup costs

From the August 23rd Evansville Courier & Press, this story by Mark Wilson. It begins:Some of Evansville's oldest and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Environment - "Angola City Council approves Univertical cleanup agreement"

The ILB has had a long list of entries on this issue. Today Jim Measel of WTHD 105.5 (NE Indiana)...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Ind. Gov't. - "Problem of junked cars in Sellersburg: Cars on blocks could cost the owner plenty"

Braden Lammers has this report in the New Albany News & Tribune. Some quotes:The town of Sellersburg is cracking down...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 23, 2009

Environment - "Illinois pollution enforcement hampered by politics"

Really? Michael Hawthorne has this lengthy story today in the Chicago Tribune. A quote:What appeared to be an obvious violation...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 23, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Environment - More on: IDEM meetings introduce new antidegradation rules

Updating this ILB entry from August 12th, Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reported August 20th:PORTAGE -- Indiana's proposed pollution...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 22, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Environment - "'Chicken underground' emerges in Indiana"

Bob Scott reports in the Indianapolis Star:Gay-Ellen Stulp and Stephany Miskunas are lobbying the Lafayette City Council to allow them...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Environment - City of Richmond may soon own contaminated Dana site

Recall these ILB entries from this spring about the Dana site in Angola and how the city was on the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 16, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Environment - "NW Indiana counties stop residents' wind tower ventures"

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune has a very long story today on the premise: "County ordinances aren't prepared to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 15, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

Environment - More on: "St. Joseph County to consider windmills: Bill would regulate turbine installation in St. Joseph County"

Updating this ILB entry from Tuesday, Troy Kehoe of WSBT South Bend reports this afternoon:Energy generating wind turbines put up...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 14, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Environment - "State recycling panel shocked by $11M transfer" [Updated]

This brief AP story, with no identifications, was posted on the Indianapolis Star website this afternoon:Members of a state panel...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Environment - US DC for DC rejects efforts to toss out Bush mining rule change without actually going through the formal rulemaking process

Here is the story in the Charleston W Vir. Gazette, reported by Ken Ward Jr. The story includes links to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Environment - IDEM meetings introduce new antidegradation rules

Gitte Laasby reports today in the Gary Post-Tribune in a lengthy story:MERRILLVILLE -- Polluters like BP would be allowed to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Environment - "St. Joseph County to consider windmills: Bill would regulate turbine installation in St. Joseph County"

Updating this ILB entry from August 9th, Ed Ronco reports today in the South Bend Tribune. Some quotes:Tonight, the St....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Environment - Tom Easterly recovering from heart surgery

Indiana Department of Environment head Tom Easterly had a quadruple bypass last week. No word yet on how long he...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Environment - "Blowback: Indiana's emerging wind farms whip up controversy: More and more critics say windmills aren't that green, aren't a great source of energy -- and can be harmful to people's health"

The ILB has a number of earlier entries on wind turbines. Today Jeff Swiatek has a front-page story in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 09, 2009

Environment - Burns Harbor's BZA to rethink Arcelor-Mittal denial

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reported August 8th in a story that began:Faced with a lawsuit, the Burns Harbor...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 09, 2009

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Environment - "GM gets to dump its polluted sites;" Indiana impacted

Some quotes from a lengthy story today in the Detroit Free Press, reported by Tim Higgins:When General Motors Co. emerged...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 08, 2009

Friday, August 07, 2009

Ind. Gov't. - Nine governors, but not Indiana, seek federal help for pork producers

From a report this afternoon by Mike Glover of the AP:DES MOINES, Iowa -- The governors of nine key pork-producing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 07, 2009

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Ind. Courts - "Red Spot may have to pay $26 million for cleanup" [Updated]

Dan Shaw has a report today in the Evansville Courier & Press headed "Red Spot may have to pay $26...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 06, 2009

Monday, August 03, 2009

Environment - "Vultures roost in downtown Lafayette"

Turkey vultures, according to the story today in the Lafayette Courier & Courier, reported by Justin Mack. Here is a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 03, 2009

Environment - "Critics say little change since BP permit issued"

That is the headline to this story today by Gitte Laasby in the Gary Post-Tribune. Some quotes from the lengthy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 03, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Environment - More on "Memo details TVA editing of response to ash spill"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 23rd, remarking on the PR changes in a TVA memo:The massive coal ash spill...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Environment - "Dry cleaners leave a toxic legacy: Despite cleanup effort, chemicals still taint hundreds of Illinois sites"

Michael Hawthorne of the Chicago Tribune has a long story today that begins: For decades, one of the nation's most...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 26, 2009

Environment - Great Lakes losing even more water via St. Clair River

Although concern has been focused on withdrawals of water from the Great Lakes by adjacent states, the real conern may...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 26, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Environment - "Electronics Industry Sues to Block Recycling Law"

From the NYT City Room Blog yesterday, an item by Jennifer Lee that begins:Industry groups filed a lawsuit on Friday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 25, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ind. Decisions - "State CFO hog permit upheld"

The Court of Appeals decision July 20th in the case of Jennings Water v. Office of Environmental Adjudication (ILB summary...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 23, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

Environment - "Ind. gets $4M to clean up underground tanks"

An AP report today begins:Indiana is getting more than $4 million in federal stimulus funds to help the state clean...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 20, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Environment - Wind turbines in Indiana [Updated]

Here is a list of some earlier ILB entries on wind turbines:Environment - Indiana bat endangered by wind farms?...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Law - "Illnesses Afflict Homes With a Criminal Past" - meth contamination

Here are some recent ILB entries on meth lab cleanup: Ind. Law - "Plymouth motel pays price for meth cleanup"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Environment - "Court Upholds EPA 'Nonattainment' Designations for Soot" [Updated]

That is the headline to this story this afternoon by Robin Bravender of the NY Times. H Here is the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Monday, July 06, 2009

Environment - "700,000 tons of waste waits for landfill" at Lake Co. lakefront

Gitte Laasby reports today in the Gary Post-Tribune in a long stroy that begins:MERRILLVILLE -- For years, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 06, 2009

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Law - "It’s Now Legal to Catch a Raindrop in Colorado"

Kirk Johnson of the NY Times had a story June 28th on "Western" water law. It began:DURANGO, Colo. — For...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 02, 2009

Environment - More on "Federal judge won't block BP refinery expansion"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune has this story today. Here is a quote:U.S. District Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 02, 2009

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Environment - More on "A Rough Term in Supreme Court for Environmentalists Draws to a Close"

Updating this ILB entry from June 26th, Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal has a story today headed "High...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Environment - Still more on: "EPA secrecy on coal-ash list worries lawmakers: Some of 44 'high hazard' sites might be in Kentucky, Indiana"

Updating this ILB entry from Monday, Shaila Dewan of the NY Times has a story today on the EPA list....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Environment - "Federal judge won't block BP refinery expansion"

So reports the AP this morning in a brief story. A quote:Judge Philip Simon in Hammond dismissed the Natural Resources...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009

Environment - More on: "EPA secrecy on coal-ash list worries lawmakers: Some of 44 'high hazard' sites might be in Kentucky, Indiana" [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from June13th, the EPA has had a change of heart and has released the list, according...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 29, 2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Environment - "Pipeline set to deliver natural gas to Indiana by Monday"

The ILB has posted a number of entries about the construction of the Rockies Express Pipeline across the state and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 27, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

Environment - "A Rough Term in Supreme Court for Environmentalists Draws to a Close"

Jennifer Koons reports today in the NY Times in a story that begins:Environmental interests were trounced in the 2009 Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 26, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Environment - More on: Purdue's awaited CAFO study may be disappointment to all

Updating this ILB entry from June 19th, Angela Mapes Turner of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports today:A long-awaited Purdue...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Environment - "Justices Say Waste Can Be Dumped in Lake"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Leslie Kaufman of the NY Times reports today:The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Environment - Purdue's awaited CAFO study may be disappointment to all

Justin L. Mack of the Lafayette Journal Courier has this story today, headed "Results of Purdue CAFO study mixed." Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 19, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Environment - "EPA Announces Public Health Emergency in Libby, Montana"

From a press release from US EPA:WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson today announced the agency...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Environment - "Asphalt plant ordinance gets Jeffersonville City Council consideration"

David A. Mann of the Jeffersonville News & Tribune reported June 16th in a story that begins:The Jeffersonville City Council...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Environment - "EPA secrecy on coal-ash list worries lawmakers: Some of 44 'high hazard' sites might be in Kentucky, Indiana"; My thoughts

James S. Bruggers writes today in the Louisville Courier Journal:The Environmental Protection Agency has identified 44 "high hazard" coal-ash piles...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 13, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Environment - Indiana bat endangered by wind farms?

Bats are already at serious risk because of a fungus -- this May 6th story in the Chicago Tribune is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 11, 2009

Environment - U.S. Steel Toxic landfill cap gets approval

Andy Grimm reports today in the Gary Post-Tribune:GARY -- After more than 20 years of delay, a 7-square-mile landfill holding...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 11, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Ind. Decisions - Judge McKinney imposes major sanctions in a second trial this year

Recall the case of U.S. v. Cinergy, et al. (see list of ILB entries here), where in a Dec. 18th...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Monday, June 08, 2009

Environment - Impact of massive coal ash spill, nearly 6 months later

Updating this long list of ILB entries on coal ash, retention ponds, and the massive spill in Tennessee last December,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 08, 2009

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Environment - More on "Court Declares Indiana Right to Farm Act Constitutional"

The Indiana Court of Appeals Jan. 12th decision in Donald J. Lindsey and Jacquelyn Lindsey v. Johannes DeGroot, et al,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 06, 2009

Environment - "Plans for hog farm are on hold: State lacks regulation, rural neighbors assert"

Following up on its story from June 4th, quoted in this ILB entry, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 06, 2009

Friday, June 05, 2009

Environment - Still more on: "EPA cites BP's Whiting refinery for Clean Air Act violations"

Updating yesterday's entry, here is an expanded Gary Post-Tribune story on "Congressmen demand BP probe." In addition, a formal "Notice...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 05, 2009

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Environment - More on: "EPA cites BP's Whiting refinery for Clean Air Act violations"

Updating this ILB entry from Tuesday, Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports this afternoon:MERRILLVILLE - Nineteen members of Congress...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 04, 2009

Environment - "Obama appoints Cameron Davis as Great Lakes czar" [Updated]

So reports the NWI Times in a brief story. [Updated 6/5/09] A longer story today, headed "Great Lakes czar has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 04, 2009

Environment - "Plans for hog farm are on hold: State lacks regulation, rural neighbors assert"

Angela Mapes Turner of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has a long report today -- some quotes:Homeowners south of New...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 04, 2009

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Environment - "EPA cites BP's Whiting refinery for Clean Air Act violations"

Posted this afternoon by the NWI Times, the story begins:CHICAGO | BP's Whiting Refinery emitted a cancer-causing toxin in excess...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Environment - "Petitions filed to appeal federal water permits for megadairies"

This story today in the Richmond Palladium-Item reports:Federal wastewater permits approved earlier this month for two area megadairies have been...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 30, 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009

Ind. Decisions - "Duke Energy Ordered to Shut Indiana Coal Power Units"

Andrew M. Harris reports for Bloomberg News:Cinergy Corp., now part of Duke Energy Corp., was ordered by a U.S. judge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 29, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Ind. Law - "Plymouth motel pays price for meth cleanup"

Updating earlier ILB entries, including this one from March 30, 2009 ( "Meth lab cleanup a hassle for landlords"), and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

Environment - More on "Feds warn state agency on pollution enforcement"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune has a different take today:The U.S. Environmental Protection...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 25, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Environment - "Feds warn state agency on pollution enforcement"

Mark Wilson reports in the Evansville Courier & Press:U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say they will watch Indiana closely to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 24, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

Ind. Courts - More on: "Duke wins four of six in in EPA power plant lawsuit"

Updating the ILB entry from May 20th, Robin Bravender of the NY Times reported yesterday:An Indiana jury sided Tuesday with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 22, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Environment - More on "Federal authorities are investigating the Lake County Health Department, probing allegations that employees there were falsifying drinking water tests"

Updating this ILB entry from May 13th, Christine Kraly of the NWI Times reports today under the headline "Materials pulled...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 21, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

Environment - "Well project tests storage of carbon dioxide"

James Bruggers, environmental reporter for the Louisville Courier Journal, has a long and informative article today on testing of underground...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 15, 2009

Environment - "Owners say IDEM should pay for manure cleanup"

Updating a long list of earlier ILB entries, including the May 11th "Who cleans up if a hog farm goes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 15, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Environment - More on "Former coal lobbyist tapped for key enforcement role at IDEM"

Updating this ILB entry from May 10th, that quoted from a Gary Post-Tribune story which was later syndicated across the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Environment - "Federal authorities are investigating the Lake County Health Department, probing allegations that employees there were falsifying drinking water tests"

That from this story in the NWI Times today by Christine Kraly....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Environment - More on "New Indiana regulations aim to protect Ohio River paddlefish"

On Sept. 19, 2007 the ILB posted an entry, quoting an AP story, that reported that DNR had approved "emergency...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Environment - "Two megadairies get federal wastewater permits: Appeal periods for Liberty Dairy, Union-Go Dairy end later this month"

The story in the Richmond Palladium-Item today, reported by Pam Tharp, begins:Two area megadairies cleared hurdles last week when the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Environment - "Millions of gallons of hog manure spilled: State officials believe the discharge might have been deliberate"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, headed "Who cleans up if a hog farm goes bankrupt?", it appears things have gone from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Environment - "Scores of Indiana homes contaminated by meth labs sit abandoned"

The ILB had a comprehensive entry on March 30th, headed "Meth lab cleanup a hassle for landlords" and quoting a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 10, 2009

Environment - "Former coal lobbyist tapped for key enforcement role at IDEM"

Gitte Laasby reports today in the Gary Post-Tribune, in a long story that begins:MERRILLVILLE -- Meet David Joest. In his...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 10, 2009

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Environment - Still more on: Who cleans up if a hog farm goes bankrupt?

Updating several earlier ILB entries, Seth Slabaugh's story today in the Muncie Star-Press is headlined "Taxpayers face $405,000 manure bill."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 09, 2009

Friday, May 08, 2009

Environment - W.R. Grace Acquitted in Asbestos Case

Kirk Johnson reports in the NY Times this afternoon. The story begins:A federal court jury on Friday acquitted the big...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 08, 2009

Environment - "BP, environmentalists debate oil sand"

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post Tribune reports today:PORTAGE -- With BP Whiting's expansion, the fight over oil sands has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 08, 2009

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Environment - "Experts weigh toxic threat from coal ash: New regulations may consider it hazardous waste"

James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier Journal has this story today, that begins:LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A senior U.S. Environmental Protection...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Environment - "Further briefing due in pollution case"

This item posted by Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSBlog will be of interest to environmental lawyers -- it deals with the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Monday, May 04, 2009

Environment - Supreme Court Curtails Superfund Liability [Updated]

The SCOTUS decision today in Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway v. United States is the topic of a brief...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 04, 2009

Environment - "Pollutants Scrubbed From Smokestacks Are Being Diverted Into Waterways"

Juliet Eilperin reports today in the Washington Post, in a story that begins:Faced with new evidence that utilities across the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 04, 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Environment - "EPA seizes Crestwood Illinois files: Raid comes after tainted-well report"

All in all, this is a pretty amazing set of stories. On April 19th the Chicago Tribune published a story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Environment - More on: Track swine flu via google maps [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from April 28th, here is an article on the Pittsburgh researchers behind the online tracking map....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Environment - Indiana Court of Appeals named as a Law Office Climate Challenge Partner by the ABA

From a release issued yesterday:NDIANAPOLIS – The Court of Appeals of Indiana is pleased to be named as a Law...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Environment - "After near-record lows, Lake Michigan's water level rises nearly 2 feet"

A lengthy story Sunday in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, by Dan Egan, reported:Lake Michigan is on the rebound after flirting with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Environment - Track swine flu via google maps

Check it out here. The map takes a moment to populate. Then move the slider bar down to get a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Environment - "Without Superfund Tax, Stimulus Aids Cleanups"

A long story today in the NY Times, reported by John M. Broder, begins:VINELAND, N.J. — The Superfund program to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 26, 2009

Environment - "Officials in Three States Pin Water Woes on Gas Drilling"

This lengthy story by Abrahm Lustgarten of ProPublica appears today in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (here) and the Albany Times-Union. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 26, 2009

Environment - "IDEM slow to resolve enviro permit issues"

Gitte Laasby, environmental reporter for the Gary Post-Tribune, has a lengthy story today on IDEM's permit review process and its...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 26, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Environment - "Indiana ranks near bottom in environmental issues"

The devastating front-page, Earth Day story in the Indianapolis Star is reported by Mark Alesia, Heather Gillers and Tim Evans....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

Environment - Federal bill would ensure protection of wetlands

Gittle Laasby reports today in the Gary Post-Tribune in a story that begins:Many wetlands and streams that help reduce the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 20, 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009

Environment - Two wind farm groundbreakings in Indiana this week

The ILB has had a number of entries about wind farms. Today Tom Spalding reports in the Indianapolis Star:Indianapolis Power...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 17, 2009

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Environment - Gary Post-Tribune reporter honored for enviromental coverage

From a story today in the Post-Trib:The Alliance for the Great Lakes, an environmental advocacy group, has selected Gitte Laasby...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 05, 2009

Friday, April 03, 2009

Environment - Cooler head than mine at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

All the ILB can say about this item by Al Kamen of the Washington Post in his "In the Loop"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 03, 2009

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Ind. Gov't. - "Open records law needs changes"

That is the heading to this editorial today in the Gary Post-Tribune. It begins:Indiana citizens have no legal right to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 02, 2009

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Environment - SCOTUS rules on use of cost-benefit analysis in at least some CWA applications

SCOTUSBlog reported earlier today:The Court has released the opinion in Entergy Corp. v. EPA (07-588), on the Clean Water Act...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Environment - "Megadairy review continues: Latest design submitted to IDEM includes earthquake provisions"

Pam Tharp has a long story today in the Richmond Palladium-Item, on Liberty Dairy LLC, a 2,500-cow megadairy proposed last...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Ind. Law - "It's the Law: Burning yard waste can lead to troubles"

Ken Kosky's NWI Times' "It's the Law" column for today, looks at illegal burning. Some quotes:Fire officials say it's common,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 30, 2009

Ind. Law - "Meth lab cleanup a hassle for landlords"

On August 6, 2006, the ILB posted this entry, headed: "Who should pay price for meth messes?" Here is what...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 30, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Environment - "Benzene-laden groundwater has been seeping into Lake Michigan from an old tank farm at U.S. Steel Gary Works"

Gitte Laasby reports today in the Gary Post-Tribune in a story that begins:For several years, benzene-laden groundwater has been seeping...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 29, 2009

Environment - Even more on: Major pipeline break near Indiana border

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 5, 2008, Len Wells of the Evansville Courier & Press reports today:ELLERY, Ill. —...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 29, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ind. Courts - "Lawsuit targets Lake County polluters" [Updated]

The AP's Charles Wilson has this story today in the NWI Times. Some quotes:INDIANAPOLIS | Ron Kurth grew up in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Environment - "EPA to Scrutinize Permits for Mountaintop-Removal Mining"

The ILB has had many entries on mountaintop mining, including "Coal Industry Wins a Round on Mountaintop Mining" from Feb....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ind. Law - More on: Governor signs first bill of 2009 session

Updating yesterday's ILB entry on the Governor's signing of SEA 423, Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Press has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ind. Law - Governor signs first bill of 2009 session

The Governor's 2009 Bill Watch site is now up. The first bill of the 2009 signed into law by the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

Environment - "Lawmakers consider next step for CAFO bill"

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 19th, Pam Tharp reports today in the Richmond Palladium-Item in a story that begins:LIBERTY,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 23, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Environment - "Natural Gas, Suddenly Abundant, Is Cheaper "

Here are earlier ILB entries on SB 423, the bill that puts the State into the coal-to-gas financing business. Specifically,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 21, 2009

Environment - More on: "State offers loan for Dana site cleanup"

Updating this ILB entry from March 19th, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has this editorial today, retracing the situation that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 21, 2009

Friday, March 20, 2009

Environment - "Corporations’ “water footprint” — assessing their water use and pollution — should be disclosed in SEC financial reports"

Barry B. Burr reported in Pensions & Investments on Feb. 26th that:Corporations’ “water footprint” — assessing their water use and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 20, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Environment - "State offers loan for Dana site cleanup" [Update]

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 11th, Becky Manley of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports today in a story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 19, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Environment - "Stimulus Money Puts Clean Coal Projects on a Faster Track"

That is the headline to this story by Matthew L. Wald of the NY Times, dateline Edwardsport, Indiana. Some quotes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

Environment - More on: State legislation re the financing of a coal-to-gas plant near Rockport close to passage

Updating this ILB entry from March 13th, Eric Bradner of the Evansville Courier & Press is reporting this afternoon:The Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 16, 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Environment - More on: State legislation re the financing of a coal-to-gas plant near Rockport close to passage

Updating this ILB entry from March 13th, concerning Senate Bill 423, which passed second reading last week and will be...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 15, 2009

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Environment - "Dr. Anderson at first couldn’t figure out why he was seeing patient after patient with MRSA in a small Indiana town" [Updated]

A reader has pointed me to an op-ed piece by Nicholas D. Kristof in the March 11th issue of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 14, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

Environment - State legislation re the financing of a coal-to-gas plant near Rockport close to passage

Updating the second half of this ILB entry from March 8th, Mark Wilson reports today in the Evansville Courier &...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 13, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Environment - More on "EPA Orders Utilities to Self-Report Coal Ash Impoundment Problems"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Rick Callahan of the AP reports today:INDIANAPOLIS – A federal review of the nation's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Environment - "EPA Orders Utilities to Self-Report Coal Ash Impoundment Problems"

From a release posted by the Environment News Service:WASHINGTON, DC, March 9, 2009 (ENS) - Responding to the coal ash...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Friday, March 06, 2009

Ind. Decisions - "Ind. regulators can be tougher than feds"

The Supreme Court's denial of transfer last week in the case of Indiana Department of Environmental Management v. Steel Dynamics,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 06, 2009

Environment - Clean coal in Illinois, coal gasification in Indiana

"New Life for 'Clean Coal' Project: Illinois Plant Was Abandoned by Bush; Now Its Backers Are in Power" is the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 06, 2009

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Ind. Decisions - Still more on: Transfer list for week ending Feb. 27, 2009

In this post earlier today I said I would have more later on the 3rd decision of note denied transfer...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 05, 2009

Environment - "Pick of the Chick" in the news again

Updating these two ILB entries on "Pick of the Chick," Alicia Gallegos of the South Bend Tribune reports today:A St....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 05, 2009

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Environment - More on: "IDEM updates compliance and enforcement policy to reflect changes to agency structure"

Updating yesterday's ILB, Gitte Laasby reports today in the Gary Post-Tribune in a story that begins:The Indiana Department of Environmental...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Environment - "Prison for toxic polluter;" Hassan Barrel site in Fort Wayne

An ILB entry from July 4, 2007 quotes an AP story headed "Company president indicted over toxic waste storage." Today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Monday, March 02, 2009

Environment - "IDEM updates compliance and enforcement policy to reflect changes to agency structure"

IDEM has today issued a press release headed "IDEM updates compliance and enforcement policy to reflect changes to agency structure."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 02, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

Ind. Decisions - Mishawaka loses bid to hold Uniroyal liable for Mishawaka’s clean up costs

Christopher A. Nuechterlein, United States Magistrate Judge for the ND Indiana, South Bend, ruled yesterday in a 14-page opinion, City...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 27, 2009

Environment - More on: "Indiana ash ponds pollute bird habitat, drinking water: Situation prompts look at coal-waste storage standards"

"Concerns over ash pond pollution grows" is the headline to a story today in USA Today, reported by James Bruggers....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 27, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Environment - Wood stoves and wood-fired outdoor boilers still a problem

The ILB has had dozens of entries, going back as far as Dec. 2005, on the regulation of wood-fired outdoor...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Environment - "Yet One More Bush EPA Air Rule Goes Down"

Interesting post by Jonathan Adler of The Volokh Conspriacy, that includes this statement:[I]t is remarkable how poorly the Bush Administration's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

Environment - "Indiana ash ponds pollute bird habitat, drinking water: Situation prompts look at coal-waste storage standards"

That is the headline to this long story today by James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier Journal:PRINCETON, Ind.— The ash...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 23, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

Environment - Still more on: Impact of IDEM enforcement changes?

Updating ILB entries from yesterday, Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today:Indiana Department of Environmental Management will not make...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 20, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Courts - "Roane residents file suit against TVA for ash spill "

Law suits are being filed as a result of the TVA coal ash spill (see ILB entries here) last December...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 19, 2009

Environment - Still more on: "CAFO regulation proposals will return to Indiana General Assembly in eight bills"

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 11th, where Richmond Pallidium-Item correspondent Pam Tharp reported:Ag committee Chairman Phil Pflum, D-Milton, said...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 19, 2009

Environment - More on: Impact of IDEM enforcement changes?

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, the Indianapolis Star today is channeling a lengthy USA Today story by Rick...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 19, 2009

Environment - Impact of IDEM enforcement changes?

Today US EPA Region 5 officials visit the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to discuss, among other things, changes in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 19, 2009

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Environment - More on "Memo details TVA editing of response to ash spill"

Remember this ILB entry from Jan. 23rd, where the TVA changed a talking points memo so that "catastrophic" was replaced...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 14, 2009

Environment - "Coal Industry Wins a Round on Mountaintop Mining"

Andrew C. Revkin of the NY Times reports:The latest in a series of federal court rulings on mountaintop coal mining...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 14, 2009

Friday, February 13, 2009

Court - "Supreme Court Justices to Weigh Superfund Cleanup Liability"

Marcia Coyle writes in The National Law Journal in a lengthy article:The two Superfund cases that the high court have...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 13, 2009

Environment - "Indiana lawmakers and Gov. Mitch Daniels are making another attempt to resurrect a proposed coal-to-gas plant"

That is the lede to Bryan Corbin's lengthy story in the Evansville Courier & Press today. Some quotes:Indiana lawmakers and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 13, 2009

Environment - TVA coal ash spill cleanup could cost $825 million

Updating a long list of ILB entries on coal ash, including this one from Jan. 9th including a list prepared...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 13, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Environment - More on: Indianapolis law firm reviews Randolph County proposed CAFO regs

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 20th, and this long list of ILB entries involving Delaware County and CAFOs, Seth...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 12, 2009

Environment - "Ethanol, Just Recently a Savior, Is Struggling "

That is the heading of this story by Clifford Krauss today in the NY Times that begins: Barely a year...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 12, 2009

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Environment - Yet more on: Cleanup of Angola's former Dana site

Updating earlier ILB entries, the Angola Herald-Republican reports today, in a story by Mike Marturello:If the lack of phone calls,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Environment - More on: "CAFO regulation proposals will return to Indiana General Assembly in eight bills"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 18th, Pam Tharp of the Richmond Palladium-Item reports today in a story headed "CAFO...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Monday, February 09, 2009

Environment - More on: NIPSCO: Disposal of coal ash in NW Indiana safe [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 18, where Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post Tribune reported that NIPSCO is the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 09, 2009

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Environment - "Environmental Views, Past and Present "

The NY Times has a lengthy and balenced article today, authored by John M. Broder, Andrew C. Revkin, Felicity Barringer,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 07, 2009

Environment - More on "Techniques that have dramatically reduced contamination at beaches in Racine, Wis."

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 5th, Gitte Laasby had a story yesterday in the Gary Post-Tribune that reported:Gary and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 07, 2009

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Environment - "Techniques that have dramatically reduced contamination at beaches in Racine, Wis."

Laurie Wink has an interesting article today in the Michigan City News-Dispatch:Beach advisories and closings at Racine's North Beach went...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 05, 2009

Monday, February 02, 2009

Environment - "Pollution control at issue: Lawmakers push to reverse policy"

Eric Bradner has this report today in the Evansville Courier & Press. Some quotes from the lengthy story:Democratic state lawmakers...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 02, 2009

Environment - "Hoosier streams still have high levels of mercury: Reduction in air emissions isn't reflected in water"

Shari Rudavsky reports in the Indianapolis Star today in a lengthy, front-page story that begins:Levels of mercury remain high in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 02, 2009

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Environment - Yet more on: IDEM dissolves office of enforcement

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 19, where I noted that although a pending IDEM guidance document on Compliance and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 01, 2009

Environment - Hazardous chemical and liquid fertilizer spills in the news

"Toxic soup in St. Marys: Chemicals spill from Essex Group; river ice masks extent of fish kill" is the headline...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 01, 2009

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Environment - Leaking underground storage tanks force Muncie plaintiff out of his house

Seth Slabaugh reports today in the Muncie Star-Press:MUNCIE — For years, the owners of a former gasoline station failed to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 31, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Environment - "IDEM director gets statehouse grilling"

John Byrne's story today in the Gary Post-Tribune reports:State Department of Environmental Management Commissioner Thomas Easterly faced a barrage of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Environment - "IDEM accuses a second ECI bioenergy firm of environmental violations"

Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press reports today on two enforcement actions brought against Indiana bio-energy producers. The first:Last year,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 25, 2009

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Environment - "Some worried over Southern Indiana wood-burning power plant"

From an AP story in the Evansville Courier & Press:MILLTOWN, Ind. — A plan to build a $90 million wood-burning...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 24, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Environment - "Memo details TVA editing of response to ash spill"

This story by AP reporter Duncan Mansfield, appearing today in the Lexington Herald-Leader, begins:KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The massive coal ash...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 23, 2009

Environment - Still more on "U.S. EPA raises concerns about IDEM changes"

Following up on the Gary Post-Tribune story yesterday (see here and here), Gitte Laasby has a related story today. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 23, 2009

Environment - More on "U.S. EPA raises concerns about IDEM changes"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, here, thanks to the Gary Post-Tribune, is a copy of the Jan. 20, 2009 USEPA letter...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 23, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court decision in South Bend Studebaker cleanup case posted

Posted by the Court late this afternoon: Cooper Industries, LLC v. City of South Bend, a 32-page, 5-0 opinion authored...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 22, 2009

Environment - Still more on: Cleanup of Angola's former Dana site

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 19th, Becky Manley of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports today:After weeks of discussion...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 22, 2009

Environment - "U.S. EPA raises concerns about IDEM changes"

Gittle Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today:Recent changes in enforcement at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management are not...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 22, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Environment - West Virginia DEP orders review of its fly ash impoundments

From an AP story this afternoon:CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia is taking a closer look at 18 fly ash impoundments...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Environment - Indianapolis law firm reviews Randolph County proposed CAFO regs

Seth Slabaugh reports today in the Muncie Star-Press:[T]he Indianapolis law firm Bose McKinney & Evans, which reviewed draft CAFO regulations...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

Environment - More on: Cleanup of Angola's former Dana site

Here is the background on the issuing involving cleanup of Angola's former Dana site. Today WLKI Angola reports:A proposed clean...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 19, 2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Environment - NIPSCO: Disposal of coal ash in NW Indiana safe

After the recent news of a massive coal ash spill in Tennessee, Gitte Laasby and Erik Potter of the Gary...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 18, 2009

Environment - "County right to expect more from IDEM"

Pick of the Chick Egg Farm, in St. Joseph County, which was the subject of a South Bend Tribune story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 18, 2009

Environment - "CAFO regulation proposals will return to Indiana General Assembly in eight bills"

Pam Tharp has a long and comprehensive article today in the Richmond Paladium-Item that begins:The battle over regulating concentrated animal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 18, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Environment - "Tennessee coal ash accident should be lesson to Indiana"

So reads the headline to this abbreviated editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 16, 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Environment - A new environmental rule review board to ensure "no more stringent" rules

This would be SB 79, which the ILB wrote about as the second item in this entry Jan. 11th. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Environment - Many environmental stories today

Recycling. Following up on earlier ILB entries on IDEM cutbacks (such as this one from Jan. 3rd), John Ketzenberger, business...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 11, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Environment - Cleanup of Angola's former Dana site

Here is the background on the issuing involving cleanup of Angola's former Dana site. Today the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 10, 2009

Friday, January 09, 2009

Environment - "Coal ash risks loom in Indiana"

Following on a lengthy list of ILB entries on power plant coal ash, the Indianapolis Star has now posted a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 09, 2009

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Environment - Still more on: "Ex-Dana site fueling fears; Angola eyes cleanup plan"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Becky Manley reports today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette under a headline that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 08, 2009

Envirtonment - More on coal ash; costs of coal-gasification

Coal ash. James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier Journal has a report today that begins:Coal ash ponds at several power...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 08, 2009

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Environment - Still more on: "Spill renews debate over coal ash: Toxicity, slurry pond safety are questioned" [Updated]

Updating earlier ILB entries, including this latest from Dec. 30th, 2008, James Bruggers reports today in the Louisville Courier Journal....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Environment - More on: "Ex-Dana site fueling fears; Angola eyes cleanup plan"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 31st, 2008, Becky Manley reports today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:The cleanup of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Ind. Decisions - New trial ordered by judge in pollution suit against New Albany power plant that jury rejected

On Dec. 21st the ILB had this entry, which included a link to this Dec. 18th order (#1506) in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 04, 2009

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Environment - "Protect our environment, even in not-so-good times"

That is the headline of this editorial today in the Indianapolis Star. Some quotes:One of the unfortunate victims of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 03, 2009

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Environment - "IDEM suspends grants for pollution prevention, recycling"

Two stories today: Gitte Laasby has this report in the Gary Post-Tribune; Rick Callahan of the AP has this report....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Environment - "Ex-Dana site fueling fears; Angola eyes cleanup plan"

Becky Manley reports today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on the question of who is responsible for cleanup costs...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Environment - More on: "Spill renews debate over coal ash: Toxicity, slurry pond safety are questioned"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 27th, see this NY Times story today by Shaila Dewan, headed "At Plant in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Environment - "IDEM stops giving fines, punishments"

The Gary Post-Tribune has a story today by Gitte Laasby that begins:MERRILLVILLE -- The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 28, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Environment - "Environmentalists worry about Ind. agency changes"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 24th, the Peru Tribune today has a long AP story that includes these quotes:INDIANAPOLIS...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 27, 2008

Environment - Governor's office decrys reporter's use of public records law

This is about environment, and it is also about Indiana government. Gitte Laasby, environmental reporter for the Gary Post-Tribune, sent...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 27, 2008

Environment - "Spill renews debate over coal ash: Toxicity, slurry pond safety are questioned"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 25th, James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier Journal has this long story today. First,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 27, 2008

Friday, December 26, 2008

Environment - "Coal Ash Spill Revives Issue of Its Hazards"

That is the headline to a lengthy story published Dec. 24 in the NY Times. Some quotes:KINGSTON, Tenn. — What...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 26, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Environment - "IDEM actions raise eyebrows, questions"

Here is a story, reported by Rod Shaw, that appeared in the Dec. 23rd edition of the Martinsville Reporter-Times:Activists and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Enironment - Even more on: DC Circuit strikes down the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR)

James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier Journal reports today on yesterday's action by the DC COA (reported here by the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Enironment - Still more on: DC Circuit strikes down the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR)

Updating there earlier ILB entries, this afternoon Cary O’Reilly and Bob Van Voris of Bloomberg News are reporting: Dec. 23...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Environment - Still more on: Who is responsible for cleanup costs?

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 2, here again are some quotes from the earlier WLKI story:Steuben County Commissioners and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 19, 2008

Environment - Still more on: IDEM dissolves office of enforcement

Updating earlier ILB entries from Dec. 14th and Dec. 16th, today the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has this editorial. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 19, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Environment - Still more on "Local air quality controls dealt blow"

Supplementing earlier ILB entries on IDEM's termination of state air monitoring contracts with Indianapolis and Evansville, and Terre Haute, is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Environment - More on: IDEM dissolves office of enforcement

Updating this ILB entry from Sunday Dec. 14th, quoting Gitte Laasby's lengthy story in the Gary Post-Tribune that began:The Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Environment. - IDEM dissolves office of enforcement

So reports Gitte Laasby this morning in the Gary Post-Tribune. From the story:The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is dissolving...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 14, 2008

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Environment - "EPA Issues Exemptions for Hazardous Waste, Factory Farms"

From a story today in the Washington Post, by R. Jeffrey Smith:The Environmental Protection Agency issued a new regulation yesterday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 13, 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

Environment - Tracking "Midnight Regulations"

The ILB has had several entries on "midnight regulations," including this one from Nov. 20th and this one from Nov....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 12, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Environment - "Obama Team Set on Environment"

From today's NY Times, a long story. Here is just a paragraph:The officials said Mr. Obama would name Steven Chu,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 11, 2008

Environment - More on "Local air quality controls dealt blow"

Supplementing this long ILB entry yesterday on the termination of state air monitoring contracts with Indianapolis and Evansville is this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Environment - More on "IDEM parses news reports for governor"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 7th, the Gary Post -Tribune has an editorial today headed "What is Daniels trying...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ind. Decisions - Yesterday's Raybestos ruling [Updated]

The Supreme Court's opinion yesterday in the case of Indiana Department of Environmental Management v. Raybestos Products Co. (see ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Environment - " Local air quality controls dealt blow"

The Evansville Courier & Press had this story Dec. 2, reported by Mark Wilson. Some quotes: Evansville officials fear a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Environment - "Indiana to head Great Lakes protection"

A report today by Christine Kraly of the NWI Times begins:CHICAGO | On the first day of a federal regulation...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Environment - "IDEM parses news reports for governor"

That is the headline to this story today in the Gary Post-Tribune by their environmental reporter, Gitte Laasby. The story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 07, 2008

Environment - Great Lakes Compact set to go into effect Monday

That according to this story today by Lauri Harvey Keagle of the NWI Times....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 07, 2008

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Environment - More on: "At the Last Minute, a Raft of Rules"

"Last-minute rule changes" is the heading of an editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. And on NPR's Weekend...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 06, 2008

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Environment - "BP's sale of pollution-control bonds is part of a controversial plan to expand its refinery in Whiting, Ind."

For a good update on the BP project in NW Indiana, see this report today in The Bond Buyer that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 04, 2008

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Environment - More on "High Court Case Tests Power Plants' Water Rules"

The Washington Post today has an editorial on the power plant intake cases argued yesterday before the Supreme Court. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Environment - Legislator to introduce two CAFO bills

From a press release issued this afternoon:INDIANAPOLIS – People seeking to start confined feeding operations in Indiana would be required...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Environment - More on: Who is responsible for cleanup costs?

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, WLKI News is reporting today:(ANGOLA) - Steuben County Commissioners and Angola City Council members met with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Environment - "High Court Case Tests Power Plants' Water Rules"

Today, according to SCOTUS Blog, the U.S. Supreme Court "will hear argument in Entergy Corp. v. EPA (07-588) and two...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Monday, December 01, 2008

Environment - Who is responsible for cleanup costs?

From WKLI News:(ANGOLA) - The future of the Univertical plant in Angola is scheduled to be discussed during tonights Angola...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 01, 2008

Courts - Still more on: U.S. seeks clarity on muddy Rapanos ruling

Apparently it isn't going to get it. Updating this earllier entry, Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSBlog writes today:The Supreme Court refused...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 01, 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Environment - "At the Last Minute, a Raft of Rules"

This lengthy story today in the Washington Post, reported by R. Jeffrey Smith and Juliet Eilperin, gives good background on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 30, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

Environment - "EPA, Interior Dept. Chiefs Will Be Busy Erasing Bush's Mark"

The Washington Post today has two stories on prospects for heads of EPA and Interior. See them here and here....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 28, 2008

Environment - "'Clean coal' plant rises amid ill winds"

Updating a long list of earlier ILB entries on the Edwardsport plant, Rick Callahan of the AP has this lengthy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 28, 2008

Environment - Landowners in the West forming cooperative associations to deal with wind power developers

Following on a list of earlier ILB entries on the development of wind power, the NY Times has a long...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 28, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Environment - More on - "President of Wabash Environmental Technologies charged with environmental crimes"

The first ILB entry on this was Sept. 15, 2006. Here is a long list of entries that followed. Today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 16, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Environment - "U.S. undercuts clean-air rule"

A story today in the Chicago Tribune, written by Michael Hawthorne, begins:Looking to bolster the fight against childhood lead poisoning,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 14, 2008

Law - More on "Democrats Eye Bush Midnight Regulations"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 11th, Erika Lovley and Ryan Grim of Politico had a lengthy story Nov. 12th,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 14, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Environment - IDNR deputy director told Shelby County officials that he also had some "fence mending" to do with officials with IDEM

"DNR official apologizes to county over logjam misunderstanding" is the headline to a story by Ron Hamilton of the Shelbyville...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Environment - "Rules for big livestock farms"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 6th (2nd item), the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette editorializes today:Federal environmental regulators finally released...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 08, 2008

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Environment - Pollution Dilution; New EPA CAFO Rules; Other EPA Action

Pollution Dilution. Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post Tribune reports:BP says the diffuser it plans to use to dilute wastewater...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 06, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Environment - "Coal plant foes seek Daniels' e-mails" [Updated]

A number of Indiana papers today are carrying this AP story by Rick Callahan. Some quotes:Opponents of Duke Energy Corp.’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Environment - "EPA to Loosen Controls On Power-Plant Pollution"

Siobhan Hughes of the WSJ is reporting today:WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is moving to adopt rules that would loosen...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 27, 2008

Ind. Courts - "Fight over Boone Co. turbines headed to court"

Richard Essex of WTHR 13 Eyewitness News had this interesting report Sunday:Lebanon - A lawsuit between two Lebanon neighbors is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 27, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Environment - "How Green Is the High Court? Five cases put environmental laws to the test"

Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal has a lengthy report today that begins:Is the U.S. Supreme Court hostile to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 24, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Environment - More on: Who cleans up if a hog farm goes bankrupt?

Updating this ILB entry from April 11th, and this one from Dec. 1, 2007, Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Environment - "Federal Officials Seek to Relax Rules for Dumping Mine Waste"

Be sure to view the photo accompanying this AP story today on mountaintop mining in the New York Times. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 19, 2008

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Environment - Union-Go CAFO gets draft permit to expand

Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star- Press has a story today that begins:The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is being...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Environment - Still more on: Major pipeline break near Indiana border

Updating this ILB entry from August 17th, Len Wells of the Evansville Courier & Press reports in a story that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 05, 2008

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Environemnt - Great Lakes Compact now law

From the AP. From the Gary P-T. From the NWI Times. See list of many earlier ILB entries here....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 04, 2008

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Environment - "EPA cites BP for Clean Air Act violations" [Updated 10/3/08]

So reports Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune in a breaking story that begins:BP began its Whiting expansion project three...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 02, 2008

Environment - "An Increasingly Environmental Term"

That is the heading of an entry by Jonathan Adler on The Volokh Conspiracy that lists and discusses six grants...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 02, 2008

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Environment - "Shuttered EPA libraries to open doors tomorrow after two years"

From a release issued by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which begins:Washington, DC — Under orders from Congress, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008

Environment - Resources for Indiana environmental lawyers

The 2008 edition of the Indiana Environmental Statutes (I am the editor) is now available from the Indiana State Bar...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 29, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Environment - "EPA Needs More Information and a Clearly Defined Strategy to Protect Air and Water Quality from Pollutants of Concern"

That is the title to a just published, 85-page report of the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Here is the summary...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Environment - More on "Ban Near on Diverting Water From Great Lakes"

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune has just reported:The Great Lakes Compact just passed the U.S. House of Representatives by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Environment - "Ban Near on Diverting Water From Great Lakes"

So reports Susan Saulny of the NY Times today in a story that begins:The House began debate Monday on a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Environment - Still more on: Kentucky judge orders state to rehear permit for coal-fired power plant

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 3, 2007, reporting on "a decision on Aug. 6 by Judge Thomas Wingate that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Environment - "Burning Issue: As wood stoves gain popularity, air-quality concerns rise"

The ILB has had many entries about outdoor, wood fired furnaces or boilers. Yesterday the WSJ had a long article...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Environment - "The state of the White River: Cleaner, but room for improvement"

Yesterday was the day of the White River cleanup, as reported today by Carrie Ritchie of the Indianapolis Star:Their effort...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ind. Courts - Still more on Rockies Express Pipeline suing Indiana counties

The ILB has had a number of entries about the Rockies Express Pipeline making its way across Indiana. The next...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 14, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

Environment - Poultry waste to receive unprecedented scrutiny in Maryland

David A. Fahrenthold of the Washington Post reports today in a story that begins:Maryland regulators today will announce the tightest-ever...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 12, 2008

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Environment - More on: John Graham to lead IU SPEA

Updating this ILB entry from April 17, 2008, which quoted the IU announcement of Graham's appointment to head SPEA, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 04, 2008

Environment - "Court Tells EPA to Guarantee Kentucky Rules Do Not Allow Significant New Pollution in State’s Waterways"

From a NKY Sierra Club press release:Louisville, KY – Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 04, 2008

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Environment - "Delay of megadairy permits, closure of Brownsville store have commissioners meeting with county attorney today"

Pam Tharp, whose stories appear in the Muncie Star-Press and the Richmond Palladium-Item, reports today in a story that begins:LIBERTY,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Friday, August 29, 2008

Environment- "Great Lakes Compact loophole allows bottled water"

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune has a great story today on the Great Lakes Compact. The story begins:Lawmakers and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 29, 2008

Environment - More on the move to wind power - things to watch for

Recently the ILB posted an entry headed "Porter County braces for future in wind power" (8/25/08) and another headed "In...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 29, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Environment - More on "Plans nixed for BP asphalt plant"

Following up on this story yesterday broken by the Gary Post-Tribune, Christine Kraly of the NWI Times reports today:HAMMOND |...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 28, 2008

Environment - Different takes on water pollution antidegradation rule progress

Patrick Guinance writes today in the NWI Times under the headline "State sees progress on water pollution rule." Some quotes:INDIANAPOLIS...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 28, 2008

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Environment - "Plans nixed for BP asphalt plant"

A story from the Aug. 5, 2007 NWI Times includes this quote:Concerns over BP's compliance with city health and safety...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008

Environment - "Porter County braces for future in wind power"

Charles M. Bartholomew reports in the Gary Post-Tribune:VALPARAISO -- Porter County is in the path of a new industrial wind...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 25, 2008

Environment - More on: "State leaders need to revisit concentrated animal feeding legislation"

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's August 9th editorial on the need to revisit concentrated animal feeding legislation used the proposed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 25, 2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Environment - "Vote in Alaska Puts Question: Gold or Fish? "

William Yardley reports today in a story on page 1 of the NY Times, headlined "Vote in Alaska Puts Question:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 23, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Environment - Interesting item on Angola wastewater treatment

From WLKI Angola:Members of the Angola City Council could not hide their frustrations with the Indiana Department of Enviromental Management...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Environment - "Another EPA air rule goes down"

Read this entry by Jonathan Adler of the Volokh Conspiracy....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Environment - "Delaware County CAFO moratorium clears first hurdle"

So reports Nick Werner today in the Muncie Star-Press in a story that begins:MUNCIE -- A moratorium on the building...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Environment - "In Rural New York, Windmills Can Bring Whiff of Corruption"

A lengthy, fascinating story in Monday's NY Times, by Nicholas Confessore, looks at another aspect of the proliferation of wind...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008

Environment - "U.S. Steel ready to transfer acid sludge"

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today about the potential end of an era at the Gary U.S. Steel...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 18, 2008

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Environment - More on: Major pipeline break near Indiana border

Updating this ILB entry from August 13th, Mark Wilson reports today in the Evansville Courier & Press:If last weekend's oil...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 17, 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Environment - More on: "Attorney says manure could not kill 25,000 fish"

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, on the manure spill last week that allegedly caused an estimated 25,000 fish...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 16, 2008

Environment - Still more on: massive fish kill in Union City

Updating this ILB entry from August 11th, Joy Leiker reports today in the Muncie Star-Press, under the headline "Attorney says...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 16, 2008

Friday, August 15, 2008

Environment - New Hampshire's new law regulating outdoor wood boilers goes into effect

As the ILB wrote in this Feb. 12th entry:The ILB has posted a large number of entries on the possible...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 15, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Environment - Major pipeline break near Indiana border; Last of VX nerve agent eliminated at Newport

Significant oil spill in Illinois. From the Evansville Courier & Press, a story (with map) by Len Wells that begins:GOLDEN...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Environment - More on: Air permit request raises concerns in Allen County

Referencing its lengthy story from Sunday on the pending BF Goodrich air permit application (see ILB entry here), the Fort...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008

Environment - More on: massive fish kill in Union City

Updating this ILB entry from Aug. 8th, Joy Leiker reports today in the Muncie Star-Press:UNION CITY -- The hog farmer...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 11, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Environment - Air permit request raises concerns in Allen County

Dan Stockman of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has a major story today on a BFGoodrich air permit request. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 10, 2008

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Environment - "State leaders need to revisit concentrated animal feeding legislation"

From an editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:A proposal to build a 4,000-hog farm near New Haven brings...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 09, 2008

Friday, August 08, 2008

Environment - Massive fish kill in Union City; Complaints of CAFO permit delay in Union County

Two CAFO stories today. "Fish toll may reach 40,000 from manure spill" is the headline of a story today by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 08, 2008

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Environment - More on: "EPA Closure of Libraries Faulted For Curbing Access to Key Data"

Updating this ILB entry from March 15th, The Volokh Conspiracy reports the good news that the libraries will be reopening...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 03, 2008

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Environment - Great Lakes Compact passes US Senate

Jeff Burton reports in the NWI Times:PORTAGE | The U.S. Senate approved an interstate agreement that creates unified standards for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 02, 2008

Friday, August 01, 2008

Environment - "Indiana's worst beaches not in Porter County"

That is the "good" news. The bad news was published in an AP story in the Porter County-based Chesterton Tribune...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 01, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

Environment - Update on: Mary Gade, regional administrator of U.S. EPA Region 5, resigns

Updating this ILB entry from May 2nd, an EPA press release today announces that Gade's successor has been appointed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 21, 2008

Friday, July 18, 2008

Enironment - More on: DC Circuit strikes down the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR)

Updating this ILB entry from July 11th, James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier Journal reported yesterday, July 17th:An unexpected ruling...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 18, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Environment - More on "Congress asks about trailers made in state"

The ILB last addressed the FEMA trailer/formaldehyde issue on June 5th. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette today has an editorial...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Environment - Bloomington Cleaners undertakes voluntary environmental cleanup; shovel-ready sites

From a June 13th story ($$) by Mercedes Rodriguez in the Bloomington Herald-TimesAbout 120 tons of soil were removed from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Environment - Still more on "Flares at heart of BP air permit appeal"

On June 7th the ILB quoted from a story by Daniel Human of the Gary Post-Tribune:A recent EPA ruling in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 13, 2008

Environment - Update on the drafting of Indiana anti-degradation rule

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today on the status of IDEM's rewriting of the anti-degradation rule. Some quotes:IDEM,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 13, 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Environment - Still more on "Huntington County dairy coming under new management"

Updating this ILB entry from March 26th which quoted a story by Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 12, 2008

Friday, July 11, 2008

Environment - "Bush to partners: 'Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter'" [Updated]

Seriously. See the story from the LA Times ... [Updated 7/12/08] "Decisions Shut Door on Bush Clean-Air Steps " is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 11, 2008

Enironment - DC Circuit strikes down the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR)

The 60-page opinion is here - North Carolina v.EPA. An early AP story by Matt Apuzzo. Some quotes:North Carolina and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 11, 2008

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Environment - "BP Whiting’s air permit challenged" in Federal Court [Updated]

The Gary Post-Tribune this afternoon has a breaking news item by Gitte Laasby:The Natural Resources Defense Council filed an appeal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Environment - "States Approve Compact To Protect Great Lakes"

NPR's Morning Edition this morning had an excellent 5-minute story on the Great Lakes Water Compact and the likeliness of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Environment - "Union Co. group again requests CAFO moratorium"

Pam Tharp reports today in the Richmond Palladium-Item:LIBERTY, Ind. -- Concerned Citizens For Union County has again asked county commissioners...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Monday, July 07, 2008

Environment - Still more on: Rhode Island's Massive Lead Paint Tort Case

Updating this July 1 ILB entry on the Supreme Court of Rhode Island's decision rejecting a massive public nuisance suit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 07, 2008

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Ind. Decisions - "Dams continue to age, but money to fix them in compliance with state standards is scarce"

The Court of Appeals decision June 30th (see ILB entry here) in the case of Indiana Department of Natural Resources...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 06, 2008

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Environment - Great Lakes compact; another BP appeal

Gitte Laasby, environmental reporter for the Gary Post-Tribune, has sent along two news items:Late last night [July 3rd], the Pennsylvania...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 05, 2008

Friday, July 04, 2008

Environment - "Georgia Court Halts Construction of New Coal-Fired Plant"

The subhead to this July 3rd story in Scientific American is: "First-ever thumbs-down by a court based on greenhouse gas...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 04, 2008

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Environment - Bartholomew County hog farmer to pay fine, close operation

Kirk Johannesen has this brief story in the Columbus Republic:A Bartholomew County hog farmer agreed to close his confined feeding...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Environment - More on: Rhode Island's Massive Lead Paint Tort Case

Overturned! That is the word this afternoon. Susan A. Baird of the Providence Business News reports in a long story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Monday, June 30, 2008

Environment - "Congress now focus of Great Lakes compact"

John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer, reports today:TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. | A year ago, it seemed a proposed compact designed to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 30, 2008

Friday, June 27, 2008

Environment - Yet more on: Gary Post-Tribune examines IDEM calls to BP

Updating this ILB entry from June 25th, the Gary Post-Tribnune has an editorial today headed "What is it that IDEM...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 27, 2008

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Environment - More on: Plan Commission rejects request to move Wednesday's meeting to a larger location

Updating this ILB entry from June 21, Pam Tharp reports on the meeting under the headline "Seething crowd in Union...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 26, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Environment - Still more on: Gary Post-Tribune examines IDEM calls to BP

In this ILB entry from June 18, Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reported:The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Environment - Jim Rogers, A Green Coal Baron?

Today's NYT Magazine has a long feature by Clive Thompson that begins:When I met with Jim Rogers one day this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 22, 2008

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Environment - "U.S. May Free Up More Land for Corn Crops"

Today's NY Times has this story by David Streitfeld. Some quotes:CHICAGO — Signs are growing that the government may allow...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 21, 2008

Environment - More on: "Congress asks about trailers made in state"

Updating this ILB entry from June 5th, Maureen Groppe of the Gannett New Service reports today:WASHINGTON -- A congressional committee...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 21, 2008

Environment - Plan Commission rejects request to move Wednesday's meeting to a larger location

Pam Tharp of the Richmond Palladium-Item reports today:LIBERTY, Ind. -- The Union County Area Plan Commission has rejected a request...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 21, 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Environment - More on: Gary Post-Tribune examines IDEM calls to BP

Updating this ILB entry from June 2nd, Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today in a story that begins:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Environment - More on: ELJ to set schedule for BP

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, two stories today on yesterday's hearing on the BP appeals. \ Gette Laasby of the Gary...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Monday, June 16, 2008

Environment - ELJ to set schedule for BP

Gette Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today:A judge will likely determine today how and when three appeals of BP...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 16, 2008

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Environment - "Had IDEM listened, no need for appeal"

So reads the headline to an editorial this Sunday in the Gary Post-Tribune. Some quotes:The challenge to BP's air permit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 08, 2008

Ind. Courts - Still more on "Landowner calls move by pipeline company as intimidation"

Updating this ILB entry from April 1st, the Richmond Palladium-Item had a related article yesterday:INDIANAPOLIS -- An 830-mile natural gas...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 08, 2008

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Environment - More on "Flares at heart of BP air permit appeal"

Updating this ILB entry from June 1st, Daniel Human of the Gary Post-Tribune reports about decision in Illinois in a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 07, 2008

Friday, June 06, 2008

Environment - "CAFO industry threatens lawsuit"

"CAFO industry threatens lawsuit" is the headline to a story this morning by Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 06, 2008

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Environment - "Congress asks about trailers made in state"

Maureen Groppe of Gannett reports today in a story that begins:WASHINGTON -- Congress wants the presidents of four Indiana trailer...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 05, 2008

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Environment - "Corn Prices Rise, Pitting Chickens Against Ethanol"

Cindy Skrzycki writes the Tuesday column, The Regulators, for the Washington Post.. Her column today begins:Taking corn from the mouths...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Monday, June 02, 2008

Environment - Gary Post-Tribune examines IDEM calls to BP

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today under the headline: "IDEM, BP in cahoots on public hearing? Phone calls...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 02, 2008

Environment - "Possible regulation of CAFOs in Delaware County"

Seth Slabaugh reports today for the Muncie Star-Press in a story that begins:MUNCIE -- For the third consecutive year, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 02, 2008

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Environment - "Administration Moves to Avert a Rules Rush"

Charlie Savage and Robert Pear have an important, lengthy, front-page story in Saturday's NY Times, headlined "Administration Moves to Avert...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 01, 2008

Environment - "Flares at heart of BP air permit appeal"

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune has another story today on the BP air permit controversy. Her report begins:WHITING --...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 01, 2008

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Environment - "One new gasification proposal survives in the United States"

"Mounting Costs Slow the Push for Clean Coal" was the headline to a story yesterday on the front-page of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 31, 2008

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Environment - "Just what is an antidegradation policy?"

Reporters in Northwest Indiana have been doing yeoman's work in the environmental area. Today Christine Kraly of the NWI Times...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Monday, May 26, 2008

Environment - Rhode Island's Massive Lead Paint Tort Case

The ILB has had a number of entries on lead paint and on the Rhode Island suit - see the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 26, 2008

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Ind. Decisions - Still more on: "Jury rejects pollution suit against New Albany power plant"

A story today in the Indianapolis Star by John Russell and Erika D. Smith clarifies two fragments of the story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 24, 2008

Friday, May 23, 2008

Ind. Decisions - More on: "Jury rejects pollution suit against New Albany power plant"

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today re the Gallagher plant in New Albany, the Indianapolis Star this afternoon has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 23, 2008

Environment - "Judge sets June 16 prehearing on BP air permit appeals"

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today:The scene is set for a standoff between environmentalists and BP this summer....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 23, 2008

Ind. Decisions - "Jury rejects pollution suit against New Albany power plant"

James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier Journal reports this morning in a story that begins:Jurors decided yesterday that improvements at...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 23, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Environment - "Gulls of another color seen in NW Ind."

The Indianapolis Star picked up an AP story this morning that reports:PORTAGE, Ind. -- Some gulls around northwestern Indiana have...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Not law - Turkey at Texas Courthouse, Deer at Purdue's Lilly Hall

Both broke windows. Both apparently were unharmed. "Turkey flies through Lubbock County Courthouse window, unharmed by hit" reads a story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Environment - More on: Appeals filed with OEA over BP air construction permit grant

Updating this ILB entry from May 13th, Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today:BP Whiting's contentious air permit hit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Environment - Appeals filed with OEA over BP air construction permit grant

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports:A group of Northwest Indiana residents has filed the first appeal of BP Whiting's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Monday, May 12, 2008

Environment - "A century's worth of mud dredged from five miles of the Grand Calumet River lies buried" in a nearby CAMU

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune has an instructive story today about corrective action cleanups. Some quotes:GARY -- Like a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 12, 2008

Friday, May 09, 2008

Environment - More on: Dangers in commencing construction before permit is final

Updating this ILB entry from May 8th, Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune has more today on the BP sir...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 09, 2008

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Environment - Dangers in commencing construction before permit is final

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post Tribune reports today:BP could be forced to stop, alter or tear down construction on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 08, 2008

Monday, May 05, 2008

Environment - "Air rules initiative troubles Amish"

Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette had a very long and very interesting story Sunday on IDEM's interactions...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 05, 2008

Friday, May 02, 2008

Environment - "Union Co. planners pull together CAFO info"

Pam Tharp of the Richmond Palladium-Item has a story today on plans of the Union County Area Plan Commission to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 02, 2008

Environment - IDEM issues BP air construction permit

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today:BP Whiting started construction on its $3.8 billion expansion Thursday after the Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 02, 2008

Environment - Mary Gade, regional administrator of U.S. EPA Region 5, resigns

Michael Hawthorne of the Chicago Tribune reports today in a lengthy story with the headline "EPA official ousted while fighting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 02, 2008

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Environment - "CAFOs rule Randolph commissioner race"

Randolph County has been the site of many CAFO battles, including an "intensive agricultural district " for Randolph County that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Environment - "Interpretation of state law led to 20-day BP public hearing notice"

The Gary Post-Tribune's awarding-winning environmental reporter, Gitte Laasby, has this story today:Indiana Department of Environmental Management officials acted against advice...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 27, 2008

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Environment - "Corn-Based Ethanol Tied to Higher Food Costs"

Siobhan Hughes of the WS Journal reports today:Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said Friday that the growing emphasis on corn-based ethanol...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 19, 2008

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Environment - John Graham to lead IU SPEA

A press release today from Indiana University includes the following:INDIANAPOLIS -- John D. Graham, a former Harvard faculty member and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 17, 2008

Friday, April 11, 2008

Environment - Who cleans up if a hog farm goes bankrupt?

Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press has a story today that begins:EATON -- The Indiana attorney general's office recently asked...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 11, 2008

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Environment - More on "Benton County remains knee-deep in CAFO issues"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 14th, Joe Larson of the Lafayette Journal & Courier reports today in a story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 06, 2008

Environment - Of hogs and corn and ethanol

Jeff Swiatek of the Indianapolis Star has a long story today in the business section of the Indianapolis Star headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 06, 2008

Environment - Does IDEM favor business to the detriment of the environment?

That is the question addressed in this story today by Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune, which begins:For nearly a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 06, 2008

Environment - "'Toxic trailers' raise fears about RVs"

The ILB has had several entries about FEMA "toxic trailers". Start here for background. Today Ted Evanoff of the Indianapolis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 06, 2008

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Environment - More on: Environment - "Huntington County dairy coming under new management"

Updating this ILB entry from Monday, March 24, which quoted an IDEM press release, Niki Kelly reports today in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Environment. - Yet more on: BioTown, USA. Remember little Reynolds, Indiana? Population 500

The ILB has had a number of entries on "BioTown", going back to this one from Sept. 13, 2005, headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Monday, March 24, 2008

Environment - "Huntington County dairy coming under new management"

From a press release issued this afternoon by IDEM:Under an agreement reached with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM),...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 24, 2008

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Environment - "EPA Closure of Libraries Faulted For Curbing Access to Key Data"

A long-time ongoing story got more exposure yesterday with the release of a GAO study. Christopher Lee reported in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 15, 2008

Friday, March 14, 2008

Environment - "Ozone Rules Weakened at Bush's Behest"

Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post reports today in a front-page story that begins:The Environmental Protection Agency weakened one part...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 14, 2008

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Environment - Complaints that public isn't being given enough time to review BP draft air permit

On March 1, Gitte Laasby, environmental reporter for the Gary Post Tribune, wrote:WHITING -- Environmentalists are frustrated and disappointed with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 09, 2008

Environment - National study looking into release of toxic emissions

The EPA farm emissions study has been the subject of several ILB entries, including this one from April 4, 2005,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 09, 2008

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Environment - Drafts of antidegradation rule not yet in a form reviewable by the public

A story in the Jan. 4 2008 NWI Times reported:A wastewater permit for U.S. Steel's Gary Works is on hold...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 08, 2008

Ind. Decisions - "Decision to void ordinance could stop ethanol plant"

Anita Munson of the South Bend Tribune reports today in a story that begins:Judge Michael Cook's ruling that Argos' rezoning...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 08, 2008

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Environment - New Energy Corp. apparently protests South Bend's pretreatment permit requirements

Jamie Loo reports today in the South Bend Tribune:New Energy Corp. has asked a judge for relief from a new,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 06, 2008

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Environment - "Indiana-made trailers in health tests"

"Trailers flow from Indiana to Gulf Coast" is the heading of a story quoted in this Sept. 28, 2005 ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Environment - Governor signs Great Lakes Compact

A news release this afternoon from the Governor Daniels' office provides:INDIANAPOLIS (February 20, 2008) – Governor Mitch Daniels today signed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Environment - Still more on: "EPA's mercury rule struck down"

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 18, here is a report from H. Josef Hebert of the AP that appeared...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Environment - Yet more on "Great Lakes Compact on track"[Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 13th, an AP story carried by the Chesterton Tribune and a number of out-of-state...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Monday, February 18, 2008

Environment - More on: "EPA's mercury rule struck down"

Updating this lengthy ILB entry from Feb. 10th, Mark Wilson of the Evansville C&P reports today:Environmental organizations disappointed by the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 18, 2008

Environment - More on: Section 303(d) List of Impaired Waters up for public comment through end of January

Updating this ILB from Jan. 28th, Rick Callahan of the AP reports today in a long story that begins:A shift...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 18, 2008

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Environment - More on "EPA's mercury rule struck down"

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 10th, there is an interesting entry today in The Volokh Conspiracy, written by Jonathan...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Environment - Even more on "Great Lakes Compact on track"

Updating this ILB entry from January 17th, the Great Lakes Compact bill, SB 45, has now passed both Houses in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Environment - Effectiveness of LaPorte County ordinance regulating outdoor wood boilers

The ILB has posted a large number of entries on the possible regulation of outdoor wood-fired boilers or stoves used...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Environment - "EPA's mercury rule struck down" [Updated]

On Friday the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit threw out the USEPA mercury rule. Here are some quotes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 10, 2008

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Environment - Even more on "Randolph County could zone 220,000 acres for CAFOs"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 8th, which quoted a report that:WINCHESTER -- After rejecting an ordinance that would restrict...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 09, 2008

Monday, January 28, 2008

Environment - Section 303(d) List of Impaired Waters up for public comment through end of January [Updated]

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today that:Environmentalists are concerned about the lack of progress toward cleaning up Northwest...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 28, 2008

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Environment - More on "Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Gives Duke Energy Indiana Approval to Build Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Plant"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 20, 2007, Jeff Swiatek of the Indianapolis Star has a long, front-page story today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 26, 2008

Environment - "Grand Calumet River dredge job completed"

Gitte Laasby, environmental reporter for the Gary Post-Tribune, reported Friday in a story that began:GARY -- U.S. Steel Gary Works...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 26, 2008

Environment - More on "House panel stiffens confined feed rules"

In this ILB entry from Jan. 16th, SB 61 and HB 1168 are mentioned. Both are now dead for the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 26, 2008

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Environment - "The variety of threats Lake Michigan faces"

Heather Augustyn of the NWI Times reports:VALPARAISO | Members of the League of Women Voters listened to a guest speaker...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 20, 2008

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Environment - "FEMA Offers Refunds on Toxic Trailers"

From NEWSInferno.com:The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will offer refunds to people who bought toxic FEMA trailers. The toxic FEMA...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 19, 2008

Friday, January 18, 2008

Environment - "Coal is no longer on front burner" in many states

"Coal is no longer on front burner: The rush to build power plants slows as worries grow over global warming,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 18, 2008

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Environment - Still more on "Great Lakes Compact on track"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 10th, the Great Lakes Compact legislation, SB 45, has passed third reading in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 17, 2008

Environment - Governor acts to extend environmental impact statement rules

This ILB entry from Dec. 11, 2007 concluded:Here is the interesting part. Under the Sunset Law adopted by the General...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 17, 2008

Environment - More on "House panel stiffens confined feed rules"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, The AP today also has a report on HB 1168 being passed out of the first...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 17, 2008

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Environment - "House panel stiffens confined feed rules"

A week ago, Jan. 9th, the ILB posted an entry headed "Proposal calls for 3-year moratorium on CAFOs," about SB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Environment - Impact of delisting a waste

The Indiana Solid Waste Management Board meets today and has on its agenda for final adoption #07-552, which "Adds 329...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Monday, January 14, 2008

Environment - "Benton County remains knee-deep in CAFO issues" [Updated]

Joe Carlson reports today in the Lafayette Journal & Courier:EARL PARK -- Plans for a large confined cattle operation near...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 14, 2008

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Environment - CAFOs in Grant County

Recent ILB entries have concerned CAFOs in Randolph and Delaware Counties. Today AJ Colley of the Grant County Chronicle-Tribune has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 12, 2008

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Environment - More on "Great Lakes Compact on track"

Updating this ILB entry from Monday, reporting that the Great Lakes Compact bill would be heard by the Senate Committee...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 10, 2008

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Environment - Proposal calls for 3-year moratorium on CAFOs

Pam Thorp reports in the Richmond Palladium-Item:Controversy over concentrated animal feeding operations hasn't diminished since the General Assembly adjourned last...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Environment - Still more on "Randolph County could zone 220,000 acres for CAFOs"

Updating this Dec. 28, 2007 ILB entry about a proposed new "intensive agricultural district " for Randolph County that would...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Monday, January 07, 2008

Environment - "Great Lakes Compact on track"

Updating the earlier ILB entries on the Great Lakes Compact, Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today:Gov. Mitch Daniels'...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 07, 2008

Environment - Outdoor wood fired boilers not the only culprit

The ILB has had number stories about concerns raised by outdoor wood-fired boilers used to heat homes. Today Mary Wilds...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 07, 2008

Environment - More on "BP permit blowup leads to IDEM changes"

Updating this ILB entry from Friday, Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today:PORTAGE -- Permit renewals for four of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 07, 2008

Friday, January 04, 2008

Environment - "Delaware County CAFO proposal too restrictive, say farmers" [Updated]

Recall this Dec. 28th ILB entry about a proposed Randolph County zoning ordinance that would create a new "intensive agricultural...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 04, 2008

Environment - "BP permit blowup leads to IDEM changes"

Keith Benman writes today in the NWI Times:A wastewater permit for U.S. Steel's Gary Works is on hold until Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 04, 2008

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Environment - How much pollution do Indiana facilities discharge into Lake Michigan each year?

The Sunday before Christmas (Dec. 23rd) the Gary Post-Tribune published a series of stories by their environmental reporter, Gitte Lasby,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Friday, December 28, 2007

Environment - More on "Randolph County could zone 220,000 acres for CAFOs"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 25th, about a proposed new "intensive agricultural district " that would occupy 75.88 %...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 28, 2007

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Environment - More on: Hearing in Edwardsville today on proposed Duke Energy power plant

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 20th, here are further reports on the hearing. Mark Wilson reported in the Evansville...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 22, 2007

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Environment - More on: Hearing on Great Lakes Compact today at 1 pm

Today's AP story on the SB 45, the Great Lakes Compact, points out what the ILB should have picked up...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 20, 2007

Environment - Hearing in Edwardsville today on proposed Duke Energy power plant

Updating this ILB entry from Nov, 20th, headed "Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Gives Duke Energy Indiana Approval to Build Integrated...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 20, 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007

Environment - Hearing on Great Lakes Compact today at 1 pm

Bob Kasarda of the NWI Times reports:PORTAGE | The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission called on lawmakers last week to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 17, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Environment - "Timber industry needs best management practices"

There is an interesting discussion in the Lafayette Journal & Courier today about forest management in Indiana and the possible...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Environment - "Coalition sues Land Office over wind farms"; energy alternatives, each with proponents and opponents

Wind Farms. The Austin American-Statesman had a story Wed. headed: "Coalition sues Land Office over wind farms: Groups, including King...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 06, 2007

Environment - "Former IU SPEA dean completes IDEM permit process review"

On Aug. 13th, the ILB posted en entry titeld "Environment - Governor Daniels asks former dean of SPEA to conduct...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 06, 2007

Monday, December 03, 2007

Environment. - More on: BioTown, USA. Remember little Reynolds, Indiana? Population 500

This ILB entry from Nov. 1st featured a Wall Street Journal story headed "An Ethanol Glut Hits Home In BioTown,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 03, 2007

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Environment - "Jacobus Tielen's lawyers are trying to resolve criminal and civil proceedings over manure management"

Seth Slabaugh reports in the Muncie Star-Press:The Delaware County prosecutor's office and the Indiana attorney general's office have been negotiating...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 01, 2007

Friday, November 30, 2007

Environment - "BP Alleged to Have Modified Whiting Refinery Illegally"

A release from the Environmental News Service today begins:CHICAGO, Illinois, November 29, 2007 (ENS) - The federal government today formally...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 30, 2007

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Environment - "Randolph County could zone 220,000 acres for CAFOs"

A story in Saturday's Muncie Star-Press, written by Seth Slabaugh, reports:MUNCIE -- Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) would be allowed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 25, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Environment - An update on outdoor wood-fired boilers

The ILB's first entry on wood-fired boilers was nearly two years ago. (Here is a list of all entries.) IDEM...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 24, 2007

Friday, November 23, 2007

Environment - Still more on: "BP wastewater permit: 'We already have the technology'"

Following up on this ILB entry from Nov. 19th, Rick Callahan of the AP reports today in the BP claim...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 23, 2007

Environment - The state of groundwater in Louisville

The ILB has recently begun taking note of stories relating to water resources management or the lack thereof: continued pollution...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 23, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Environment - "Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Gives Duke Energy Indiana Approval to Build Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Plant"

The IURC has today issued a 63-page order approving Duke Energy's application to build a coal gasification plant in Edwardsport....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Monday, November 19, 2007

Environment - More on: "BP wastewater permit: 'We already have the technology'"

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reported on Nov. 11th, per this ILB entry of that date:BP representatives say they...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 19, 2007

Friday, November 16, 2007

Environment - More on: Wabash Environmental trial in federal court concludes

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 14th, the AP is reporting today in a story headed "River polluter gets 5-year...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 16, 2007

Environment - "Havens | Indiana Dunes: An Exclusive Beachfront, Far From the Coast"

The NY Times' Friday Escapes Section today has an interesting feature by Eugene L. Meyer on private beach communities along...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 16, 2007

Environment - "Indiana should OK compact to protect the Great Lakes"

From an editorial in the NWI Times yesterday:With so much attention to Lake Michigan water quality brought by scrutiny of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 16, 2007

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Environment - "BP wastewater permit: 'We already have the technology'"

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today:BP representatives say they haven't found a way to reduce the Whiting refinery's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 11, 2007

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Environment - Governor's review of Great Lakes water-quality laws drags on

The AP's Rick Callahan has an interesting story today that begins:INDIANAPOLIS -- A review of Great Lakes water-quality laws that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Friday, November 02, 2007

Environment - "Sixth Gives Green Light to Environmental Tort Suit"

The blog Decision of the Day has this interesting post, that begins:In a big decision at the intersection of tort...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 02, 2007

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Environment. - BioTown, USA. Remember little Reynolds, Indiana? Population 500

The most recent ILB entry on BioTown USA is dated Oct. 6, 2005 -- two years ago. It quoted from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 01, 2007

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Environment - More on "States eye lakes water management"

Following up on yesterday's ILB entry, Tim Jones of the Chicago Tribune has a lengthy story headed: "Great Lakes key...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 28, 2007

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Environment - "States eye lakes water management"

On October 22nd the ILB posted an entry headed "Canadian company mining Indiana aquifer." The entry concluded:No talk here of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 27, 2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Environment - "Will U.S. Steel -- Gary Works be allowed to increase or decrease its discharges to the Grand Calumet River when the company's wastewater permit is renewed?"

"Will U.S. Steel -- Gary Works be allowed to increase or decrease its discharges to the Grand Calumet River when...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Monday, October 22, 2007

Environment - Canadian company mining Indiana aquifer

The Diane Rehm Show on NPR today focuses on:U.S. Weather Patterns and Drought: Severe drought conditions in several southern states...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 22, 2007

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Environment - More on Indiana and Lake Michigan pollution

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune has a story today headed "EPA still unsure on lake polluters." It begins:The U.S....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 21, 2007

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Environment - Indiana listed as next to last "greenest" state by Forbes

Here, from the current issue of Forbes, is its list of America's Greenest States. Scroll down to 49th to find...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 20, 2007

Friday, October 19, 2007

Environment - Kansas Power Plant Rejected Over Carbon Dioxide

From the Washington Post today, a front-page story that begins:The Kansas Department of Health and Environment yesterday became the first...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 19, 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Environment - "U.S. Steel permit a dud"

From an editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: The federal Environmental Protection Agency is rightly stepping in before...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 18, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Environment - Still more on "Indiana seeks to ease rules for lake polluter"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 13th, Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today that:A large coalition of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Environment - More on "Indiana seeks to ease rules for lake polluter"

More on the developing brouhaha involving the draft permit proposed by IDEM for US. Steel discharges into the Grand Calumet...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 13, 2007

Friday, October 12, 2007

Environment - "Indiana seeks to ease rules for lake polluter: State offers U.S. Steel a pass on some regulations" [Updated]

So reads the headline to a Chicago Tribune "exclusive" today, reported by Michael Hawthorne, who wrote many of the initial...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 12, 2007

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Environment - Still more on the U.S. Steel Gary Works/Grand Calumet permit, and related issues

This August 5th ILB entry begins with this quote from the Gary Post-Tribune:The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has drafted...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 11, 2007

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Environment - "Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is in poor condition"

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today:The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is in poor condition, according to a report...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Environment - "American Electric Power's plant in Rockport, Ind., near Owensboro, Ky., is the largest coal-fired plant in the world"

So reports James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier Journal in this story today on the AEP settlement announced yesterday. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Environment - AEP to Pay Large Sum in Clean Air Settlement [Updated]

From a story today in the Washington Post reported by Steven Mufson:In a major Clean Air Act settlement, one of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Environment - More on: State backs off in Feddeler Landfill dispute with Lake County sheriff

Updating this long ILB entry from Friday, on Saturday Patrick Guinane of the NWI Times reported:INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mitch Daniels...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 07, 2007

Friday, October 05, 2007

Environment - State backs off in Feddeler Landfill dispute with Lake County sheriff

On Sept. 28th Bill Dolan reported in the NWI Times:LOWELL | The state's top environmental official is speaking out in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 05, 2007

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Ind. Courts - Jefferson Circuit Court judge insists on complaints being filed before approving IDEM agreed order

Peggy Vlerebome reports in The Madison Courier, under the heading "IDEM suit against city merely a technicality," that the Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Environment - Adinistrative hearing in Indy on BP air variance challenge

The second half of this ILB entry from August 25th includes this quote from a Gary Post-Tribune story by Gitte...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Environment - More on: Status of the BP appeal before the Office of Environmental Adjudication

In this entry from Sept. 18th, the ILB reported on a story from the Gary Post-Tribune that began:The Alliance for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 22, 2007

Friday, September 21, 2007

Environment - PBS News Hour on "Oil Refinery Expansions Face Opposition"

From the Sept. 19th PBS News Hour, the introduction is "An oil refinery in Detroit wants to expand its capacity...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 21, 2007

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Environment - "New Indiana regulations aim to protect Ohio River paddlefish"

From the AP:Ohio River paddlefish, whose eggs are sought by poachers as a lucrative source of caviar, are being protected...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Environment - Status of the BP appeal before the Office of Environmental Adjudication

Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune writes today:The Alliance for the Great Lakes filed a petition on Aug. 15 asking...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Law - "New York Subpoenas 5 Energy Companies"

Felicity Barringer and Danny Hakim report today in the NY Times in a story that begins:Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 16, 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007

Environment - More on: Wabash Environmental trial in federal court concludes

Here is a list of a number of earlier ILB entries on the trial of Derrik Hagerman and his company,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 14, 2007

Environment - Chicago River's link to illness studied

Michael Hawthorne of the Chicago Tribune, who wrote one of the first stories on Indiana's BP permit, reports today:Most of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 14, 2007

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Ind. Law - "Zoning rule changed, Henry residents now must petition for protection"

Joy Leiker writes today in the Muncie Star-Press:NEW CASTLE -- Henry County residents worried that a confined feeding operation might...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 13, 2007

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Environment - No overall data on Lake Michigan discharges

"What's dumped in the lake? ... nobody knows" is the headline to this story today in the Gary Post-Tribune, reported...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Monday, September 10, 2007

Environment - "Twisting facts to defy the rules: Dairy, BP get permits despite science indicating environmental threats"

That is the heading to an interesting column today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, written by Bill Grant ,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 10, 2007

Friday, September 07, 2007

Environment - The Economist features BP story

The weekly British publication, The Economist, has a well-written story, dateline Chicago, titled "Muddy waters: The murky rules for keeping...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 07, 2007

Environment - Purdue sets up CAFO site

The Grant County Chronicle-Tribune reports:WEST LAFAYETTE - A new Web site featuring scientific information about concentrated animal feeding operations was...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 07, 2007

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Environment - More on: Study shows how BP could likely could expand its refinery without the added pollution

This ILB entry from August 25th quotes from an Aug. 23rd story in Crain's Chicago Business that BP's announcement that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Monday, September 03, 2007

Environment - Even more on: Pollution and justice: Kentucky judge orders state to rehear permit for coal-fired power plant

Updating this most recent ILB entry from August 31st, James Bruggers writes today in the Louisville Courier Journal about this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 03, 2007

Friday, August 31, 2007

Environment - Still more on: Pollution and justice: Kentucky judge orders state to rehear permit for coal-fired power plant

Updating this ILB entry from Aug. 26th, Mark Wilson of the Evansville Courier & Press reports today in a story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 31, 2007

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Environment - Bush admnistration "Rule to Expand Mountaintop Coal Mining" [Updated]

The NY Times reported Aug. 22nd, in a story that begins:The Bush administration is set to issue a regulation on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 30, 2007

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Environment - "BP gets break on soot limits: Indiana decision insulates firm from new federal rules" [Updated]

Michael Hawthorne of the Chicago Tribune reports today:Indiana regulators have granted BP another exemption from environmental standards, this time relaxing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Environment - More on: Pollution and justice: Kentucky judge orders state to rehear permit for coal-fired power plant

Following up on this ILB entry from August 10th about a power plant permit in Kentucky, where I wrote: "Although...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 26, 2007

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Environment - Study shows how BP could likely could expand its refinery without the added pollution; air variance challenged

Crain's Chicago Business posted some interesting news August 23rd, in a story by Greg Hinz. Some quotes:Bowing to a storm...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 25, 2007

Friday, August 24, 2007

Environment - "BP pledges no increase in Lake Michigan discharge limits at Whiting refinery"

Here is the word, as posted on the BP website, dated Aug. 23rd. It begins: WARRENVILLE, ILL.- BP America today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 24, 2007

Monday, August 20, 2007

Environment - Good backgrounder on BP permit

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has a good backgrounder today on the BP permit. The editorial column is accompanied by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 20, 2007

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Environment - Federal Judge dismisses shippers' suit against Michigan ballast law

John Flesher of the AP is reporting: TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 16, 2007

Environment - Petition filed to block BP permit from taking effect

Tom Coyne of the AP reported late yesterday: SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- An environmental group on Wednesday appealed a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 16, 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Environment - NPR's All Things Considered has story on BP refinery permit

"BP Refinery Expansion Plan Sparks Opposition" is the title to this story on NPR this evening, reported by David Schaper....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Environment - "Groups gather to meet on BP pollution permit"

Gitte Laasby's consistently good reporting in the Gary Post-Tribune continues with this story today, combining Gov. Daniel's announcement yesterday of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Monday, August 13, 2007

Environment - Governor Daniels asks former dean of SPEA to conduct 6 weeks study of Indiana's IDEM's BP permit [Updated]

In a press release just issued by the Govenor's office, headed "Governor asks former Indiana University SPEA dean to lead...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 13, 2007

Environment - "High stakes for our Great Lakes"

Tim Maloney, Policy Strategist for the Hoosier Environmental Council, has a featured letter to the editor about the BP permit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 13, 2007

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Environment - EPA willing to talk, BP stands by permit

Dueling stories today in the two major NW Indiana papers. "EPA willing to talk with BP, others" is the headline...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 11, 2007

Friday, August 10, 2007

Environment - "Mega cow farm in Indiana faces legal issues"

A brief story from the Coldwater, Michigan Daily Reporter, dated August 8th:ORLAND, Ind. — Indiana Environmental Management (IDEM) issued a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 10, 2007

Environment - Pollution and justice: Kentucky judge orders state to rehear permit for coal-fired power plant

After all the stories about the proposed BP and U.S. Steel permits in NW Indiana and the outrage that has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 10, 2007

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Environment - NW Indiana pollution update

"Pollution permits may spur activism" is the headline to this story today by Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 09, 2007

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Environment - Continuing coverage of: Communities seek to regulate outdoor wood-fired boilers

Adding to a long list of ILB entries on the regulation of outdoor wood-fired boilers in Indiana, the Michigan City...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Environment - More on the U.S. Steel Gary Works/Grand Calumet permit, and related issues

The second part of this ILB entry from July 26th quoted from a story by Gitte Laasby in the Gary...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 05, 2007

Environment - The outrage over Indiana's pollution of Lake Michigan continues

The outcry began three weeks ago, following a front-page story in the Chicago Tribune (see this ILB entry of that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 05, 2007

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Environment - Indianpolis Business Journal writes about "greenwashing"

An interesting article by Chris O’Malley of the Indianapolis Business Journal headed "It’s not easy being GREEN: Experts say it’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 04, 2007

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Environment - "BP permit appeal may be possible"

That is the headline to this story today by Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune. Some quotes:Environmental groups and residents...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Environment - "Megafarms" appear to be a growing issue in Michigan

Christine Ferretti of the Detroit News reports today in a lengthy story:The largest confined dairy operation in the state has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Monday, July 30, 2007

Environment - "Decades After a NY Plant Closes, Waste Remains"

The lead story in the business section of the Sunday NY Times is on the failure of the Superfund cleanup...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 30, 2007

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Environment - Several other Indiana permitting stories

Maureen Groppe of the Indianapolis Star Washington Bureau reports today in a story that begins:WASHINGTON - Four Indiana power plants...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 26, 2007

Environment - More on: Details on the BP permit; more stories today

Earlier today I promised more reports of press coverage of the BP water discharge permit, but as I'm just getting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 26, 2007

Environment - More on: Update on fight over Pines transfer station permit

Earlier today, in this entry, I wrote that the ILB would like to post the July 13th Marion County ruling....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 26, 2007

Environment - Details on the BP permit; more stories today

In my opinion, the best report on the problems with the recently granted BP permit remains the initial story by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 26, 2007

Environment - Update on fight over Pines transfer station permit

The ILB may have temporarily lost track of this dispute. The last entry indicating its status is this one from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 26, 2007

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Environment - Much more on: Protests grow over BP permit to increase dumping in Lake Michigan

Updating this ILB entry from July 20th, reports of outrage about the BP permit continue. Sylvia A. Smith, Washington editor...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Environment - Neighbors pack zoning board meeting to support CAFO expansion

An AP story this morning out of Anderson reports:A farmer presented plans to triple his dairy cow herd to 6,000...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Monday, July 23, 2007

Environment - "Randolph County at stalemate on CAFO regulations"

Joy Leiker reports in the Muncie Star-Press in a s tory that begins:WINCHESTER -- The debate over Randolph County's fastest...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 23, 2007

Friday, July 20, 2007

Environment - More on: Protests grow over BP permit to increase dumping in Lake Michigan

Much more today on this. Gitte Laasby of the Gary Post-Tribune reports:"Clearly something went wrong with the implementation of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 20, 2007

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Environment - Protests grow over BP permit to increase dumping in Lake Michigan

The initial story was published Saturday July 14th by the Chicago Tribune - see ILB entry here. It was headlined...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 19, 2007

Ind. Decisions - More on: Federal Judge McKinney to hear case on nerve agent waste

Updating this ILB entry from July 16th, the AP's Rick Callahan writes today in a story that begins:An attorney for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 19, 2007

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Environment - Stories today on NW Indiana's BP NPDES permit and "new source" air permit requirement for any Mitchell powerplant reopening

The NWI Times has two environmental permitting stories today. The first is a continuation of the stories on the recently...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Courts - Farm odors hit the fan in DC Circuit ruling

This ILB entry from just last Friday quoted from an AP story about the Purdue's involvement in an EPA study...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Environment - Even more on: Indiana gives BP break on dumping in lake

From an editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Lake Michigan should not become a victim of Indiana’s economic...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Monday, July 16, 2007

Ind. Decisions - Federal Judge McKinney to hear case on nerve agent waste

Rick Callahan of the AP reports today in a story that begins:INDIANAPOLIS -- Opponents of the Army's shipments of nerve...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 16, 2007

Environment - More on: Indiana gives BP break on dumping in lake

In this entry Saturday, the ILB posted quotes from the Chicago Tribune story that was headlined "Indiana gives BP break...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 16, 2007

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Environment - "Huge task faces Puget Sound's anointed savior"

So reads the headline to a column by Warren Cornwall in the May 20, 2007 Seattle Times. Here is how...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 15, 2007

Environment - Two stories today of neighborhood concerns about Indiana industrial sites

"What is it going to take to shut this place down?" is the headline to a story today in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 15, 2007

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Environment - Indiana gives BP break on dumping in lake

Michael Hawthorne of the Chicago Tribune reports today: The massive BP oil refinery in Whiting, Ind., is planning to dump...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 14, 2007

Friday, July 13, 2007

Environment - Several agricultural-related stories today

Leonard Thornton has a story in the Bedford Times-Mail headlined: "Tensions rise over turkeys." It is accompanied by these two...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 13, 2007

Ind. Gov't. - "State ethics panel OKs pollution panelist"

The Indiana Air Pollution Control Board (APCB) includes 4 "ex officio" voting members (representing the heath commissioner, the DNR director,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 13, 2007

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Ind. Gov't. - Indiana’s voluntary environmental cleanup program a failure?

Dan Stockman of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has a lengthy report today on the failings of Indiana's voluntary cleanup...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 08, 2007

Friday, July 06, 2007

Environment - More on: Post-Raponas wetlands guidelines issued, criticized

On June 18th ILB posted this entry, quoting from a NY Times editorial that began:The Environmental Protection Agency and the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 06, 2007

Environment - Even more on: Communities seek to regulate outdoor wood-fired boilers

Adding to the ILB's now very long list of stories about the regulation of wood-fired boilers is this brief report...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 06, 2007

Environment - More on the recent statewide strategic planning meeting on how to restrict concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)

Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press reports today under the headline "CAFO foes applaud BSU study: The study shows the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 06, 2007

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Environment - Hassan Barrel Company president indicted over toxic waste storage

The ILB has had several earlier entries about the Hassan Barrel Company of Fort Wayne. The first one, from Oct....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Environment - "Lawsuits are becoming a more popular strategy to stop or slow down large livestock farms"

Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press writes today:HARTFORD CITY -- Citizens from 14 counties spoke at a recent statewide strategic...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Environment - VP Cheney's impact on the environment

The Washington Post has been running a 4-part series on the role of Vice President Cheney. Today's is Part 4,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Environment - IDEM to act against Randolph County and Huntington CAFOs

Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie StarPress reports:WINCHESTER -- The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has issued a notice of violation...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Environment - What happens when the landowner denies access?

The are a number of Indiana statutes which allows proper officials to enter upon private property for inspection. For instance,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 23, 2007

Monday, June 18, 2007

Environment - Post-Raponas wetlands guidelines issued, criticized

A year ago, on June 19, 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its 5-4 ruling in Raponas v. U.S. -...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 18, 2007

Friday, June 15, 2007

Environment - More about Supreme Court's recent CERCLA-related voluntary clean-ups opinion

Re the Supreme Court's June 11th opinion in United States v. Atlantic Research Corp. (see earlier ILB entry here), here...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 15, 2007

Monday, June 11, 2007

Environment - Important CERCLA-related SCOTUS opinion issued today

From the early AP report: "Court Allows Recovery of Voluntary Cleanup Costs." [Thanks to How Appealing] The case is United...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 11, 2007

Friday, June 08, 2007

Environment - "Bacteria clean up oil pit in Knox"

Rick Callahan of the AP has a report that begins:A tar-filled pit that was among Indiana's hundreds of abandoned gas...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 08, 2007

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Environment - Closing the farm proves challenging to IDEM

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an editorial today exploring the potential ramifications of IDEM's action to revoke the permit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 02, 2007

Monday, May 28, 2007

Environment - "Cleaning Up the Clean Water Act"

Today's NY Times has an editorial endorsing pending proposals to strengthen the Clean Water Act:A series of murky Supreme Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 28, 2007

Friday, May 25, 2007

Environment - Wabash Environmental trial in federal court concludes

Howard Greninger of the Terre Haute Trib-Star reports:INDIANAPOLIS — Derrik Hagerman made false statements in monitoring documents required to be...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 25, 2007

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Environment - Wabash Environmental trial continues in federal court in Indianapolis

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, May 23rd, Howard Greninger of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star reports, in another long story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 24, 2007

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Environment - Update on Wabash Environmental trial begins in federal court in Indianapolis

Updating this ILB entry from Monday, May 21st, it looks like Deb McKee of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star is providing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Monday, May 21, 2007

Environment - Wabash Environmental trial begins in federal court in Indianapolis

The Terre Haute Tribune-Star reports today:The trial of Wabash Environmental Technologies LLC begins today with jury selection in federal court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 21, 2007

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Environment - Great Lakes Commission here in Indy yesterday and today

Patrick Guinane of the NWI Times reports:Officials from eight states and two Canadian provinces are meeting in Indianapolis to discuss...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Environment - Former meth lab leaves unfit home

Indiana passed a methamphetamine cleanup law in 2005 and cleanup rules were just finalized recently. Here are ILB entries from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Environment - More on: IDEM revokes approvals for confined feeding operation in Huntington County; writ sought

This ILB entry from May 4th quotes from a Fort Wayne Journal Gazette story that:Officials at the Indiana Department of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 10, 2007

Friday, May 04, 2007

Environment - IDEM revokes approvals for confined feeding operation in Huntington County

Rebecca S. Green of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette writes today:Officials at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management have revoked...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 04, 2007

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Ind. Law - Debriefing on why confined feeding changes failed

In this ILB entry from April 29th, we quoted from a story by Angela Mapes of the Fort Wayne Journal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Environment - Several recent stories

"IDEM boss kicks off Porter County Earth Day" was the headline to a long story yesterday by Vicki Urbanik in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Environment - CAFO hearing; Pines transfer station

CAFO Hearing. "Dairy farm faces hearing on creek spill" is the title of a story today by Rebecca S. Green...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 19, 2007

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Environment - Still more on: Two CAFO stories today

Rebecca S. Green of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports today:A Huntington County dairy suspected of leaking manure into an...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 14, 2007

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Environment - More on: Environment - Two CAFO stories today

Updating yesterday's ILB entry on Huntington County manure spills, Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie StarPress reports today:MUNCIE -- An attorney...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 12, 2007

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Environment - Two CAFO stories today

"Manure pollutes Salamonie waterway" is the headline to a story by Rebecca S. Green in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Law - More on: "6 Ohio Cities Rush to File Suits Against Makers of Lead Paint"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 6, 2007, that began with this quote from a NY Times story:Racing against a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 08, 2007

Environment - Great Lakes Compact bill dies in Indiana Senate Committee

The ILB has had several entries on the proposed Great Lakes Compact, "a binding interstate and international agreement that would...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 08, 2007

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Environment - Vermont may be first state to regulate outdoor wood fired boilers

From the Rutland, Vermont Herald today:MONTPELIER — Vermont is poised to become the first state in the country to adopt...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 05, 2007

Environment - More on: US Supreme Court delivers two important Clean Air Act decisions

Updating this April 2 ILB entry, there have been a large number of reactions and analyses written already this week...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 05, 2007

Monday, April 02, 2007

Environment - US Supreme Court delivers two important Clean Air Act decisions today

This Sept. 19, 2006 ILB entry was headed "State of Indiana sides with Duke in case against EPA." Take a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 02, 2007

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Environment - "CAFO bill worries health officials"

Joshua Stowe of the South Bend Tribune reports today:A state Senate bill that would void St. Joseph County's feedlot ordinance...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 29, 2007

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Environment - "Farmland values surge as demand fueled by ethanol propels corn prices upward"

Indianapolis Star business writer Jeff Swiatek has a story today headlined "Seeing more green Farmland values surge as demand fueled...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 25, 2007

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Environment - Ethanol; flood buyouts; coal-based power plants

Business Week had a Special Report earlier this week titled "Ethanol's Growing List of Enemies: As demand for the alternative...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 24, 2007

Friday, March 23, 2007

Environment - Still more on CAFO bills pending in General Assembly, and a revelation from North Carolina

When last the ILB looked at CAFO bills in this General Assembly, it was March 4th and Feb. 27th. Pam...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 23, 2007

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Environment - "Judges Say E.P.A. Ignored Order in Setting Emission Standards"

Felicity Barringer of the NY Times reports today on yesterday's DC Circuit opinion in Sierra Club v. EPA. Some quotes:A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Environment - "Midwest Has 'Coal Rush,' Seeing No Alternative"

"Midwest Has 'Coal Rush,' Seeing No Alternative" is the headline to a story this morning on the front-page of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 10, 2007

Friday, March 09, 2007

Environment - "Lawmakers call for Great Lakes cleanup"

An AP story reports:WASHINGTON – A massive plan to restore the Great Lakes for future generations needs to be a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 09, 2007

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Environment - More on CAFO bills pending in General Assembly

Rick Callahan of the AP has a lengthy story today in the LCJ headlined "Legislators tackle livestock headaches: Factory-style farms...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 04, 2007

Friday, March 02, 2007

Ind. Law - Yet more on: Communities seek to regulate outdoor wood-fired boilers

The ILB has had a slew of entries on the topic of regulating outdoor wood-fired boilers/furnaces. First there was outrage...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 02, 2007

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Environment - Fairly disquieting story on EPA plan for air emissions from manure

According to a Congressional Quarterly story this afternoon, EPA is "EPA Developing Exemption for Manure Emissions." Here is the story,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Environment - Survey of CAFO bills pending in General Assembly

Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press has a good survey article today titled "Bills aim for CAFO trust: Inspections, training...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Environment - Great Lakes compact; EPA libraries destruction update

Great Lakes Compact. Acoording to a story in the Chicago Sun-Times from Nov. 18, 2005 (see this ILB entry):Fear that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Environment - "Ag panel weighs site restrictions on mega-farms"

Tuesday's House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee meeting is the subject of a story today by the AP's Rick Callahan....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Monday, February 05, 2007

Ind. Gov't. - "Battle lines drawn over farm feed lots"

Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has a great story today on the battle over CAFOs and CFOs...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 05, 2007

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Environment - Carroll County residents frustrated with dairy plans

Following up on this entry from Jan. 30th, check this story by Joe Larsen in the Lafayette Journal & Courier....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 04, 2007

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Three CAFO bills to be heard by Senate committee today

Following up on yesterday's followup, check out this article from Hoosier Ag Today with Gary Truitt headed "Miller Backs More...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Monday, January 29, 2007

Ind. Gov't. - Three CAFO bills to be heard by Senate committee today

Rick Callahan of the Gary Post-Tribune reports:Three wide-ranging bills targeting the state's largest livestock farms are expected to draw spirited...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 29, 2007

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Economic Development - More on the Minnesota iron nuggets plant

This ILB entry from May 2004 began:The "iron nuggets plant" issue - whether a plant to process iron ore into...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 25, 2007

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Environment - 28-year battle over proposed Mallard Lake Landfill featured in IBJ

Chris O’Malley of the Indiana Business Journal has comprehensive coverage of the Mallard Lake Landfill battles in an article dated...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Ind. Decisions - More on "Court tosses challenge to hunter harassment law"

The First Amendment Center has picked up the AP version of the hunter harassment law story, posted here on Jan....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Ind. Law - New flood maps will impact insurance rates

Rebecca S. Green reports in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette today, in a story headlined "Allen, Adams residents get chance...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 21, 2007

Friday, January 19, 2007

Environment - Still more on: A state panel plans public hearings this month on its model rules for local regulation of large livestock farms

The revived Indiana Land Resources Council (ILRC) has been holding public hearings on local zoning for CAFOs.. Seth Slabaugh of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 19, 2007

Environment - Indianapolis attorney to aid in East Chicago dredging project

Steve Zabroski of the NWI Times reports today:EAST CHICAGO | The local sponsor of the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 19, 2007

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Environment - More on: A state panel plans public hearings this month on its model rules for local regulation of large livestock farms

Following up on this ILB entry from last Sunday on the "revival" of the Indiana Land Resource Council and its...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Ind. Courts - Wabash Valley businessman accused of falsifying federal documents will not go to trial until later this year

The Terre Haute Trib-Star reports today:INDIANAPOLIS — A Wabash Valley businessman accused of falsifying federal documents will not go to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Environment - SB 154 "What is ‘recycling’?" Plus the ILB's environmental rulemaking concerns

"What is ‘recycling’?" is the question asked by this Fort Wayne Journal Gazette editorial today. Some quotes:[P]roposed legislation to review...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Environment - Reverse the blanket exemption from nuisance liability for CAFOs

Marty Lucas of BigEastern.com had a very good post this week titled "Time to restore nuisance law property rights." Marty...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 14, 2007

Environment - A state panel plans public hearings this month on its model rules for local regulation of large livestock farms

An AP story today reports:MUNCIE – A state panel plans public hearings this month on its model rules for local...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 14, 2007

Monday, January 08, 2007

Environment - "Indiana's outdoors vanishing quickly"

Phil Potter of Tri-State Outdoors in the Evansville Courier & Press writes about how Indiana compares unfavorably with Illinois in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 08, 2007

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Environment - Another view on ethanol [Updated]

An earlier ILB entry today cited a NY Times story about how the demands of new ethanol distilleries is driving...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 06, 2007

Environment - Ethanol, CAFOs, and Insurance

Ethanol. "Rise in Ethanol Raises Concerns About Corn as a Food" is the title of an important story in yesterday's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 06, 2007

Monday, January 01, 2007

Environment - Changes to federal mine reclamation law impact Indiana

John Lucas of the Evansville Courier&Press had a story yesterday that began:Agencies in Indiana and surrounding states responsible for overseeing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 01, 2007

Friday, December 29, 2006

Environment - Interesting report today on wood-burning outdoor boilers

Regulation of outdoor wood burning boilers/furnaces appears to be being kicked back and forth between different levels of government. Recall...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 29, 2006

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Environment - More on: US EPA accuses local woman of failing to disclose possible lead-paint hazards to tenants and buyers

Updating this ILB entry from July 28, 2006, that quoted an Indianapolis Star story that began "The U.S. Environmental Protection...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Environment - Possibility of up to six more environmental cases on the U.S. Supreme Court docket this year

Check SCOTUSblog for a list of six more environmental cases that the Supreme Court might add to its docket this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Monday, December 25, 2006

Ind. Gov't. - Summing up Kyle Hupfer's career as DNR chief

Phil Bloom, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Outdoors editor, wrote Sunday:His name appeared in 68 articles in The Journal Gazette during...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 25, 2006

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Environment - "Chemical plants to get security rules"

James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier Journal reports today:Sitting between a freeway and the Ohio River, the chemical plants of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 23, 2006

Ind. Decisions - "Judge gives RiverPlace green light: Ruling doesn't address issue of project's effect on White River"

"Judge gives RiverPlace green light: Ruling doesn't address issue of project's effect on White River" is the headline to a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 23, 2006

Law - 1st Circuit rules on RCRA citizen suits and standing

An important ruling on RCRA citizen suits and standing was issued yesterday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 23, 2006

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Environment - No coal mining at Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has issued a press release announcing that there will be no coal mining at...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 21, 2006

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Environment - "IDEM's answer gives false idea of county power to ban hog farms"

"IDEM's answer gives false idea of county power to ban hog farms" is the headline to a story in Tuesday's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Ind. Decisions - Proposed Pines transfer station update

Our most recent earlier entry on the Pines transfer station in NW Indiana was posted Oct. 12 and reported that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Monday, December 18, 2006

Environment - Wood-fired boilers; Great Lakes firing range plan

Wood-fired boilers. Wood-fired boilers, a topic on which the ILB has posted entries once or twice before, is (are?) the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 18, 2006

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Environment - Dredging Grand Cal; EPA Libraries

Dredging Grand Cal . "HAMMOND | Separate streams of governmental attention are finally coming together to clean the Grand Calumet...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Friday, December 08, 2006

Ind. Decisions - More on yesterday's CAFO opinion

The Muncie Star-Press reports today on yesterday's Court of Appeals opinion in Elizabeth Thomas v. Oolman Dairy , which was...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 08, 2006

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Environment - More on: Astonishing report about U.S. EPA trashing its library collection

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 21st, GovExec.com reports that:Four Democratic representatives likely to lead key oversight committees next year...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Monday, December 04, 2006

Law - "The Supreme Court Oral Argument in the Global Warming Case Reveals What's Wrong with the Standing Doctrine" [Updated]

Michael C. Dorf, the Isidore & Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia University, has an interesting article on Findlaw.com's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 04, 2006

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Law - More on global warming, federal preemption issues

Following up on this entry from last weekend ("Another important oral argument before the Supreme Court next week") on global...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 30, 2006

Monday, November 27, 2006

Environment - Some stories today, on mercury, DNR and ballast water

"Federal mercury limits lax, some say" is a story by James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Some quotes:Twenty-two states --...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 27, 2006

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Law - Another important oral argument before the Supreme Court next week

David G. Savage of the LA Times writes:WASHINGTON — The polar icecaps are melting, summers growing hotter and hurricanes becoming...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 25, 2006

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Environment - Astonishing report about U.S. EPA trashing its library collection

A news release from the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility begins:EPA IS HASTILY DISPOSING OF ITS LIBRARY COLLECTIONS — Orders...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Friday, November 17, 2006

Environment - "Factory farms are harmful to the public and the environment, researchers report"

A story today by Marla Cone of the LA Times reports:Growing so large that they are now called factory farms,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 17, 2006

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Environment - U.S. EPA Enforcement Highlights

From a U.S. EPA press release:CHICAGO, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 today announced that its...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 16, 2006

Environment - "Mittal eyes sludge disposal"

"Mittal eyes sludge disposal: 1.1 million tons of sludge dumped on ground during past 20-plus years" is the headline to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 16, 2006

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Ind. Gov't. - "Guns in state parks rule gets first public hearing"

In September the Indiana DNR chief adopted an "emergency" rule lifting the ban on handguns in state parks. For background...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Monday, November 13, 2006

Environment - IDEM Enforcement head resigns

Matt Klein, appointed IDEM's head of enforcement and compliance in the Daniels administration, has resigned effective December 1st....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 13, 2006

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Environment - Coal is big

"Committed to Coal, and in a Hurry, Too" was the headline to this story in the Nov. 7th NY Times....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 12, 2006

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Ind. Law - More on: Communities seek to regulate outdoor wood-fired boilers

Adding to numerous earlier entries on outdoor wood-fired boilers or furnaces, inlcuding this partial ILB list, are two recent stories...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 05, 2006

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Environment - "As Investors Covet Ethanol, Farmers Resist "

A fascinating front-page story in the NY Times today, headed "As Investors Covet Ethanol, Farmers Resist." Here is how it...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 02, 2006

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Environment - Two hazardous waste sites focus of stories in Sunday papers

Major stories today on the Feddeler landfill in Northwest Indiana and on the Hassan site in Fort Wayne. Feddeler landfill....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 22, 2006

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Environment - More on NW Indiana environmental issues

Updating yesterday's ILB entry on the Pine transfer station and Feddeler landfill: Pines transfer station. The Chesterton Tribune has a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 12, 2006

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Environment - Several NW Indiana environmental issues in the news

The first is Feddeler landfill. Here are some of the stories from the Munster (NW Indiana) Times:Oct. 11, 2006. State...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Environment - Feddeler landfill threat; outdoor wood-burning furnaces

Two stories this weekend, neither very reassuring for varying reasons. Feddeler Landfill. Sharlonda L. Waterhouse of the Gary Post-Tribune reported...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 08, 2006

Environment - Stories on DNR Strip Mining, Dust Control for Farmers, and CSO Consent Decree Signed by Indianapolis [Updated - already]

DNR Strip Mining. Don Jordan, Hoosier Times Indiana Outdoors columnist, writes today:Much to the consternation and outrage of Indiana's hunters...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 08, 2006

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Environment - More on: "What's next? Strip mining in state parks?"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 2nd, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an editorial today titled "Protecting public land":...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 07, 2006

Monday, October 02, 2006

Environment - "Waterfront Development Tests New Jersey’s Handling of Toxic Dumps"

A fascinating story about disputed cleanup levels for hexavalent chromium at a site across the Hudson from Manhattan, by Laura...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 02, 2006

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "DNR should stop its practice of manufacturing controversies"

What's next? Strip mining in state parks? Well, yes. See 10/2/06 AP story here and an 10/1/06 Evansville Courier& Press...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 02, 2006

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Ind. Law - "Emergency" rulemaking at the Department of Natural Resources

My thoughts. A properly promulgated administrative rule in Indiana has the force and effect of law. The law governing state...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Ind. Law - DNR lifts ban on handguns in state parks

Yesterday a number of Indiana papers reported that handguns will no longer be banned in state parks. Here is the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 23, 2006

Friday, September 22, 2006

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit acts on CWA case, post-Raponas

"U.S. Supreme Court wetlands decision today muddies waters" was the headline to an AP story June 20th about the Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 22, 2006

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Ind. Law - Communities seek to regulate outdoor wood-fired boilers

Updating this Sept. 11th ILB entry on municipalities taking up the ball on regulating wood-fired outdoor furnaces and boilers, Lauri...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 21, 2006

Environment - "Ban on New Forest Roads Upheld by Federal Judge"

Another west coast federal district court decision potentially impacting Indiana today. The LA Times reports, in a lengthy story by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 21, 2006

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Environment - Important decision impacting the Great Lakes

"Deadline set for ballast regulation: EPA must control ships' discharged water by 2008, U.S. judge rules" was the headline to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Law - Re the nominee to be administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the White House's OMB

Cindy Skrzycki, who writes the weekly The Regulators column for the Washington Post, writes today about the Bush nominee to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Ind. Gov't. - Harrison County's proposed countywide conservation easement program

Grace Schneider of the Louisville Courier Journal reports today:The Harrison County commissioners set aside an hour during their meeting last...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Ind. Gov't. - State of Indiana sides with Duke in case against EPA

Platts News Service reported yesterday:Duke Energy, 10 states and two electric utility groups have filed briefs with the US Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Ind. Decisions - General Motors granted summary judgment in PCB suit for damages and medical monitoring costs [Corrected]

Ed Feigenbaum of Indiana Daily Insight has this item today: In Allgood v. General Motors Corp., a case in U.S....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Friday, September 15, 2006

Environment - "President of Wabash Environmental Technologies charged with environmental crimes"

Howard Greninger of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star has a long and detailed report today that begins:TERRE HAUTE — Derrik Hagerman,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 15, 2006

Ind. Decisions - OEA judge rules in favor of much-disputed Pines transfer station

Vicki Urbanik of the Chesterton Tribune, begins her otherwise excellent story today with a common error, calling an Office of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 15, 2006

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Environment - "Was Manure-to-Power Venture Just Bull?"

From the LA Times, a lengthy must-read story in this era of turning corn into gold, and pig manure into...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Monday, September 11, 2006

Environment - Revised ordinance for outdoor wood boilers set for review

The ILB has had many entries on the state environmental agency's efforts to regulate outdoor wood-fired boilers. The effort stalled...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 11, 2006

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Enviroment - "Calif. Diverges from U.S. with Greenhouse Gas Cuts"

Interesting NPR story by Elizabeth Shogren this morning:Morning Edition, August 31, 2006 · Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California's Democrat-controlled...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 31, 2006

Environment - 3rd Circuit Rules DuPont Can't Get Help From U.S. for Voluntary Cleanup

"3rd Circuit: DuPont Can't Get Help From U.S. for Voluntary Cleanup" is the headline to a story by Sharon P....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 31, 2006

Monday, August 28, 2006

Environment - Scant land forces creative thinking for new parks

The Chicago Tribune has an interesting story today by Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah. Some quotes:Building parks once meant claiming meadows, digging...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 28, 2006

Environment - States sue other states for pollution. Could this happen here?

"Pollution in the Water, Lawsuits in the Air: With Damage to Ecosystem Jeopardizing Tourist Industry, Oklahoma Fights Back" is the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 28, 2006

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Environment - "Ohio, Michigan megafarms spur clashes over air, water pollution" [Updated]

The Toledo Blade publishes a very long and comprehesive story today about mega-dairy farms, reported by Tom Henry, and it...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 13, 2006

Environment - "Local activists starting to fill void left by Dustins"

"The new ENVIRONMENTALISTS: Local activists starting to fill void left by Dustins" is the headline to an editorial by Stacey...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 13, 2006

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Environment - News from NW Indiana

The state water pollution control board meet in Portage yesterday. The Munster (NW Indiana) Times has two reports, both frm...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 10, 2006

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Environment - Star writes: State regulators need to resolve violations at an Eastside coke plant.

From an editorial today in the Indianapolis Star:One deadline after another has passed, and state environmental regulators still haven't issued...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Monday, August 07, 2006

Environment - Evansville seeks to regulate outdoor wood-fired boilers

The Evansville Courier& Press has a story today by Bryon Rohrig that reports:Although discussion and likely passage of a ban...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 07, 2006

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Ind. Law - "Who should pay price for meth messes?"

"Who should pay price for meth messes? Proposed law makes property owners responsible for cleanup cost." That is the headline...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 06, 2006

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Courts - Cincinnati proposes full-time county housing court to eliminate lead hazards

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports today:The chairman of the city's health committee Tuesday proposed that the city help create a full-time...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Friday, July 28, 2006

Environment - US EPA accuses local woman of failing to disclose possible lead-paint hazards to tenants and buyers

A story in the Indianapolis Star today by Tammy Webber reports:The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accused a Hamilton County...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 28, 2006

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Environment - A special report on the Fernald uranium foundry cleanup

"Final chapter for Fernald: Uranium plant goes from A-bomb cog to toxic site, and now to nature park" is the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 23, 2006

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Environment - "Tapping the Latent Power in What's Left Around the Barnyard "

On the front page of the Business section of today's NY Times is this story, headlined "Tapping the Latent Power...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Environment - Honda plans the Greensburg plant to "have the smallest environmental footprint of any Honda auto plant in North America"

This encouraging news from the June 28 Honda press release announcing the new automobile manufacturing plant in Greensburg, Indiana:Honda will...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 02, 2006

Friday, June 30, 2006

Ind. Courts - Office of Environmental Adjudication moving

Mary L. Davidsen, Director and Chief Environmental Law Judge of the Indiana Office of Environmental Adjudication, writes to say the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 30, 2006

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Environment - Indiana's new status as Mecca for massive livestock operations

North Judson attorney Marty Lucas of Bigeastern.com had an excellent entry yesterday on "Indiana's new status as Mecca for massive...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Environment - More on yesterday's wetlands decision

Here are some quotes from Linda Greenhouse's front-page coverage in today's NY Times:The Supreme Court on Monday came close to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Monday, June 19, 2006

Environment - U.S. Supreme Court wetlands decision today muddies waters

The Supreme Court ruled today in favor of John Rapanos, in Rapanos v. U.S., by a vote of 5-4. Rapanos'...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 19, 2006

Enviroment - Stories today

New blog. James Bruggers, environmental reporter for the Louisville Courier Journal, whose stories have been cited frequently by the ILB,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 19, 2006

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Environment - Mt. Rumpke under a cloud

"Mt. Rumpke under a cloud: Landfill family expects opposition to growth" is the headline to a lengthy story today in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 11, 2006

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Environment - New Albany sewers investigated

"New Albany sewers investigated: Alleged sabotage, finances looked at" is the headline to a story today in the Louisville Courier...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 10, 2006

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Environment - There are limits to the reach of the information superhighway

The Indianapolis Star had a front-page story yesterday by Tammy Webber headlined "Fish warnings fail to hook those most at...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 08, 2006

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Environment - Several water stories of interest

James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier Journal reports:Southern Appalachian streams are among the most stressed in the nation, according to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Environment - Wetlands project holds open house

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports today, in a story by Sarah A. Melsch:A year ago, Eagle Marsh was farmland,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 04, 2006

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Dunes Inn idea is a bust - no bids received

The Chesterton Tribune's Vicki Urbanik had a story Friday reporting the Save the Dunes' rebuttal to the following statements by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 03, 2006

Environment - Still more on: Gravel pits in the news in Martinsville and Carmel

Updating these ILB entries from April 27th and April 29th, the Indianapolis Star reports today:Noblesville -- A rejected attempt by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 03, 2006

Friday, June 02, 2006

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Dunes Inn idea is a bust - no bids received

Updating yesterday's ILB entry are these items today. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has this editorial, titled "Dunes inn doomed:"The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 02, 2006

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Ind. Decisions - More on: Appeals court rules for medical waste plant

Updating this ILB entry from May 20, 2006, Andy Grimm of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today:The state Supreme Court will...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 01, 2006

Friday, May 19, 2006

Ind. Decisions - Court of Appeals issues two today

In the Matter of Adoption of C.E.N. - adoption, affirmed In IDEM and Midwest Medical Solutions v. Lake Co. Solid...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 19, 2006

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Law - "Justices to Hear Environmental Appeal on EPA Emissions Rule"

"Justices to Hear Environmental Appeal on EPA Emissions Rule" was the headline to a story yesterday in the Washington Post...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Environment - "Corn-as-fuel may help farmers, cost consumers"

The Indianapolis Star business writer, John Ketzenberger, provides an economics lesson today in his column, headed "Corn-as-fuel may help farmers,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Monday, May 15, 2006

Law - Two significant U.S. Supreme Court decisions today; important air review granted

Two cases out of Ohio, DaimlerChrysler Corp. v. Cuno, 04-1704, and Wilkins v. Cuno, 04-1724, involved the issue of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 15, 2006

Environment - Too many unanswered questions about Dunes lodge; Environmental Impact Statement

Tne Indianapolis Star today has a front-page story by Jason Thomas about the state's plan to lease part of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 15, 2006

Friday, May 12, 2006

Environment - "Septic Tanks Hold Surprises, Some Odious, for New Exurbanites"

The Washington Post yesterday had a lengthy and useful report yesterday, giving the scoop on septic tanks, complete with graphics....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 12, 2006

Environment - Saving Kentucky's historic tobacco barns

See this story today, with a great photo, in the Louisville Courier Journal. The Washington Post ran a long feature...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 12, 2006

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Enviroment - "Beverly Shores couple challenges state hunter harassment law"

On Oct. 14, 2005 the Munster (NW Indiana) Times ran a story by Bob Kasarda (see ILB entry here, 2nd...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Environment - More on: Gravel pits in the news in Martinsville and Carmel [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from Thursday on gravel pit issues in Martinsville and Carmel, the Indianapolis Star reports on the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 29, 2006

Friday, April 28, 2006

Environment - "State EPA chief questioned in grand jury landfill probe"

Illinois... This story is from the Chicago Tribune. Some quotes: Gov. Rod Blagojevich's environmental chief has been questioned before a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 28, 2006

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Environment - "The D.C. Circuit gives environmental regulators a refresher course in the law -- again"

From an editorial today in the Washington Post headlined "The D.C. Circuit gives environmental regulators a refresher course in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 27, 2006

Environment - Gravel pits in the news in Martinsville and Carmel [Updated]

Martinsville. The Martinsville Reporter-Times reports that "Neighbors get to state their case against gravel pit." Aaron Blevins writes:WAVERLY. The Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 27, 2006

Friday, April 21, 2006

Environment - ProLiquids bankruptcy hearing continued

"ProLiquids bankruptcy hearing continued: IDEM notifies firm it will likely face legal enforcement action" is the headline to this story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 21, 2006

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Environment - First EPA chief urges action to reduce greenhouse gases

The AP is reporting:BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- William Ruckleshaus, the first head of the Environmental Protection Agency, says it's time...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 20, 2006

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Move IDEM lawyers to AG's office?

Updating this March 24th ILB entry, titled "Move IDEM lawyers to AG's office?", the new issue of the Indiana Lawyer,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Friday, April 14, 2006

Environment - State CAFO strategy questioned

"CAFOs dominate rural strategy session" is the headline to a story by Seth Slabaugh in the Muncie Star-Press. Some quotes:WINCHESTER...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 14, 2006

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Environment - Largest ethanol refinery east of the Mississippi?

"Largest ethanol refinery east of the Mississippi? Dunkirk might land an ethanol plant equal to one being called the biggest...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Monday, April 10, 2006

Environment - 30% of water in state streams is too dirty to fish and/or swim in waterways on list tripled since '02

The Indianapolis Star today has a lengthy, front-page story by Tammy Webber headlined "Troubled Waters." It begins:Almost 1,600 Indiana streams...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 10, 2006

Ind. Gov't. - DNR head featured

"Natural Resources director off to flying startchief tackling tough issues" is the headline to a story by Lesley Stedman Weidenbener...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 10, 2006

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Environment - US EPA fines Reilly $88,468

"EPA fines Reilly $88,468: Officials not told right away about chemical releases" is the headline to a story today in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 08, 2006

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Environment - First EPA head Bill Ruckelshaus to speak at IU Bloomington

IU-Bloomington has this release today, reading in part:BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- William Ruckelshaus, the first head of the Environmental Protection Agency,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 06, 2006

Environment - "Six swine CAFO permits sought"

"Six swine CAFO permits sought: 'We're facing an onslaught,' a Randolph County CAFO opponent says" is the headline to a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 06, 2006

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Environment - US EPA Region V Administrator Skinner resigns

Chicago Business reports:(Crain’s) — Thomas V. Skinner, regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region V office in Chicago...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Ind. Law - Madison County officials can’t talk about Mallard Lake landfill

An interesting story by Stephen Dick in the Anderson Herald Bulletin today. Some quotes:When the Madison County commissioners took a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Environment - work on the Williamsburg Natural Pork Production operation will begin

The Richmond Palladium-Item reports: Dirt will start moving later this month at Centerville and Randolph County Line roads near Williamsburg...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Monday, April 03, 2006

Environment - Group appealing IDEM permit

The Monticello Herald Journal's Doug Howard reports:Over a hundred people crammed into a corner of the Monticello-Union Township Public Library...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 03, 2006

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Law - How paint companies lost a multi-billion dollar lead paint suit

This Feb. 24 ILB entry included this quote from the AP:Three former makers of lead paint are liable for a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 02, 2006

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Environment - "How Environmentalists Lost the Battle Over TCE"

"How Environmentalists Lost the Battle Over TCE" is the headline to a lengthy story today in the LA Times. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Environment - Editorial on proposed "Wells mega-farm"

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has a good, balenced editorial today on a proposed "Wells mega-farm." To see the NPDES...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Environment - Kentucky partners fined $70,000 in wetlands banl case

The Louisville Courier Journal reports today, in a story by James Bruggers:Two partners who failed to restore Nelson County farmland...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Friday, March 24, 2006

Ind. Gov't. - Move IDEM lawyers to AG's office?

Indiana Legislative Insight's hot-off-the-press new issue (subscription only, quoted with permission) reports that the AG has entered into a three-month...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 24, 2006

Friday, March 17, 2006

Environment - DC Circuit issues important Clean Air ruling today [Updated]

State of New York et al v. EPA (DC Cir., 3/17/06) Here is the AP report. Some quotes: ALBANY, N.Y....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 17, 2006

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Environment - Weakening the Toxics Release Inventory program

Yesterday's NY Times had an op-ed piece headed "A Dark Cloud Over Disclosure." Some quotes:President Bush and the Environmental Protection...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 11, 2006

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Environment - Ten-year moratorium on new hog farms in North Carolina will end soon, with no viable solution in sight

The Raleigh North Carolina News & Observer reports today, in a story headlined "Farmers seek state help on hog waste":North...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 09, 2006

Environment/Econ. Dev. - State's Pilot Shovel-Ready Program now in place

According to the new program's page on the Indiana Finance Authority website:The Pilot Shovel Ready Program is a new state...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 09, 2006

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Environment - Community fights proposed dairy farm; Mount Rumpke would double under proposed expansion

WNDU-TV, South Bend, has a report headed "Community still fighting proposed dairy farm." It begins:Lakeville, IN - A proposed dairy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Environment - Even more on proposed Pines transfer station

Following up on yesterday's ILB entry, here is a story in today's Gary Post-Tribune, by Diane Krieger Spivak, headlined "Garbage...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Environment - More on proposed Pines transfer station

The Munster (NW Indiana) Times reports today, in a story by Matthew Van Dusen:Lawyers for communities opposed to a waste...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Environment - More on: "Dairy CAFO wins case against BZA"

"Blackford board wrong to deny dairy farm hearing" is the headline to this AP story today in the Fort Wayne...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 04, 2006

Friday, March 03, 2006

Environment - "Dairy CAFO wins case against BZA"

"Dairy CAFO wins case against BZA" is the headline to a story by Seth Slabuagh in today's Muncie Star-Press. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 03, 2006

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Environment - EPA Proposes Allowing Ethanol Plants to Emit More Pollution

An AP story today, headlined "EPA Proposes Allowing Ethanol Plants to Emit More Pollution," reports:WASHINGTON — In an attempt to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 02, 2006

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Environment - Stories today on CAFOs, tire fire, gravel pit protest

CAFOs. The South Bend Tribune has a story today by James Wensits headed "Dairy permits threatened: County Council could enter...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Environment - More on "De Groot faces charges over construction"

Updating Saturday's ILB entry (2/25/06), the Huntington Herald-Press reports today, in a story by Beth Shindle:The Polk Township dairy farmer...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Environment - "Pork producer challenges environmental law"

"Pork producer challenges environmental law" is the headline to a story today by Seth Slabaugh in the Muncie Star-Press. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Ind. Law - Senate rejects efforts to amend eminent domain bill

Lesley Stedman Weidenbener reports today in the Louisville Courier Journal that:The Indiana Senate yesterday rejected two efforts to limit the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Ind. Law - House rejects effort to strip DNR of authority over deer farms

A report today in the Louisville Courier Journal:The Indiana House defeated a bill yesterday that would have stripped the Department...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Environment - Selling off parts of national forest in Indidna and Kentucky

The federal plan to sell off parts of the national forest, last written about in the ILB on Friday, is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 26, 2006

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Ind. Law - Several interesting zoning stories this week

"Property rights versus farmland protection at issue in Porter County rezoning" was the heading to an ILB entry dated Dec....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 25, 2006

Environment - "Company suing to open medical waste facility"

"Company suing to open medical waste facility" is the headline today to a story in the Gary Post-Tribune. For background...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 25, 2006

Environment - "De Groot faces charges over construction"

A story in the Huntington County Herald-Press, by Judy Fitzmaurice, reports:A Polk Township farmer who has sparred with state regulators...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 25, 2006

Friday, February 24, 2006

Environment - Hoosier National Forest; Lead Paint

National Forest. The Indianapolis Star today has an editorial today headlined "Forest land selloff isn't a smart deal." Some quotes:Even...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 24, 2006

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Environment - Heavily industrialized areas in Marion and Lake counties pose higher cancer risk

A front-page story in the Indianapolis Star today, by Tammy Webber and Mark Nichols, reports the results of a new...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 23, 2006

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Environment - Two stories about tire processing facilities today

A press release issued by Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter this afternnon reports:Muncie -- Criminal pleas have been entered in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Ind. Law - "Garton targets fenced-hunting bill "

"Garton targets fenced-hunting bill: Senate leader wants issue settled in court" is the headline to a story today in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Monday, February 20, 2006

Environment - Class-action toxic tort lawsuit filed against Alcoa in Warrick Circuit Court

"Ex-miner sues Alcoa over waste: Blames exposure for health problem" is the headline to a long story today by Mark...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 20, 2006

Environment - More on Pines Transfer Station

The Munster (NW Indiana) Times reports today, in a story by Brian Williams:Start of construction on a waste transfer station...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 20, 2006

Environment - Clean Water Act at issue in U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments

More than half of the nation's streams and wetlands could be removed from the protections of the federal Clean Water...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 20, 2006

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Environment - "Groups oppose timber sale"

The Louisville Courier Journal has an extended version of an AP story today on a plan for logging in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 19, 2006

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Environment - Ethanol plant granted air permit in Clymers, Indiana [More]

The Indianapolis Star has a brief item today on its website reporting:The Andersons, an agribusiness based in Maumee, Ohio, says...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 16, 2006

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Ind. Gov't. - Canned deer hunting bill stymied, at least for now

Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports today:Senate President Pro Tem Robert Garton, R-Columbus, sent the bill to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Monday, February 13, 2006

Ind. Law - Even more on Canned deer hunting preserves

Thanks to TDW, we can update Sunday's ILB entry on canned hunting with a link to a South Bend Tribune...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 13, 2006

Friday, February 10, 2006

Environment - Stories today re IDEM on: CAFOS; Benzene

CAFOS. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an editorial today on IDEM enforcement of CAFO regulations. Some quotes:Daniels’ appointee responsible...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 10, 2006

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Environment - Ethanol: The last word

This is the best article I've seen on ethanol, from Tuesday's NYTimes Science Section. Don't miss the graphic: "What it...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 09, 2006

Environment - Batesville has problems with outdoor wood-fired boilers

If I read this story correctly, no one in Batesville has heard of IDEM's proposed ordinance to consider regulation of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 09, 2006

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Environment - More on: IDEM: No enforcement on CAFOs for next 3 years

Last Thursday the ILB posted this entry, quoting from the Brownfield Network (America's Ag News Source) that in turn quoted...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Monday, February 06, 2006

Environment - How Clean is Clean in New Jersey?

"Finding the Bottom of a Polluted Field" is the headline to fascinating and very long story in the Sunday NY...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 06, 2006

Friday, February 03, 2006

Environment - Gary Post-Trib has another good wood-fired boilers story

Tim Zorn of the Gary Post-Tribune has good coverage again today of the wood-fired boilers issue. His comprehensive Jan. 22nd...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 03, 2006

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Environment - IDEM: No enforcement on CAFOs for next 3 years

The Brownfield Network (America's Ag News Source) reports today:What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 02, 2006

Environment - More on: EPA Deal Eases Fines for Farms That Pollute; What this Means for Indiana

The Muncie Star-Press, in a story by Seth Slabaugh, reports today on the EPA agreement with the first three Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 02, 2006

Environment - Louisville coalition wants to halt program to regulate toxic air

The Louisville Courier Journal reports today:Nineteen Louisville companies, unions and trade associations announced yesterday that they have joined forces in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 02, 2006

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Ind. Law - Canned deer hunting preserves would continue under House amendments

Existing high-fence deer hunting preserves would be allowed to continue operations under amendments to HB 1349 passed in the House...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Environment - House amendment would prohibit regulation of wood-fired boilers

A press release of State Representative Eric Koch, dated yesterday, announced:(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 30, 2006 – An amendment by State Representative...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Environment - Deal Eases Fines for Farms That Pollute; What this Means for Indiana

An AP story in the NY Times yesterday reported:WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (AP) — The Bush administration will exempt thousands of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Environment - More on "Too many unanswered questions about Dunes lodge; Environmental Impact Statement"

The Chesterton Tribune Friday carried a letter from noted Indiana environmentalist Charlotte Read on DNR's plan for the Indiana Dunes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 29, 2006

Environment - Group tackles runoff at Lake Wawasee; Much more on Confined Feeding

"Group tackles runoff at Lake Wawasee" is the headline to this story today by Kara Hull in the Fort Wayne...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 29, 2006

Friday, January 27, 2006

Environment - Ash borers and septic systems in news

The Muncie Star-Press has a report today headlined "Ash borer burden shifted to homeowners" by Seth Slabaugh. Some quotes:In November,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 27, 2006

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Environment - Too many unanswered questions about Dunes lodge; Environmental Impact Statement

The Gary Post-Tribune carried a story yesterday (no longer available online) headlined "Too many unanswered questions about Dunes lodge." Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Enviroment - Wood-fueled boilers stoke pollution debate

"Wood-fueled boilers stoke pollution debate" is the headline to a comprehensive story today by Tim Zorn in the Gary Post-Tribune....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 22, 2006

Friday, January 20, 2006

Ind. Law - Canned hunting draws fire in Fort Wayne editorial

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette contains this editorial today. A quote:An Indiana House committee and a North Manchester lawmaker demonstrated...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 20, 2006

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Environment - Ex-EPA Chiefs Blame Bush in Global Warming

The Washington Post is reporting today:WASHINGTON -- Six former heads of the Environmental Protection Agency _ five Republicans and one...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 19, 2006

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Environment - More on the Pines transfer station

The Michigan City News-Dispatch is reporting, in a story headlined "City Council supports appeal against IDEM":Michigan City might assist Pines...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Ind. Gov't. Bill to spare high-fence hunting sure to draw fire [Updated]

Will Higgins of the Indianapolis Star writes today:The controversial practice of hunting deer in high-fence preserves, set to be banned...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Ind. Gov't. - Canned hunts win new allies: Bill would overturn DNR director’s ban

"Canned hunts win new allies: Bill would overturn DNR director’s ban" is the headline to a story by outdoors editor...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Environment - Contaminated INDOT property in Dyer remains the subject of apparent foot-dragging

"State official says gas station too expensive to clean up" was the heading to this ILB entry from Nov. 17,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 15, 2006

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Environment - A Future Legal Battleground: Environmental Regulation

"A Future Legal Battleground: Environmental Regulation" was the subject of a story today on NPR's Morning Edition. The focus was...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 12, 2006

Environment - Administrative hearing on Pines transfer station set for Jan. 19th

"Lawyers to argue for stay against waste station" is the headline to a story today in the Munster (NW Indiana)...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 12, 2006

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Environment - What you need to know for recycling electronics in Indiana

Via a press release today from e.Scrap:Today, the Indiana Recycling Coalition (IRC) announces the kick-off of a statewide campaign to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Environment - A number of environmental stories today

Hazardous release. "Settlements in styrene leak top $2 million: Claims continue to be negotiated as trial looms" is the headline...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Monday, January 09, 2006

Environment - More on wood-burning outdoor boilers

The ILB's first entry on outdoor wood-fired boilers, dated Dec. 5th, quoted from this comprehensive story in the South Bend...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 09, 2006

Environment - "Cleaning up brownfields is a good real estate investment"

"Cleaning up brownfields is a good real estate investment" is the title to an editorial today in the Munster (NW...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 09, 2006

Friday, January 06, 2006

Environment - LaPorte County joins Pines transfer station appeal; IDEM may close NW Indiana office; More on wood boilers

Pine transfer station. The Michigan City News-Dispatch and the Chesterton Tribune report that LaPorte County will join the appeal. From...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 06, 2006

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Environment - Toxic release inventory under fire, still

Cindy Skrzycki's Washington Post column, The Regulators, reports today:Opposition is growing to a Bush administration plan to change the reporting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Monday, January 02, 2006

Ind. Law - More on IDEM's request for comments on whether and how to regulate outdoor wood-fired boiler

Updating the ILB entry from Dec. 29th, here is some background on the origin of IDEM's request for comments on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 02, 2006

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Environment - Porter County birds; a different look at mountain-top mining; own your own natural gas well

Porter County Birds. This story by Diane Krieger Spivakwas was published by the Gary Post-Tribune Dec. 20th (see ILB entry...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 31, 2005

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Environment - Sparks fly over outdoor wood-burning furnaces

"Sparks fly over wood-burners" was the headline to this comprehensive story by Mike Lewis in the Dec. 26th Bedford Times-Mail....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Environment - Hammond Superfund cleanup; Marshall County hogs

"Hammond Superfund cleanup nearly done" is the headline to this story today in the Munster (NW Indiana) Times. Some quotes:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 24, 2005

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Environment - Harrison County farmland program; Porter County birds

Grace Schneider of the Louisville Courier Journal reports:The Harrison County commissioners postponed action last night on an ordinance that would...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Law - The Office of Management and Budget wants to give agencies guidance on their guidance.

The Washington Post column, The Regulators, by Cindy Skrzycki, has an interesting story today headlined "The Office of Management and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Monday, December 19, 2005

Environment - Grand Calumet cleanup; CAFOs in rural counties

Grand Cal. The Munster (NW Indiana) Times reports today:HAMMOND | Separate streams of governmental attention are finally coming together to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 19, 2005

Environment - The impact of mountaintop mining in Kentucky

The ILB has had numerous entries on the issue of moutaintop mining in the past. Today the Louisville Courier Journal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 19, 2005

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Environment - New industrial park in Kentucky wins round in court

"New industrial park wins round in court" is the headline to this story by James Bruggers in the Louisville Courier...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 18, 2005

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Environment - Northwest ethanol smell still lingers

"Northwest ethanol smell still lingers" is the headline to a story today in the South Bend Tribune. Some quotes:The smell...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Environment - Residents oppose hog farm: It's near an area used by sandhill cranes

"Residents oppose hog farm: It's near an area used by sandhill cranes" is the headline to this story today in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Environment - Great Lakes overhaul plan approved; diversion plan also up for signature

The Chicago Sun-Times reports today:Although he pledged no funding for a new Great Lakes restoration plan, President Bush's environment chief...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Monday, December 12, 2005

Environment - Two more Indiana papers pick up corn-fired boiler story

Two more papers, the Louisville Courier Journal and the Evansville Courier& Press have picked up (here and here) the syndicated...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 12, 2005

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Environment - Chicago Tribune reports on the "Toxic risk on your plate"

The headline: "Toxic risk on your plate: Seafood for sale in area stores is contaminated with mercury, Tribune testing shows....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 11, 2005

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Environment - Pros and cons of wood-fired (or corn-fired) outdoor boilers [Updated]

Monday the South Bend Tribune had a story titled "Wood-burning outdoor boiler catching heat: Citing health, environmental concerns, neighbors object...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 10, 2005

Friday, December 09, 2005

Environment - Biodiesel plant, ducks unlimited

Biodiesel. The Gary Post-Tribune reports today:HAMMOND | The city is leading the fight against air pollution and dependency on foreign...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 09, 2005

Environment - More on: Ethanol plant earns Wells limited backing

Updating this ILB entry from Wednesday titled "Ethanol plant earns Wells limited backing," the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 09, 2005

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Environment - Federal judge in Michigan halts plans for Mason Tract drilling

"Federal judge halts plans for Mason Tract drilling" is the headline to this story this afternoon on the Detroit Free-Press...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Environment - State seeks EPA funds for clean land plan; Indiana Toll Road RFPs

Brownfields. "State seeks EPA funds for clean land plan" is the headline to a story today in the Gary Post-Tribune....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Environment - Ethanol plant earns Wells limited backing

"Ethanol plant earns Wells OK with tax backing" is the somewhat misleading headline to this story today by Rebecca Green...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Environment - More on: Concern about proposed Jasper County CAFO bordering the Jasper/Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area

The AP has picked up yesterday's Gary Post-Tribune story (see ILB entry here), and the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Environment - Concern about proposed Jasper County CAFO bordering the Jasper/Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area

The Gary Post-Tribune reports today, in a lengthy story by Jon Seidel headlined "Hog farm ruffles haven in crane migration...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Monday, December 05, 2005

Environment - Wood-burning outdoor boiler catching heat

"Wood-burning outdoor boiler catching heat: Citing health, environmental concerns, neighbors object to resident's heat source" is the headline to this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 05, 2005

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Environment - State of New York Brownfield Cleanup Program "badly flawed in execution"

"A Cleanup That's Easier Legislated Than Done" is the headline to the story today in the NY Times that could...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 04, 2005

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Environment - Interesting stories today, particularly as juxtaposed

"Report Accuses EPA of Slanting Analysis: Hill Researchers Say Agency Fixed Pollution Study to Favor Bush's 'Clear Skies'" is the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 03, 2005

Monday, November 28, 2005

Environment - National Environmental Policy Act under siege

In a Christian Science Monitor long article today headlined "A tough look at a key environmental law: A congressional group...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 28, 2005

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Environment - Kentucky gas/oil boom; Pines transfer station appeal

Kentucky oil and gas boom. "State's oil, gas boom spurring concerns: Critics push for tougher rules to protect people, environment"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 27, 2005

Ind. Gov't. - A new look at Wayne County agricultural zoning

The Richmond Palladium-Item has a column today by Steve Higinbotham of Hagerstown, Wayne County Director of Development. He writes:Agriculture in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 27, 2005

Friday, November 25, 2005

Environment - INDOT settles claims with U.S. EPA for illegally filling a wetland near Indianapolis International Airport

On 2/6/05 the ILB posted an entry citing an Indianapolis Star story by Tammy Webber. Some quotes from that story:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 25, 2005

Environment - Illegal dumping in Lake County, Brownfeilds cleanup in Richmond

"IDEM finds violations at Hobart auto shop: IDEM says business owner is cooperating in cleanup" is the headline to a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 25, 2005

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Environment - Beverly Shores/Town of Pines hire Ice Miller for appeal of IDEM transfer station permit

The Michigan City News-Dispatch reports today:BEVERLY SHORES - The town of Beverly Shores agreed Monday night to join the town...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Environment - Oil firm loses pollution suit; Green gunk at NW Ind. Superfund site

"Oil firm loses pollution suit: Jury awards $120 million to Blue Island residents" is the headline to this story today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Ind. Gov't. - "Blackford officials, state end farm feud"

"Blackford officials, state end farm feud" is the headline to a story today in the Muncie Star-Press about how:Andrew Miller,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Monday, November 21, 2005

Environment - "EPA should keep air quality standards in place for Lake and Porter counties"; Ship Harbor Cleanup Delayed; Fernald waste cleanup

Responding to stories earlier this month that the Governor (as reported in the Munster (NW Indiana) Times) has "announced plans...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 21, 2005

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Environment - Five appeals filed against the wetland permit granted for extension of Porter County road

"IDEM to hear Vale Park appeals Dec. 20" is the headline to this story today in the Munster (NW Indiana)...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 20, 2005

Friday, November 18, 2005

Environment - Great Lakes water; Transfer station challenge

"Great Lakes states seek lock on water" is the headline to this story in the Chicago Sun-Times:Fear that fast-growing, thirsty...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 18, 2005

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Environment - Pollution by airports; state official says gas station too expensive to clean up

Airport. James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier Journal reports today in a story headlined "Study indicates airport is major source...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 17, 2005

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Environment - Wells sidesteps ethanol details: Investors ask county for $50 million bond [Updated]

"Wells County Council members are still waiting for key information before they decide whether to guarantee more than $50 million in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Enviroment - Jasper County hog farm protested, approved

The Munster (NW Indiana) Times reports today:WHEATFIELD | Jasper County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a special exception permit Monday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Ind. Law - Lawsuit targets Hartford ethanol plant

"Lawsuit targets Hartford ethanol plant" is the headline to a story today in the Muncie Star-Press. Some quotes:HARTFORD CITY --...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Environment - Pointing fingers across the state line

"Pointing fingers across the state line: Industry groups, environmentalists and politicians are bickering over who is to blame for regional...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 13, 2005

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Environment - Ethanol; Pines transfer station

Updating two of the items from this entry yesterday: Ethanol. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has two editorials today on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 12, 2005

Enviroment - Costly asbestos removal slowed work at Evansville State Hospital

The Evansville Courier& Press reports today, in a story by Libby Keeling, that:Removing asbestos from 16 old buildings being demolished...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 12, 2005

Friday, November 11, 2005

Environment - Ethanol; Polluted land returned; Contamination exceeds expectations; Pines transfer station; Great Lakes carp; Porter County wetlands

Ethanol. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports today:Wells County Council members are still waiting for key information before they decide...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 11, 2005

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Environment - 8,000-head confined hog operation challenged in court

An ILB report on Oct. 16th included this quote from a story in the Seymour Tribune by Danya Cain:A long...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 10, 2005

Environment - Dunes Lakeshore Transfer Station; Deer Sterilization

Transfer Station. Disputed transfer station granted IDEM permit, reports both the Munster (NW Indiana) Times and the Gary Post-Tribune today....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 10, 2005

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Environment - Many interests combined to make possible the State's purchase of the Goose Pond and Beehunter Marsh properties

The Linton Daily Citizen has a good story today by Andrea McCann on the purchase of the Goose Pond and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Environment - Peabody mine waste; Visclosky appropriation; South Bend settlement

"Peabody mine waste plan worries environmentalists" is the headline to an AP story today in the Evansville Courier& Press. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Ind. Econ. Dev. - Gary's Marquette Park gets $20 million

"Visclosky wins $20 million for Marquette Plan" was the headline to a story yesterday in the Chesterton Tribune that reported:U.S....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Environment - Mountaintop mining; Delaware County Ag Park; Recycling Building Waste

Mountaintop mining. The Louisville Courier Journal reports today:PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- Environmentalists asked a federal judge yesterday to stop the Army...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Monday, November 07, 2005

Environment - State can't check all caps on oil wells

"State can't check all caps on oil wells: 2 admit falsifying documents" is the headline to an AP story today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 07, 2005

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Environment- PCBs; ethanol study; ethanol plant

PCBs. The Indianapolis Star reports today:Bloomington -- Workers cleaning up PCB-tainted sediment at the former site of a Westinghouse plant...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 06, 2005

Ind. Law - More on ex-state DNR worker admits fraud

Following up her story yesterday in the Evansville Courier& Press on how a former DNR inspector has admitted to creating...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 06, 2005

Environment - State buys 8,000-acre Goose Pond and Beehunter Marsh

"For birds in transit, a spacious stopover: State buys 8,000-acre site to draw little-seen migratory species" is the headline to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 06, 2005

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Environment - NW Ind. air; nerve gas; endangered species; ag park

NW Indiana Air. Both the Munster (NW Indiana) Times and the Gary Post-Tribune report today that Gov. Daniels has "announced...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 05, 2005

Friday, November 04, 2005

Ind. Econ. Dev. - Ag park; lots of corn

"Ag park approved at emotional meeting" is the headline to this story today in the Muncie Star-Press. "Corn, corn everywhere...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 04, 2005

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Environment - Delaware County ag park proposal; Pines transfer station

The Muncie Star-Press reports today, in a story by Seth Slabaugh:MUNCIE - The city-county planning commission is scheduled to conduct...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 03, 2005

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Environment - Newburgh settles water pollution problems; Hobart cemetery wetlands permit opposed; Delaware County ag park

"Newburgh settles water pollution problems" is the headline to a story today in the Evansville Courier& Press. Some quotes"Federal and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Environment - More on Hassan Barrel site in Fort Wayne

"EPA crew fences in toxic chemicals site" is the headline to a story today by Dan Stockman in the Fort...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Monday, October 31, 2005

Environment - More on Great Lakes issues; logging Indiana' state forests

The Washington Post yesterday had a story titled "States, Canada Move to Block Sales of Water." A quote:Great Lakes governors...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 31, 2005

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Enviroment - Recent stories include sewer sabotage, contaminated barrels, Indiana agriculture regulatory council; Great Lakes

Sewers. "Sewers sabotaged in New Albany: Untreated water flowed into Ohio" is the headline to a story from Saturday in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 30, 2005

Environment- Fort Wayne paper has major editorial on big livestock operations

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has a major, signed editorial today by Stacey Stempf titled "Mega-farms smell of money: Big...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 30, 2005

Friday, October 28, 2005

Environment - Report on final 2005 meeting of Environmental Quality Service Council

Rep. Ryan Dvorak reports in his blog on Wednesday's final 2005 meeting of the legislative Environmental Quality Service Council (EQSC)....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 28, 2005

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Environment - Stories today on Delaware county ag park, Corydon brownsfield grant

"More regulation of ag park proposed" is the headline to this Seth Slabaugh story today in the Muncie Star-Press. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 27, 2005

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Environment - More on land application in Porter County

Updating this 10/20/05 ILB entry titled "Biosolids confrontation in Porter County involved call to State Police" is this story today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Environment - More on hexavalent chromium in Jackson County

Today's lead editorial in the Indianapolis Star urges: "The state should emulate the urgency and diligence demonstrated by residents fearful...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Monday, October 24, 2005

Environment - Stories today on hexavalent chromium, a peat-accumulating wetland, dredging Indiana harbor

The Indianapolis Star has a front-page story today on hexavalent chromium in Jackson County. Tammy Webber's story begins:MEDORA, Ind. --...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 24, 2005

Ind. Gov't. - Inside baseball speculation on who wil head the Natural Resources Commission

"Indiana Outdoors: Outgoing Marion resources chairman leaves void: Several candidates in line to replace Kiley at state post" was the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 24, 2005

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Ind. Gov't. - Pros and cons of Indiana game "preserves"

The pros and cons of so-called Indiana game preserves are explored today in a lengthy front-page story by Will Higgins...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 23, 2005

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Environment - A number of recent stories

Feds fine Indianapolis Casting $446,000. A story by Tammy Webber in the Indianapolis Star today reports:An Indianapolis iron foundry has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 22, 2005

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Environment - More on state logging plan

The Monticello Herald Journal has another story on the DNR logging plan today; a companion to its story from Monday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 20, 2005

Environment - "Abandoned gas station owner facing major fines"

"Abandoned gas station owner facing major fines" is the headline to a story today in the Evansville Courier& Press. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 20, 2005

Environment - Biosolids confrontation in Porter County involved call to State Police

Jim Stinson of the Gary Post-Tribune reports today on a dispute that has been going on in Porter County this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 20, 2005

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Ind. Gov't. - State Rep. reports on Indiana's environmental crimes task force

State Rep. Ryan Dvorak has a good report today on the first meeting of the Environmental Crimes Task Force. Access...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Environment - "Adapt and thrive" - the new BigEastern.com

Marty Lucas, North Judson attorney, conservationist and longtime blogger, announced this week a new focus to his blog, BigEastern.com:[H]enceforth I'll...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Environment - Stories today on "blue bag waste", environmental cleanup, septics

Chicago's "Blue bag waste" is coming to Indiana, again, but this time to a landfill. The Chicago Tribune reports today:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Monday, October 17, 2005

Environment - More stories today, on meth labs, logging, and the Great Lakes

"Methamphetamine labs leave toxic legacies" is the headline to this story today in the South Bend Tribune. Some quotes:Making meth...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 17, 2005

Environment - Stories today include emissions, CAFOs, and the Great Lakes

Emissions."Indiana, EPA may collide on emissions: It's unknown if state is really at risk in 'game of chicken'" is headline...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 17, 2005

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Environment - Idaho following the lead of Indiana?

Tondu's proposed coal gasification plant has made the news in Idaho. (See a number of ILB stories by typing "Tondu"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 16, 2005

Environment - Stories today on CAFOs, health screenings

CAFOs. Updating this ILB report from 10/12/05 on the the approval of a hog farm in Vallonia by the "Jackson...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 16, 2005

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Environment - The Clean Water Act

The federal Clean Water Act is the subject of th lead NY Times editorial today:The Clean Water Act of 1972,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 15, 2005

Friday, October 14, 2005

Enviroment - Stories today on seed preservation, hunting, and CAFOs [Updated]

"Preserving Indiana — Seeding plan helps prairie become self-sustaining" is the headline to a fascinating, long, and unsigned piece in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 14, 2005

Ind. Law - Zoning issues in Clarke County project

A story in today's Louisville Courier Journal by Alex Davis includes an interesting discussion of "greenspace" and density. Some quotes:At...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 14, 2005

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Environment - Interesting Wall Street Journal poll today

The free version of the Wall Street Journal today reports on a Harris Poll with the headline: "Nearly Half of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 13, 2005

Law - Federal Jurisdiction over Wetlands

The Diane Rehm show this morning on NPR features:Federal Jurisdiction over Wetlands The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 13, 2005

Environment - Civil and criminal charges brought against alleged Delaware County violators

Two stories today in the Muncie StarPress, both by Seth Slabaugh: "Open dump still not cleaned up" is the headline...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 13, 2005

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Environment - Focus on confined feeding continues

I looked back to the first month of this incarnation of The Indiana Law Blog today, and found that the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Law - "Court to Rule on Federal Regulation of Wetlands"

"Court to Rule on Federal Regulation of Wetlands" is the headline to this story by Charles Lane today in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Environment - Stories today on CAFOs, coal sludge

"Dairy CAFO not dead yet" is the headline to this story in the Muncie StarPress by Seth Slabaugh. Some quotes:HARTFORD...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Monday, October 10, 2005

Ind. Econ. Dev. - Financing ethanol plants

The Decatur Daily Democrat has a story today titled "Ethanol plant builder seeks Wells aid." Some quotes:BLUFFTON, Ind. (AP) —...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 10, 2005

Environment - Tippecanoe County may restrict crematoriums

What with all the concern about living next to a transfer station or a hog farm, I really hadn't focused...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 10, 2005

Environment- More on logging Indiana forests; stadium dirt; rumored reservoir; states take on feds

"State forester seeks vision for land use" is the headline to this story by Lesley Stedman Weidenbener in today's Louisville...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 10, 2005

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Environment - Revamping species act draws fans, foes

"Revamping species act draws fans, foes in area: Business groups see balance; others fear loss of wildlife," is the headline...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 08, 2005

Friday, October 07, 2005

Environment - Agriculture stories today

"Changes planned for manure regulations: Commissioners want to change ordinance on confined feeding operations" is the headline to this story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 07, 2005

Environment - National stories on brownfields, bird flu

"New growth sprouts on USA's brownfields" is the headline to this story today in USAToday. The lengthy piece begins:BALA CYNWYD,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 07, 2005

Environment - Indiana wetlands in the news today

The Terre Haute TribuneStar reports:About $4.1 million in federal and private funds will be dedicated to a project that will...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 07, 2005

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Environment - State says dirt from stadium site poses no threat [Updated]

The Indianapolis Star website has a report this afternoon by Michelle McNeil headlined "State says dirt from stadium site poses...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 06, 2005

Environment - Transfer station proposals in news

The Lafayette Cournal&Courier reports:The ordinance committee of the area plan commission recommended Wednesday a measure that would tighten the rules...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 06, 2005

Environment - Insurers concerned about climate change

"A New Worry for Insurers: Firms Looking at Whether Climate Change Could Affect Their Bottom Lines" was the headline to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 06, 2005

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Environment - More on logging in state forests

"Group hopes to ax forest management plan" is the headline to a story by Jonathan Hiskes in the Brown County...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Environment - Indianapolis water and sewer in headlines again today; more on state forests

As was the case yesterday (see this ILB entry), today's Indianapolis Star has front-page stories today on Indianapolis' water and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Environment - Air Pollution: Hazardous haze worse this year

The Sunday Indianapolis Star's front-page, above-the-fold story today, by Tammy Webber, is headlined "Hazardous haze worse this year: Spike in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 02, 2005

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Ind. Gov't. - "IDEM claim of quickly cleared cases is challenged [Updated]

"IDEM claim of quickly cleared cases is challenged" is the headline to this story, by Niki Kelly, in today's Fort...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 01, 2005

Environment - Some stories today

Brownfields. "Wabash gets grant to clean brownfield" is the headline to this story today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 01, 2005

Friday, September 30, 2005

Ind. Gov't. - Governor appoints environmental policy assistant

This position was called Executive Assistant for Environmental Policy in prior years; I don't know what it is called now....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 30, 2005

Environment - More on Gov. Daniels' plan to expand logging

"State to expand logging of forests" is the headline to a story by Lesley Stedman Weidenbener in today's Louisville Courier...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 30, 2005

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Environment - Stories today

"Dunes group warns of threat to National Lakeshore: Changes to National Park Service policy would downgrade preservation" ist he headline...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 29, 2005

Env./Econ. Dev. - Tondu plant rejection lamented

From an editorial yesterday in the South Bend Tribune:We are disappointed by the St. Joseph County Council's denial of a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 29, 2005

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Environment - Several copies of the 2005 Indiana Environmental Statutes are available

The pre-sold 2005 Indiana Environmental Statutes, published by my company, have all been distributed. As of 9/28/05, I have ten...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Environment - Plymouth looks to mark storm water inlets

WTCA-AM (1050 AM, the voice of Marshall County) has an interesting piece about what strikes me as a very good...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Ind. Gov't. - Some upcoming interim legislative meetings

The Environmental Quality Service Council is meeting tomorrow. As I noted in this entry, "The influential EQSC is where much...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Environment - Fort Wayne creates wetland to combat combined sewer overflows

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports today on the dedication of a swamp. Some quotes:Mayor Graham Richard dedicated a swamp...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Environment - State sheds light on sewage

A front-page story by Tammy Webber in today's Indianapolis Star reports on a new IDEM webpage:On Monday, the Indiana Department...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Monday, September 26, 2005

Environment - More recent stories

Septic systems. The Monticello Herald Journal reported here last week that the "New septic ordinance passes first step." Some quotes:White...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 26, 2005

Environment - Some recent stories

Rose Acres in North Carolina. A quote from a North Carolina paper, the Washington Daily News:Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 26, 2005

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Env. & Econ. Dev. - Elkhart rezoning receives approval

The 9/3/05 ILB had an entry (second item) on a proposed rezoing of Elkhart County. On 9/16/05 the ILB had...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court denies transfer in Porter County landfill case

The Munster (NW Indiana) Times reports today:The Indiana Supreme Court has brought an end to plans to build a 354-acre...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Law - Settlements in Kentucky coal-waste lawsuits

The Louisville Courier Journal reports today:INEZ, Ky. -- Twelve Martin County families are the latest to settle a lawsuit with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Monday, September 19, 2005

Environment - Small farmers and the right-to-farm act in New York State

Here is an interesting feature from an "alternative newsweekly of the New York Capital Region" called Metroland.net. "Homebuyers seeking a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 19, 2005

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Environment - More on Tondu vote put on hold

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 14th, the South Bend Tribune reports today that: "The next pivotal date in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 18, 2005

Ind. Gov't - State ag leader questions CAFO denial

Seth Slabuagh of the Muncie Star-Press reports today, in a story headed "State ag leader questions CAFO denial" and datelined...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 18, 2005

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Ind. Law - More on Kosciusko lake group wants to curtail shore development

Thursday the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette published an article titled "Kosciusko lake group wants to curtail shore development" - see...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 17, 2005

Environment - New Orleans, the Sunken City

This month's New Yorker has an excerpt from a 1987 article by John McPhee that describes the geography and geology...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 17, 2005

Friday, September 16, 2005

Environment - Daniels plans to cut down up to five times the number of trees in state forests [Updated]

From a story posted on the Indianapolis Star website this afternoon:The state Department of Natural Resources has historically harvested about...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 16, 2005

Law - Coal-sludge spill lawsuit will go to trial Monday in E. Ky.

An AP story today in the Louisville Courier Journal reports:INEZ, Ky. -- A trial is scheduled to begin Monday in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 16, 2005

Environment - Ethanol stories today

Ethanol. Seth Slabaugh has two stories today in the Muncie StarPress. "Ethanol plants called corn 'vacuum cleaners'" is the headline...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 16, 2005

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Environment - "Floods' Pollutants Within the Norm"

According to a story today in the Washington Post:NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 14 -- Early tests on the floodwater that covered...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 15, 2005

Ind. Law - Kosciusko lake group wants to curtail shore development

"Kosciusko lake group wants to curtail shore development" is the headline to a story today in the Fort Wayne Journal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 15, 2005

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Environment - The Hapless Toad; Lake County Air

The Hapless Toad. Notre Dame Law School environmental law professor John Copeland Nagle has a commentary on the D.C. Circuit's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Environment - Tondu vote put on hold

Updating yesterday's South Bend Tribune story (see ILB entry here), the paper today reports:The council voted 6 to 3 in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Environment - Berne targets septic systems, and more

Septic tanks. J. Swygart of the Decatur Daily Democrat reports today:Shannon Smitley, planning department inspector for the city of Berne,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Ind. Econ. Dev. - More on turning Reynolds into "Biotown, USA"

Updating the ILB entry from yesterday, see this story today in the Lafayette Journal & Courier. Some quotes:REYNOLDS -- Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Environment - South Bend County Council vote tonight on Tondu coal gasification plant

The South Bend Tribune reports today:SOUTH BEND -- County Council members slated to decide tonight whether a coal gasification power...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Law - In the regulatory arena, states rush in where the feds fear to tread

"States Rush in Where the Feds Fear to Tread" is the headline to a really interesting article today by Cindy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Ind. Econ. Dev. - Daniels hopes to transform town of Reynolds so it's powered only by renewable power sources

"Hoosier burg to be pilot for energy project: Daniels hopes to transform town of Reynolds so it's powered only by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Monday, September 12, 2005

Environment - Star story today about EPA's proposed change in power plant pollution rule

The Indianapolis Star's Tammy Webber has a long story today on the front page of the City & State section,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 12, 2005

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Environment - "Delaware County lacks CAFO regulation"

"Delaware County lacks CAFO regulation" was the headline to a story by Seth Slabaugh Friday in the Muncie StarPress. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 11, 2005

Environment - What is it like to live near an ethanol plant?

The Muncie StarPress reports today:Because of the possibility of an ethanol plant being sited in Delaware, Randolph or another nearby...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 11, 2005

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Environment - EQSC to meet next Tuesday on CAFOs

The interim legislative committee, the Environmental Quality Service Council (EQSC), is meeting Tuesday, September 13. Here is the agenda. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 10, 2005

Environment - Several stories today

Katrina. "Flooded Toxic Waste Sites Are Potential Health Threat" is the headline to this story today in the Washington Post....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 10, 2005

Friday, September 09, 2005

Enviroment - "EPA should create a centralized online data system "

"EPA should create a centralized online data system" is the headline to a story on GovExec.com about an 86-page, June...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 09, 2005

Environment - Several stories today [Updated]

"Ag park hearing delayed" is the headline to this Seth Slabaugh story today in the Muncie Star-Press. It begins:MUNCIE -...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 09, 2005

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Environment - A number of stories today

Wetlands. "Undoing the damage: Wolf Lake should restore wetlands, remove homes from flood-plain designation" is the headline to this story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 08, 2005

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Environment - Sabotage suspected at dairy CAFO

Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press reports in Thursday's paper:WINCHESTER - Police are going door to door in a rural...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Environment - Floodwaters now "laced with raw sewage, bacteria, heavy metals, pesticides and toxic chemicals"

Updatig the ILB entry from Monday on the environmental impact of Hurrican Katrina are a number of stories today. "Katrina...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Monday, September 05, 2005

Ind. Decisions - Cinergy loses summary judgment motion in NSR case

Last Monday, August 29, 2005, Chief Judge McKinney issued an order denying Cinergy's motion for summary judgment, and granting the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 05, 2005

Environment - Impact of Hurricane Katrina

"Environmental damage 'a creeping catastrophe'" is the headline to this story today in the Chicago Tribune. Some quotes:Long after murky...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 05, 2005

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Law - Flood insurance coverage, coastal development, and Hurricane Katrina

Last Wednesday the NY Times had a story in its business section, written by Jennifer Bayot, headlined "Insurance: Payouts Hinge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 04, 2005

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Env. & Econ. Dev. - Several stories today on environment, land use, and economic development issues

"Residents, officials concerned abandoned landfill poses danger to well water" is the headline to this story today in the Munster...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 03, 2005

Friday, September 02, 2005

Environment - Several stories today

"Citizens speak up about factory farm: Public voices concerns at hearing Wednesday" is the headline to this story today in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 02, 2005

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Environment - More on the ag-park concept

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has issued a press release today on ag-parks. Some quotes:“An agricultural park is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 01, 2005

Environment - "Ag-park decision might take time"

"Ag-park decision might take time" is the headline to this Seth Slabaugh story in today's Muncie Star-Press. Some quotes:MUNCIE -...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 01, 2005

Monday, August 29, 2005

Environment - A $17.1 million upgrade at Muncie's Water Pollution Control Facility; Great Lakes initiative; Tondu power plant

CSOs. The Muncie Star-Press reports today, in a story by Rick Yencer:MUNCIE - A $17.1 million upgrade at Muncie's Water...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 29, 2005

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Environment - Stories today on ethanol agri-park

Two more stories in the Muncie Star-Press today about building an agricultural park near Muncie to house an ethanol refinery/brewery,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 28, 2005

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Ind. Gov't. - More today on Indiana deer; non-attorney misidentified in several stories

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has a story today by Phil Bllom, Outdoors editor, headlined "Deer herd sale subject of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 27, 2005

Friday, August 26, 2005

Environment - Power plant, shooting range

Power plant. A proposed New Carlisle coal gasificiation plant is on the defensive, according to this story in the LaPorte...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 26, 2005

Environment - GAO Report on Great Lakes Initiative released

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released the following report: Great Lakes Initiative: EPA Needs to Better Ensure the Complete...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 26, 2005

Ind. Gov't. - DNR sued over ban on deer farms

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has a story today by Rebecca S. Green headlined "Preserve owner suing over ban". Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 26, 2005

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Environment - More on Blackford County CAFO denial, and related matters

Yesterday (second item) the ILB linked to the Muncie Star-Press report on the Blackford County Board of Zoning Appeal denial...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 25, 2005

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Environment - Stories today include mountaintop mining issues in Kentucky; CAFO denial; NE States to Freeze Powerplant Emissions

Mountaintop mining. The Louisville Courier Journal has a story today headlined: "Coal mining rule may be relaxed: Some fear proposal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Environment - Several stories today [Updated]

Mongo River. I have a gripe with the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Last Thursday they had a story (see ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Monday, August 22, 2005

Environment - Two stories today on mega-farms

"Lawsuit challenges dairy farm plan" is the headline to this story today in the Evansville Courier& Press. Some quotes:KENTLAND, Ind....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 22, 2005

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Environment - Several stories today

NWI Medical Waste. "Residents say no to med waste in Gary, East Chicago" is the headline to this story today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 20, 2005

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Ind. Decisions - More on "Associational standing stands"

As the ILB was apparently the first to report yesterday (here), the Indiana Supreme Court has failed to grant transfer...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 18, 2005

Environment - More on the Mongo River navigability issue

Following up on earlier stories (see the 7/31/05 and 8/2/05 ILB entries), Frank Gray of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 18, 2005

Environment - Safety measures for BP's Whiting refinery

The Munster (NW Indiana) Times reports today, in a story by Susan Brown:WHITING | Local BP and United Steelworkers officials...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 18, 2005

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Ind. Law - Associational standing stands

The Indiana Supreme Court reportedly has failed to grant transfer in Save the Valley v. Indiana-Kentucky Electric -- thereby now...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Environment - Manufacturer and environmental groups team up in Wisconsin, without success

This interesting story in the Chicago Tribune today begins:It seemed an odd alliance: the environmentalists alongside the people who bring...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Ind. Gov't. - The DNR move to enforce fenced hunting ban, contrasted with the BMV ID "rule"

As reported in a number of state papers Thursday and Friday, Indiana's DNR chief announced Thursday that high-fenced shooting preserves...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 13, 2005

Friday, August 12, 2005

Environment - Several interesting stories today

Two very interesting stories today, both long, both from the NY Times. (Remember that the NYT stories are only free...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 12, 2005

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Environment - Several recent stories

Infectious medical waste - The Gary Post-Tribune has a story today reporting that the Lake county solid waste district will...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Friday, August 05, 2005

Environment - Chicago River's Clean Water Act success: Beavers at Merchandise Mart

The headline today to this story in the Chicago Tribune: "I'll be dammed! Wildlife moves to Chicago River: With cleaner...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 05, 2005

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Environment - More on "Head of Improving Kids' Environment moves on"

Updating the ILB entry from 7/31/05, the Indianapolis Star has an editorial today titled "Worthy successor takes up the cause,"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 04, 2005

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Law - Right to walk along Michigan's Lake Michigan shoreline

In a May 17, 2004 entry, the ILB reported on the controversial Michigan Court of Appeals decision, Glass v. Goeckel...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 31, 2005

Environment - Head of Improving Kids' Environment moves on

Indianapolis attorney Tom Neltner, head of Improving Kids' Environment, is taking a job in D.C., according to this story by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 31, 2005

Monday, June 06, 2005

2005 Indiana Environmental Statutes

We are taking orders until the end of June for the Environmental Information Solutions 2005 edition of the Indiana Environmental...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 06, 2005

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Environment - Wolkins' "no more stringent" memo may be less than billed

I've been able to obtain a copy of the much discussed Memoranum of Understanding between state Rep. David Wolkins and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 19, 2005

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Environment - EPA will test Indianapolis yards for lead pollution

The Indianapolis Star is reporting:Residents near a former lead smelter on the city's Near Eastside will hear next week about...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 30, 2005

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Environment - More on "no more stringent" memo

In my post yesterday evening ("No more stringent: now you see it, now you don't") based on the South Bend...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 28, 2005

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Environment - [Updated] No more stringent: now you see it, now you don't

Martin DeAgostino of the South Bend Tribune has a whale of a story today, headlined: "Stalled in committee, environmental bill...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Law - Lawsuit filed over Kentucky subdivision

"Lawsuit filed over subdivision: Oldham sewer district against septic systems" is the headline to a story today in the Louisville...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Environment - Pollution provision removed from bill

"Pollution provision removed from bill: State can still be stricted than U.S." is the headline to an AP story by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Environment - Stories today

"Cleanup at NIPSCO site unlikely this year: State wants better remediation plan in place" is the headline to a story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 24, 2005

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Environment - Stories today

"Slurry task force seeks to protect the environment" is the headline to an AP story published today in the Louisville...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 23, 2005

Friday, April 22, 2005

Environment - Stories today

"Environmental cleanup to preface Scribner work" is the headline to this story today by Ben Zion Hershberg in the Louisville...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 22, 2005

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Environment - Stories today

"Cinergy officials hope haze problem solved" is the headline to this story today in the Evansville Courier& Press. Some quotes:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 21, 2005

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Environment - EPA cites Indiana plant emissions

"EPA cites Indiana plant emissions: Toxic chemical leaked for years" is the headline to this story, comple with maps, by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Monday, April 18, 2005

Environment - Stories today

"The Pines groundwater update set for Tuesday: Results from tests in Beverly Shores to be announced" is the headline to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 18, 2005

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Environment - Interview with IDEM's Commissioner

The Bloomington Alternative has a lengthy interview, which should be read in full, with still new IDEM Commissioner Tom Easterly...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 17, 2005

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Environment - Another story on the "no more stringent" language in SB 298

"Pollution bill would keep state from having tougher rules than EPA" is the title to a story by Tammy Webber...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 16, 2005

Friday, April 15, 2005

Environment - PCB at Marble Hill: Answers sought on plans to expand storage

"PCB at Marble Hill Answers sought on plans to expand storage" is the headline to a story today in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 15, 2005

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Environment - 4,500-cow dairy farm in Ohio receives state permits

"4,500-cow dairy farm receives state permits" is the headline to a story today in the Toledo Blade. The story, by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Environment - Turning hog waste into black gold in Illinois

"Pig farm strives to breathe easy with suburbs: Hog waste turned into no-odor compost" is the headline to this story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Environment - Two economic development bills awaiting Governor's signature

Among the bills awaiting Governor Daniels' signature are two relating to the environment/economic development: House Bill 1653 creates a "shovel...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Ind. Law - Still more on proposed "no more stringent" law

The Evansville Courier& Press has an editorial today on SB 298, asking "Why Tie Our Own Hands?" Some quotes:One of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Monday, April 11, 2005

Environment - Kentucky sludge dispute spurs closer looks at laws regulating sewage

"Sludge dispute spurs closer looks at laws regulating sewage" is the headline to a story today in the Louisville Courier...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 11, 2005

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Ind. Law - Dispute awaits environmental bill

More today in several Indiana papers about SB 298, via an AP story by Rick Callahan, headlined by the Louisville...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 10, 2005

Friday, April 08, 2005

Environment - Land trust gets more time

"Land trust gets more time: Environmental group trying to avoid taxes" is the headline to a story today in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 08, 2005

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Ind. Law - This bill hazardous to Hoosiers' health

"This bill hazardous to Hoosiers' health" is the heading to the lead editorial today in the Indianapolis Star. Some quotes:A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 07, 2005

Environment - IDEM recommends centralized manure composting facility

A story today by Seth Slabaugh in the Muncie Star-Press reports:ANDERSON - State officials suggest creating a centralized manure composting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 07, 2005

Environment - Hopkins sewage proposal dropped

"Hopkins sewage proposal dropped: Firm's plan to bury sludge met with public resistance" is the headline to a story today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 07, 2005

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Environment - St. Joseph and Elkhart counties taken off EPA list

An AP story posted this afternoon on the Indianapolis Star website reports:WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Monday, April 04, 2005

Environment - EPA to study air near large farms

"EPA to study air near large farms" is the headline to a story today by John Lucas in the Evansville...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 04, 2005

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Environment - Pollution-control debate in Louisville pits public health against economy

Here is a story from the Louisville Courier Journal illustrating the classic clash. The report begins::It's a clash pitting public...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 03, 2005

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Environment - Pollution case costs Dart $325,000

"Pollution case costs Dart $325,000: Initial dumping fine was $5,000" is the headline to a story today in the Louisville...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Environment - Several items today

Doug Masson's Blog today has an interesting item on agricultural nuisance actions, as in Senate Bill 267. His conclusion:So, presumably...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Environment - In Ohio, One Farmer's Prosperity Is Another's Poison

The NY Times had a long piece Saturday about the Dutch mega-daries moving into the midwestern states of Ohio, Michigan,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 27, 2005

Friday, March 25, 2005

Environment - More about Marble Hill

Last week the ILB had an entry on blowing up buildings at the former Marble Hill Nuclear Power Plant site....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 25, 2005

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Environment - Several local stories today

The Richmond Palladium-Item reports that "Sewer bills could more than triple" in West College Corner, Indiana. Some quotes:Residents were stunned...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Environment - New EPA Mercury Rule Omits Conflicting Data

"New EPA Mercury Rule Omits Conflicting Data" is the headline of a story today in the Washington Post. The lead:When...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Environment - More on DNR shakeup

Skip Hess has this today in his Indianapolis Star column, "Outdoor Indiana":Indiana Department of Natural Resources staffers are still buzzing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 20, 2005

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Environment - Several stories today involving neighboring states

"Sewage sludge may be shipped to W. Kentucky" is the headline to a story today in the Louisville Courier Journal....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 19, 2005

Friday, March 18, 2005

Environment - Auburn Foundry facing $22 million in environmental fines

"Auburn Foundry facing $22 million in environmental fines" is the headline of a story this afternoon in the Fort Wayne...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 18, 2005

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Environment - City receives an offer it can refuse

The Terre Haute Tribune Star reports today that:An offer made by the president of Wabash Environmental Technologies to sell the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 17, 2005

Environment - Several stories today, including resignation of a Daniels' appointee

In a surprise move, yesterday was the last day at IDEM for Gov. Daniels' appointee (and Mike Pence' brother) Greg...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 17, 2005

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Environment - A view of IDEM from the Town Council level

A story by Glen Werling yesterday in the Bluffton News Banner was headlined "Ossian Council President Tom Woodward Resigns." Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Environment - Mercury Emissions To Be Traded

"Mercury Emissions To Be Traded: EPA Criticized On Pollution Rule" is the headline to this story today in the Washington...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Environment - Indiana environmental chief concerned about economy

"Environmental chief concerned about economy" was the headline to a story in the Goshen News on Saturday. Unfortunately, the News...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 13, 2005

Friday, March 11, 2005

Enviroment - EPA Enacts Long-Awaited Rule To Improve Air Quality, Health

"EPA Enacts Long-Awaited Rule To Improve Air Quality, Health" is the headline to this story today in the Washington Post....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 11, 2005

Monday, March 07, 2005

Environment - Indiana sues EPA over pollution designations

"State sues EPA over pollution designations: Indiana Attorney General wants 16 counties dropped from list of those violating limits on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 07, 2005

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Environment - Several national stories today

A lengthy front-page story in the NY Times today is headlined "Efforts to Hide Sensitive Data Pit 9/11 Concerns Against...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 05, 2005

Friday, March 04, 2005

Environment - Stories today

The Gary Post-Tribune reports today: "Lowell farm abandons screen waste operation." Some quotes:Nearly two weeks after Nathan Sanko was asked...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 04, 2005

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Environment - IDEM Reorganization

IDEM has a chart on its website, dated 3/1/05, of its reorganization. In addition, I'm told:Matt Klein (Assistant Commissioner for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 03, 2005

Environment - Stories today on farm land and farm air emissions

Farmland Preservation. "Indiana remains slow to protect its farmland: As development swallows up ever more acreage, some critics wonder when...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 03, 2005

Monday, February 28, 2005

Environment - Anti-Sprawl Laws, Property Rights Collide in Oregon

"Anti-Sprawl Laws, Property Rights Collide in Oregon" is the headline to an interesting story today in the Washington Post. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 28, 2005

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Ind. Gov't. - What the Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management Does

According to the Richmond Palladium-Item, "This is the second in a 12-part series looking at how state government affects you."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 27, 2005

Friday, February 25, 2005

Environment - Several water stories today

The Indianapolis Star has an editorial today headed "Give cities flexibility to clean up water," supporting SB 620. It concludes:SB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 25, 2005

Environment - Daniels backs Bush stand on Clear Skies legislation

"Daniels backs Bush stand on Clear Skies legislation" is the headline to this story today by Tammy Webber of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 25, 2005

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Environment - Menards and State of Wisconsin's DNR clash over application for construction in wetlands

There was a brief blurb on this issue on the NPR news broadcast this morning. Here are some quotes from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 24, 2005

Environment - More on "IDEM looks for 70,000 tons of trash"

Yesterday we posted an entry titled "IDEM looks for 70,000 tons of trash" quoting from a story in the Gary...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 24, 2005

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Environment - IDEM looks for 70,000 tons of trash

"IDEM looks for 70,000 tons of trash" is the headline to a story today in the Gary Post Tribune. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Environment - Two interesting Indiana IDEM stories

The Madison Courier has a report that IDEM is offering a free utility rate analysis to at least some local...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Ind. Law - Confined feeding bill could go to study group

The Richmond Palladium-Item is reporting this afternoon that:A bill that would have forced the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Monday, February 21, 2005

Environment - "No more stringent" bill writeup in NWI Times today

"Environmental standards could get muddy" is the headline to a story today by Brendan O'Shaughnessy in the Munster (NW Indiana)...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 21, 2005

Environment - Bill, EPA may help with sewage woes

"Bill, EPA may help with sewage woes: State measure would protect against lawsuits as cities tackle problem; feds' plan deals...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 21, 2005

Friday, February 18, 2005

Ind. Law - Still more on proposed zoning changes in Adams County; More

The ILB has had two earlier entries (1/29/05 and 2/3/05) from The Decatur Daily Democrat, written by J. Swygart on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 18, 2005

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Env't. - More on blue bag waste site in Northwest Indiana

There may be more to learn about the blue bag waste site in Northwest Indiana where waste from Chicago is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 17, 2005

Adm. Law - "Statutes that are not Static - The Case of the APA"

This paper, by Peter L. Strauss, Columbia Law School, forthcoming in the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues, Vol. 14, No....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 17, 2005

Environment - Northwest Indiana redevelopment issues

Two stories today from Munster (NW Indiana) Times show the impact of decisions made in Indianapolis on that area's redevelopment...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 17, 2005

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Env't. - Midwest power plants and factory farms in news

"Illinois, 4 others seek own coal rules: Bush's air plan too slow, they say," is the headline to this story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Monday, February 14, 2005

Env't. - Several recent national stories

The Wall Street Journal today has a front-page article (paid subscription required) with this extensive headline: "Global Warring: In Climate...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 14, 2005

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Env't. - Water suit granted class-action status

"Water suit granted class-action status" is the headline to a brief story today in the Chicago Tribune:DOWNERS GROVE -- A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 12, 2005

Friday, February 11, 2005

Ind. Gov't. - [Updated] More on Daniels cabinet appointments; and more on DNR

The Indianapolis Star has a longer story today on Gov. Daniels' appointment to head the Department of Natural Resources. A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 11, 2005

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Env't. - Agriculture Today interview with new IDEM head

"Easterly making changes at IDEM" is the headline to this story in Argiculture Today:The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Env't. - An almost eight acre, 21 million gallon manure lagoon

In a story by Lindsey Jamison, dateline Randolph County today, NewsLinkIndiana reports:Farmers and neighbors of the new CAFO under construction...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Env't. - Richmond gets IDEM OK to sell former bus manufacturing plant

"Carpenter will hit auction block: City gets OK to sell former bus manufacturing plant" is the headline to this story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Ind. Gov't. - Dept. Natural Resources chief John Goss leaves

Here is an important story I missed - thanks to Marty Lucas' fine NE Indiana blog, BigEastern, for the pointer....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Env't. - State senator ends attempt to change waste-district law

On Jan. 18 the ILB posted an entry quoting from a Munster (NW Indiana) Times editorial about two bills Senator...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Monday, February 07, 2005

Env't. - Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District steps up erosion enforcement

"MSD pursues erosion violators: Fines in last half of '04 close to figure in previous 3½ year" is the headline...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 07, 2005

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Env't - The Greening of Evangelicals, and Mainstream Churches and Synagogues

"The Greening of Evangelicals: Christian Right Turns, Sometimes Warily, to Environmentalism," is the headline to this story today on the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 06, 2005

Env't. - More Indiana environment stories this weekend

As a result of the recent "blue bag" trash stories in the Chicago Tribune (see this 1/13/05 ILB entry) ,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 06, 2005

Env't. - A slew of Indiana enviroment stories this weekend

The unattributed AP story I posted yesterday from the Wabash Plain Dealer ("State's new environmental chief foresees big changes"- scroll...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 06, 2005

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Ind. Gov't. - Details emerging on Indiana Department of Agriculture

A brief report on the site Brownfield - Jefferson City,MO,USA (America's Ag New Source), dated 2/4/05, reports:Details on the new...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 05, 2005

Env't. - State's new environmental chief foresees big changes

"State's new environmental chief foresees big changes" is the headline to an AP story published Friday in the Wabash Plain...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 05, 2005

Env't. - Depleted uranium no longer a topic for JPG board

The Madison Courier reported yesterday that:Radioactive depleted uranium that the Army left behind at Jefferson Proving Ground won't be discussed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 05, 2005

Env't. - Proposed legislation would steal dedicated funds from state trust

"Proposed legislation would steal dedicated funds from state trust" is the title to a 2/4/05 column by Don Mulligan, who...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 05, 2005

Law - Farmers vs. trespassing "city folk"

The Washington Post has an article today titled "Not Forgiving the Trespassers: Calvert [County, MD] Farmers Put Intruding Newcomers on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 05, 2005

Friday, February 04, 2005

Environment - EPA Inspector Finds Mercury Proposal Tainted

The Washington Post reports today that:The Environmental Protection Agency ignored scientific evidence and agency protocols in order to set limits...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 04, 2005

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Ind. Law - More on proposed land use changes in Adams County

Last Saturday the ILB published part of a long story from The Decatur Daily Democrat on proposed changes to the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 03, 2005

Env't. - Still more on Gov. Blagojevich's landfill closings

"Landfill may face contempt charge: State hits dump tied to Mell in-law" is the headline to this story today in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 03, 2005

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Environment - Several recent stories

The LaPorte Herald Argus reports:LAPORTE — The state of Indiana has stepped up pressure on Srilata Verma, owner of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Env't. - Same sewer woes in Michigan

"Cleaner river may cost Niles heavy price" is the headline to this story today in the South Bend Tribune. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Environment - More on local communities' sewer problems

Following up from the previous entry, this story yesterday from the Columbus Republic reported:HAYDEN — The community of Hayden faces...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Environment - Bill offers shield from sewer penalties

"Bill offers shield from sewer penalties" is the headline to an AP story today by Rick Callahan. Some quotes:INDIANAPOLIS --...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Env't. - More on the Tyson chicken settlement; EPA emissions agreements

The Evansville Courier& Press today has an editorial on the Tyson chicken settlement. Access it here. It begins:After years of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 30, 2005

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Env't. - More on Gov. Blagojevich's landfill closings

Those of you who read the earlier stories from the Chicago Tribune on Illinois Gov. Blagojevich's ordering the closure of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 29, 2005

Ind. Law - Proposed land use changes in Adams County

The Decatur Daily Democrat had a long story yesterday by J. Swygart on proposed changes to land use regulations, including...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 29, 2005

Friday, January 28, 2005

Env't. - Stories today from Kentucky on Tyson Chicken and on mountaintop-mining

Another story on the Tyson chicken settlement, this one by John Lucas in the Evansville Courier& Press. A quote:Aloma Dew,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 28, 2005

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Env't. - Several stories today

"Tyson agrees to monitor air for ammonia at chicken farms" is the headline to this story today in the Louisville...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 27, 2005

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Env't. - Factory farms the feature of NPR stories today

NPR had two stories today on the topic of "factory farms". EPA Plan Exempts Factory Farms from Pollution Regulations (4:11)...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Env't. - Several landfill-related stories today

Landfill news in several Indiana papers today. "Landfill bill infuriates citizens" is the headline to a story today by Seth...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Environment - Recent stories about the Great Lakes

"Invasive species rules to be revised" is the headline to this story published last weekend in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Ind. Decisions - More on IKEC v. IDEM

Below is a summary of Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corporation v. Commissioner, Indiana Department of Environmental Management (1/19/05 IndCtApp) prepared by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Env't. - Former poultry farm to be industrial park

Here is an interesting story from Kentucky, particularly in light of yesterday's entry headed "Owen Co. farm odor rankles neighbors"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 23, 2005

Env't. - Owen Co. farm odor rankles neighbors

"Owen Co. farm odor rankles neighbors" is the headline to an AP story today in the Indianapolis Star website. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 23, 2005

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Adm. Law - Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe

Other X-TREME policy wonks will be, I'm sure, as excited as I was to learn about this. A 53-page paper...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 22, 2005

Env't - Some recent stories

Brownfields. The Louisville Courier Journal reported today on a decade-long effort in Harrison County to finance and clean up the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 22, 2005

Env't - EPA plan offers farms immunity from air pollution violations

"EPA plan offers farms immunity: Critics say program would aid polluters" is the headline to this story by James Bruggers...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 22, 2005

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Env't - Controversial landfill bill(s) to be heard in Senate committee

The Munster Times has an editorial today opposing two bills introduced by Senator Beverly Gard, reportedly scheduled to be...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Monday, January 17, 2005

Env't - More on Bill and Jill Ruckelshaus C-SPAN Q&A interview

As I noted Saturday, last evening Brian Lamb of C-SPAN interviewed Bill and Jill Ruckelshaus on the new C-SPAN...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 17, 2005

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Env't - More on Illinois Gov.'s landfill closings

Last Tuesday we had an entry about how Gov. Rod Blagojevich had ordered two landfills closed in Illinois. But...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 16, 2005

Env't - Concern over Daniels' IDEM direction

"Concern over Daniels' IDEM direction" is the headline to this story today in the South Bend Tribune. Some quotes:A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 16, 2005

Friday, January 14, 2005

Env't - More on blue bag dump site, and other stories

The Chicago Tribune has a follow-up story today to its story yesterday (scroll down) on the disposal of Chicago...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 14, 2005

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Env't - Indiana closes blue bag dump site

"Indiana closes blue bag dump site: Firm lacks zoning approval for waste" is the headline to this story today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 13, 2005

Ind. Decisions - More on Save the Valley Ruling

More on the Save the Valley ruling today. "Court allows green groups to join suits: Madison case said to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 13, 2005

Ind. Decisions - Save the Valley wins right to represent members

"Save the Valley wins right to represent members " is the headline to this story today in the Madison Courier....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 13, 2005

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Ind. Gov't. - New Governor Shakes Up IDEM

A story today in the Evansville Courier&Press, headlined "Environmental administrator fired, six quit," reports:INDIANAPOLIS - One Indiana Department of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Environment - Recent stories

The Chicago Tribune has a story last Friday that began:Gov. Rod Blagojevich ordered a Joliet landfill closed Thursday, two weeks...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Environment - Story features U.S. EPA Inspector General

"Looking Beyond Enforcement at the EPA: An Independent and a Career Auditor, Inspector General Breaks the Mold -- and, She...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Environment - Recent stories

"Daniels' environmental selection draws praise" is the headline to a story today in the South Bend Tribune. A quote:Recent agency...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Monday, December 27, 2004

Environment - Recent stories

An AP story today reports "Dozens of Indiana bird species diminishing." Some quotes:More than two dozen bird species are listed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 27, 2004

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Environment - South Bend Airport lacks stormwater permit

"Airport lacks stormwater permit" was the headline to this interesting story yesterday in the South Bend Tribune. Some quotes:SOUTH BEND...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 25, 2004

Environment - Dairy farms (and CAFOs) in the midwest

AGRICULTURE IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Wisconsin dairy feels squeeze - 'Cheeseheads' find it hard to compete with big factory farm...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 25, 2004

Friday, December 24, 2004

Environment - Recent Stories

"MSD praised on erosion control: Audit says agency still must do more" is the headline of a recent story in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 24, 2004

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Environment - Two articles about land trusts today

"Land trust surpasses 1,000-acre mark" is the headline to this story today in the Muncie Star-Press. Some quotes:MUNCIE - The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 23, 2004

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Environment - Stories today, so far

"Floyd wants state to address runoff" is the headline of this story published yesterday in the Louisville Courier Journal. A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Environment - Stories today

"Harrison farmland task force urges steps: Officials delay vote after getting report" is the headline to this story today in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Environment - Five years after kill, White River still recovering

This AP story, by Rick Callahan, has appeared in several state papers this weekend, in varying lengths. The Louisville Courier...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 19, 2004

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Environment - Many Counties Failing Fine-Particle Air Rules

"Many Counties Failing Fine-Particle Air Rules" is the headline to this story today in the NY Times. Some quotes:About a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 18, 2004

Friday, December 17, 2004

Environmental - Federal agents search Terre Haute business

The Terre Haute Tribune Star is reporting:Agents of the FBI and Environmental Protection Agency, assisted by state and local officials,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 17, 2004

Enviroment - Pentagon Proposes Loosening Its Environmental Policy

"Pentagon Proposes Loosening Its Environmental Policy" is the headline to a story today in the Los Angeles Times. Some quotes:WASHINGTON...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 17, 2004

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Environmental Issues - Property rights versus farmland protection at issue in Porter County rezoning

"Property rights versus farmland protection at issue in rezoning" was the headline to a very good report this week in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 16, 2004

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Environment - Recent Indiana stories

"Poor records hindered Berne with IDEM" is the headline to this really interesting story from the Decatur Daily Democrat, that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Environment - Stories today

"Proposed changes to Clark zoning codes now in limbo: They won't be passed this year, if ever," is the headline...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Monday, December 13, 2004

Environment - Supreme Court Limits Pollution Cleanup Lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in the case of Cooper Industries, Inc. v. Aviall Services, Inc. As reported by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 13, 2004

Environment - More on Great Lakes issues

The Munster Times has a second major story today on the Great Lakes. Yesterday's story, headlined "The Great Divide: Battle...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 13, 2004

Environment - Bush taps EPA chief as health secretary

The AP is reporting:President Bush chose Environmental Protection Agency chief Michael Leavitt on Monday to be secretary of the Department...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 13, 2004

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Environment - Two important stories today

Great Lakes. "The Great Divide: Battle line drawn in water wars - Region growth crossing into areas where Lake Michigan...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 12, 2004

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Environment - Recent stories

"Lakes up costs for new water treatment plant: Current facility likely to be fined before money is available," is the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 11, 2004

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Environment - More stories today

"Lawrenceburg sues gas company over polluted water" is the headline to this story today in the Aurora Journal-Press. Some quotes:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 09, 2004

Environment - Stories today

"Martinsville files lawsuit over water cleanup costs" is the headline to this story today in the Indianapolis Star. A quote:MARTINSVILLE,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 09, 2004

Environment - EPA May Allow the Discharge Of Partially Treated Sewage

"EPA May Allow the Discharge Of Partially Treated Sewage: Guidelines That Are Near Release Would Permit Blended Waste" is the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 09, 2004

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Environment - Sellersburg saves millions on sewer system

"Sellersburg saves millions on sewer system" is the headline to an interesting story yesterday in the Louisville Courier Journal. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 05, 2004

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Environment/Economic Development - Gary-NIPSCO lakefront deal moves forward

The Gary Post-Tribune reports today: Gary Mayor Scott Kings plans for an open lakefront and expanded airport are closer to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Monday, November 29, 2004

Environment - Cinergy and sustainability

There is an interesting article today on Cinergy and its CEO, Jim Rogers, in GreenBiz.com. Here is a quote from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 29, 2004

Environment - Location of odorization station at issue

The Gary Post Tribune is reporting today that Jackson Township (Porter County) "Neighbors battle NIPSCO over location of odorization station."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 29, 2004

Friday, November 26, 2004

Environment - Stories today

"Waste plant's closure raises cleanup issues: State, company estimates vary widely," is the headline to this story today in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 26, 2004

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Environment - Stories today

Superfund. The Washington Post has a story today titled "Lack of Money Slows Cleanup Of Hundreds of Superfund Sites: Federal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 25, 2004

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Environment - Update to "Adviser seeks changes in sewage plant rules"

This entry from Sunday talked about the upcoming Indiana Water Pollution Control Board (WPCB) meeting, and the report to be...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Environment - Adams Center Landfill back in the news

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an editorial today titled "A landfill legacy." It is accompanied by a photo, with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Environment - Stories yesterday

Several stories yesterday: Septics. "Septic problems percolate in Granger: County officials aim to update ordinance," reads the headline to this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Environment - U.S. states and Canadian provinces are developing rules for how and when the inland seas can be tapped for fresh water

A long AP story in the LA Times today reports that "U.S. states and Canadian provinces are developing rules for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 21, 2004

Environment - Adviser seeks changes in sewage plant rules

"Adviser seeks changes in sewage plant rules" is the headline to this story today in the Louisville Courier-Journal. Some quotes:A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 21, 2004

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Environment/Land use - Stories today

The Decatur Daily Democrat has an interesting opinion piece today by editor J. Swygart. First, he has something to say...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 18, 2004

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Environment - Rose Acre Farms gets first nod

This story is not about Indiana. It is a report from a North Carolina paper, the Washington Daily News ("The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Environment - Stories today

"Residents see more soot from steel mill" is the headline to this story today in the Gary Post-Tribune. Some quotes:OGDEN...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Monday, November 15, 2004

Environment - Recent stories

Lead grants. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an editorial today on an investigation into Indiana's failure to receive any...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 15, 2004

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Environment - Huntington dairy paying $45,000 in suit settlement

"Huntington dairy paying $45,000 in suit settlement" is the headline to a story today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 13, 2004

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Environment - Lead in the news

As readers may recall, the 45 blocks Jacobsville neighborhood in Evansville was listed b EPA as a proposed Superfund site...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 11, 2004

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Environment - Stories today

Updating its earlier story (see this 10/30/04 ILB entry), the Washington Post reports today, in a story headlined "EPA Suspends...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Monday, November 08, 2004

Environment - The NY Times on Bush administration environmental policy in years 5-8

The NY Times today has an interesting story on the Bush administration's second term as it relates to the environment,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 08, 2004

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Environment - Recent stories

A number of Indiana papers this weekend have run this AP story headlined "State in running for coal plants." Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 07, 2004

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Environment - Well-known environmentalist to retire

"Dedicated Dunes activist retiring from lifelong effort" was the title to this story [no longer available online] published Monday, Nov....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 04, 2004

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Environment - EPA cites six Louisville-area facilities for recordkeeping violations

"Industrial facilities fined by EPA: Rubbertown plants cited for deficient records" is the headline to this story today in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 31, 2004

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Environment - Stories today

Pesticides. "Study of Pesticides and Children Stirs Protests: Staffers Fear EPA Project Endangers Participants" is the headline of this Washington...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 30, 2004

Friday, October 29, 2004

Environment - Update to "Two medical waste sites get an OK"

Earlier today I posted an entry labeled "Environment - Two medical waste sites get an OK.' Scroll down six entries...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 29, 2004

Environment - Two medical waste sites get an OK

"Two medical waste sites get an OK" is the headline to this story today in the Gary Post-Tribune. Some quotes:GARY...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 29, 2004

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Environment - Mayor Daley named a top environmentalist

Earlier this month, Chicago's Mayor Daley was cited for openness in government -- this entry quotes the Chicago Tribune as...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 28, 2004