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PNS Daily Newscast - January 16, 2018  


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Public News Service - IN: Water

Plastic waste is broken down by currents and sunlight and is often ingested by wildlife. (usgs.gov)

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. -- Advocates say they’re are hoping 2018 will be a year of better water quality in the Great Lakes and oceans. Carolyn Box, science program director at 5 Gyres, said by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the water than fish, with 95 percent of it coming from lan

Volunteers tag Monarchs though programs sponsored by the Indiana Wildlife Federation. (indianawildlife.org)

INDIANAPOLIS -- An effort to save Indiana's waterways is under way. It's part of a push by the National Wildlife Federation to combat negative impacts under budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration. The agency is conducting a campaign to educate people about what decreases in funding for h

A panel is taking public testimony to determine if legislation is needed to regulate factory farms. (usda.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS — The question of what to do about runoff from concentrated animal-feeding operations, known as CAFOs, continues to be a topic of debate in Indiana. Environmental groups and farming activists have clashed over how much regulation the industry needs, and a public hearing on the top

Coal ash from the bottom of the Dan River near the site of Duke Energy's spill. (Sierra Club)

INDIANAPOLIS — Duke Energy has a plan to dispose of millions of gallons of coal ash waste, but environmental groups are asking policy makers to reject it, saying it poses a health hazard. Indiana is requiring Duke to prepare closure plans for 20 coal ash lagoons, many of which are leaking an

Water quality testing for the more than 4,000 public water systems in Indiana has dropped with years of budget cuts. (cityoffortwayne.org)

INDIANAPOLIS – A spill at a U.S. Steel plant last week that sent wastewater containing potentially toxic chemicals into a tributary of Lake Michigan in Northern Indiana is the latest example of why constant water quality testing is important, according to Tim Maloney, senior policy director fo

Hoosiers are speaking up about confined feeding operation rules. (hecweb.org)

INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that environmentalists say would weaken Indiana's laws regulating Confined Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, is being discussed in committee again this week. The House Environmental Affairs Committee has taken testimony on HB 1494 by Rep. David Wolkins (R-Winona Lake

Agricultural runoff flows into the lakes and rivers from which hundreds of towns draw their water. (usgs.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana has a new governor, and environmental groups say they've let him know what they'd like to see happen this year. Eric Holcomb took over the governor's office from Vice President-elect Mike Pence this month. Hoosier Environmental Council executive director Jesse Kharband

An Indianapolis coal plant in operation for nearly a century has converted to natural gas, but local residents want assurances that the coal-waste cleanup will be thorough. (Sierra Club)

INDIANAPOLIS – After decades of burning coal, the Harding Street Station in Indianapolis was converted to natural gas in February, but coal ash and other waste remain. Under federal rules, Indianapolis Power and Light is required to develop a plan to close the ash ponds and protect public heal

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