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PNS Daily Newscast - June 20, 2019 


The Trump administration finalizes a coal-friendly emissions rule for power plants. Also on today's rundown: A new development in the debate over the 2020 Census citizenship question; and why "Juneteenth" is an encore celebration in Florida and other states.

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Public News Service - IN: Energy Policy

The coal industry's challenge to the Clean Power Plan will be heard in federal court in Washington on June 2. (morguefile.com)

INDIANAPOLIS – A few weeks from now, environmental groups will be going up against the coal industry in the U.S. District Court in Washington over President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, which placed the first ever limits on heat trapping carbon dioxide pollution from power plants. The U.

The drinking water for 900,000 Indiana residents is threatened by contamination from coal-ash lagoons, according to the Hoosier Environmental Council. (Nick Katula)

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana has the highest number of coal-ash lagoons in the country, and a series of films documenting the threat they pose if a toxic spill occurs is being shown in various locations around the state this month. The movies paint a grim picture of what life looks like in communities th

Indianapolis came in 13th out of 25 major cities in a study of how ready they are to accommodate a surge in numbers of electric vehicles on the road. (Veronica Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Gas prices are pretty low right now, so there hasn't been a big uptick in interest in electric vehicles, but economists think that will change once prices start to climb again. Indiana University has studied whether the nation's largest cities are ready for an increase in ele

Environmental advocates say Indiana's governor and Department of Natural Resources need to make sure Peabody Energy has set money aside for mine cleanup in the state. (Environmental Law and Policy Center)

INDIANAPOLIS - Peabody Energy is the world's largest private-sector coal company, with customers in 25 countries on six continents. But it's now in financial trouble and has said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it's likely to file soon for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Pe

There are 38 nuclear reactors on the Great Lakes, and a watchdog group says more people need to get involved in the effort to protect our water. (Nuclear Energy Information Service)

INDIANAPOLIS – Between Canada and the United States there are 38 nuclear reactors on the Great Lakes, and a watchdog group says if something isn't done, the world's largest body of surface water will become a nuclear garbage dump. Dave Kraft, director of the Nuclear Energy Information Servic

IPL and NIPSCO ratepayers could see a big jump in their bills. Credit: David Wilkenson/morguefile

INDIANAPOLIS – Consumer groups are sounding the alarm about attempts by electric utilities in Indiana to increase their fixed monthly charge. It's the base rate customers pay even before using any electricity. NIPSCO's request to regulators would increase the base rate from $11 to $20 a mo

The Outdoor Wood Boiler Replacement Program could help to clear the air in Indiana. Credit: Michael Hoy/Flickr

INDIANAPOLIS – A new grant opportunity is expected to clean up some of Indiana's smoky communities. A $500,000 dollar grant from the Outdoor Wood Boiler Replacement Program will fund the replacement of outdoor wood boilers, or OWBs, with solar, geothermal or combination systems. There are

PHOTO: New solar projects are popping up around Indiana, thanks to the Solar Uniting Neighbors Grant Program. The goal is to help communities understand how to use and deploy solar technology to save energy and money. Photo credit: Ruairi/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – Grant money is helping to spark new solar projects around Indiana. The Solar Uniting Neighbors grant program is awarding more than $300,000 to a diverse group of businesses and organizations. At the Youth Opportunity Center in Muncie, a solar array will be installed to off s

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