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Rutter: Not much reason for Hoosiers to celebrate Earth Day

April 25, 2016 – by Dave Rutter in the Chicago Tribune We’ve celebrated Earth Day for 46 years to inspire ourselves, challenge old ideas and motivate people to take care of their planet. Sometimes it works. Sometimes no one really … Continue reading






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IDEM Commissioner, Tom Easterly, the ultimate friend of polluters announces his retirement

July 17, 2015 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor Good Riddance, Tom Easterly Indiana Department of Environmental Management Commissioner Tom Easterly announced his retirement on July 16. He will leave the office August 28.  Easterly became known as a central global warming … Continue reading






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Are Agriculture Exports Killing Us?

January 22, 2014-by Tom Phillpot in Mother Jones Magazine. Editor’s note: Valley Watch has challenged the issued Title V permit given to Ohio Valley Resources, a huge producer of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, proposed for Rockport. Our main motivation for doing so … Continue reading






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Valley Watch joins Sierra Club in challenge of Indiana Gasification permit extension

January 14, 2014- by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor Valley Watch has joined with the Sierra Club in filing a challenge of the recently extended permit for the proposed Indiana Gasification facility in Rockport.  Valley Watch feels strongly that IDEM did not … Continue reading






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Kentucky Denies Permit for Coal Ash Landfill At Trimble County Power Plant

March 21, 2013-by Erica Petersen, WFPL News 89.3 FM The Kentucky Division of Waste Management has denied a pending permit for a coal ash landfill in Trimble County. The proposed landfill would have been 218 acres, near Louisville Gas and Electric’s Trimble … Continue reading






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The Price of Carbon

March 20, 2013-via Climate Reality and Reggie Watts Carbon pollution is not only disrupting our lives, it’s hitting our wallets. Comedian and musician Reggie Watts shows how, laying out the billion-dollar connection between fossil-fuel energy and dirty weather events like … Continue reading






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Rice University analysis links ozone levels, cardiac arrest

February 17, 2013- by Mike Williams, News Release from Rice University  Rice University analysis links ozone levels, cardiac arrest. Studies show particulate matter also has direct impact on heart attacks in Houston.  Researchers at Rice University in Houston have found a … Continue reading






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Indiana Representatives, Carson and Visclosky score “A” while the rest of indiana Congressional delegation scores “F” on clean water protections on 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

October 18, 2012-Sierra Club press release Today the Sierra Club marked the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act by releasing a Clean Water Voting Record for the U.S. House of Representatives.  The online report card features an interactive map and issues letter … Continue reading






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If the Tri-State were a State, we would be 3rd in the release of toxic chemicals to the air, nationwide.

August 14, 2012 – Press Release of  Valley Watch, Inc. Last week, headlines in this region showed that Kentucky placed first and Indiana fourth in the release of toxic chemicals to our air from coal plants, according to a study … Continue reading






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Deal between environmentalists, state’s pollution regulators, steel mill raises questions

July 26, 2012-by Ryan Sabalow in the Indianapolis Star White-capped waves splashed along Lake Michigan’s sandy shoreline, where dozens of families played one recent afternoon in the summer sun. But just to the west, behind the bikinis, board shorts and … Continue reading






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Community Groups File Lawsuit for Federal Coal Ash Protections

April 5, 2012-by Jared Saylor, Earthjustice Environmental and public health groups will file a lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete its rulemaking process and finalize public health safeguards against … Continue reading






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LG&E to convert Cane Run power plant to burn cleaner natural gas

September 15, 2011-by James Bruggers in the Louisville Courier Journal Louisville Gas & Electric Co. intends to replace its 57-year-old coal-fired Cane Run Station in Louisville with a new plant next door powered with cleaner-burning natural gas by 2016. The 640-megawatt natural gas … Continue reading






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Report Projects Health Impacts and Costs from Worsening Ozone. Ozone Pollution Could Cost Americans More Than $5 Billion in 2020

July 7. 2011-by the Union of Concerned Scientists Unchecked global warming could threaten public health and increase health costs by exacerbating ground-level ozone, according to a peer-reviewed report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The report, “Climate … Continue reading






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John Blair testifies at USEPA’s Air Toxics hearing in Chicago regarding toxic pollution in the tri-state

May 24, 2011-by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor. Twenty-one years after the US Congress ordered EPA to develop rules to control the release of toxic chemicals from coal and oil fired power plants, EPA proposed a rule to do so in … Continue reading






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SW Indiana has two of nation’s to ten Carbon Dioxide emitting plants- Gibson #5, Rockport #10

February 20, 2011-By John Blair, valleywatch.net editor. A new report, released late last week shows that US power plants increased  their emissions of climate change causing, carbon dioxide by 5.56 percent in 2010 over that released in 2009. The Environmental … Continue reading






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