air quality

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said long-term exposure to ethylene oxide increases your risk for cancers of the white blood cells like non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, and lymphocytic leukemia (chronic or acute). It can also increase the risk for breast cancer in women.

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The Cook Group Inc. plant in Ellettsville is putting a chemical into the air that the Environmental Protection Agency now knows can increase your risk for cancer long-term.

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The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has issued an Air Quality Action Day alert for July 23 and 24 covering St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaPorte, Lake and Porter counties. The agency is forecasting high levels of fine particle pollution, or PM 2.5, in the air due to smoke from wildfires in the western United States and southern Canada.

The massive fires this year have been made worse due to extreme heat and drought conditions exacerbated by climate change.

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Smoke from wildfires out west and in Canada has triggered a statewide air quality action day for Wednesday and Thursday. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management expects high levels of particle pollution in all regions of Indiana.


The Sierra Club has won a lawsuit against BP for pollution violations at its Whiting refinery in northwest Indiana. The plant exceeded its limits for particle pollution from 2015 to 2018 and also failed to do required follow-up tests.

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As of 2018, Indiana led the nation in steel production — a process that puts out a lot of greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution. In order to meet climate goals, steel companies in Indiana will have to reduce those emissions significantly.

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Though carbon emissions went down during Stay-At-Home orders last year, the pandemic may not have had as much of an effect on air quality in 2020 as we once thought. A professor at IUPUI says as restrictions lifted, carbon emissions went right back up.

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A proposed plant that would turn coal into diesel fuel in southwest Indiana has overcome a legal challenge to its air permit.

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The Cass County Council voted to approve bonds for a controversial zinc oxide manufacturing plant last week. Waelz Sustainable Products wants to locate the plant in the county after the project was rejected in Muncie.

EPA Doesn't Plan To Tighten Standards For Smog

Jul 14, 2020
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The Environmental Protection Agency plans to pass on another opportunity to tighten air pollution standards. In April, the agency proposed not changing the standards for particle pollution. It announced on Monday it also doesn’t plan to tighten the standards for ozone — commonly known as smog.

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Some parts of Indiana that have struggled with pollution are now meeting federal air quality standards. That’s according to three years of data from state and federal environmental agencies. Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency say that’s good news for people with asthma and other lung conditions.