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EPA Eyes Cleanup Of Coal Ash Threatening Indiana Dunes

Jul 25, 2020
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(FILE PHOTO: Tyler Lake/WTIU)

The northern Indiana utility NIPSCO will postpone removing toxic coal ash from ponds near its Michigan City coal plant until next spring. Environmental activists agree with the delay, saying due to the pandemic, it’s not the right time to remove the waste. 

Courtesy of NIPSCO

A northwest Indiana utility plans to remove toxic coal ash from five of its ponds at its Michigan City coal plant. NIPSCO plans to excavate the waste and put it in a lined landfill at its other coal plant, R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield. 

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a memo this week saying contamination in groundwater that feeds into rivers, streams, and lakes doesn’t need to be regulated under the Clean Water Act. It goes against two federal court decisions that argued the opposite.