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The Indiana General Assembly will explore a tweak to a controversial energy bill passed last session that, in part, reduces incentives for smaller solar projects. The fix would help more schools finance solar projects. More schools are installing solar systems to reduce their electric bill and put money back in the classroom.

Indiana lawmakers expect the General Assembly will continue to take incremental steps toward addressing the state’s water issues in 2018. The state needs billions in urgent water and wastewater infrastructure repairs.

Some Hoosiers want to see the legislature pass a large water infrastructure funding package, similar to one for roads approved during the 2017 session.

Money plays a big role in the development of renewable energy projects. Right now, solar energy faces two big challenges in Indiana that could make solar more expensive for some Hoosiers.

The first thing that worries solar advocates is the possibility of a tariff: that’s like a tax we pay on things imported from overseas, in this case, solar panels.

The cleanup for part of an East Chicago, Indiana toxic waste site will cost nearly four times more than originally expected. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees the site’s cleanup, will open an opportunity for public comments Monday, Dec. 18.

The EPA initially estimated cleanup for the residential area of the USS Lead Superfund site would cost $23 million. But, a new agency report says the estimate should be closer to $85 million.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will accelerate cleanup of 21 toxic waste sites across the country, including a lead- and arsenic-contaminated site in East Chicago, Indiana.

The EPA wants to expedite soil cleanup and finalize a plan for what to do with a now-abandoned public housing complex after it’s demolished at the USS Lead site in the northwest Indiana city.

Attorney David Chizewer says it’s not immediately clear if that’s helpful.

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