EPA issues first 2017 Ozone Alert

May 15, 2017

The Evansville EPA has issued its first Ozone Alert of 2017.

Local EPA Director Jacob Keating told WNIN News that the area is facing sunny, dry conditions that can elevate ozone levels.


Keating said ozone may reach unhealthy levels for “sensitive groups,” including children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory or heart conditions.

He said the best time for outdoor activities during alerts is early morning and after sunset.

Keating said if you must stay outside during the heat of the day, take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.


A lead-contaminated public housing complex in East Chicago, Indiana could soon become a lead-contaminated vacant lot – and if local and federal officials can’t resolve a key dispute, it might stay that way for a long time.

That’s because the city and Environmental Protection Agency are at odds over redevelopment plans for the neighborhood.

City, EPA reach deal on sewer upgrades

Feb 25, 2016

The Evansville Water and Sewer Utility has reached an agreement with the EPA on upgrading the city’s sewer system. 

The deal calls for the city to spend $729 million over 24-and-a-half years to reduce combined sewer overflows to no more than four in a typical year.

Much of the city’s sewer system combines storm water and sewage, sending wastewater into the Ohio River, Pigeon Creek, and Bee Slough when it rains.

Pence: IN will not comply with EPA

Jun 24, 2015

Governor Mike Pence says the state of Indiana will NOT comply with an EPA plan that he calls a “federal overreach.”

The “Clean Power Plan” would require Indiana to reduce carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants 20 percent by 2030.

Pence says the plan will increase electricity costs for Hoosiers and hurt economic growth. 

He also says the state is improving its air and water quality. Pence signed an energy efficiency plan this year that would allow major utility companies to develop their own efficiency programs and charge customers to implement them.

EPA, IDEM Reject Evv Sewer Plan

Jun 23, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management have “disapproved” of Evansville's plan to stop sewer overflows.

The city and the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility submitted the 28-year, $540 million Renew Evansville plan last May.

In response to the EPA and IDEM rejection, the City of Evansville has issued a Notice of Dispute. A team representing the city and the water and sewer utility will meet with the environmental agencies next month to learn why they disapproved the plan. The disapproval says the city should pay more.