Science & Enviroment

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson will sit down with state lawmakers at East Chicago’s lead-contaminated public housing complex Monday.

The visit comes five months after three Indiana congressmen invited Carson to the USS Lead Superfund site, which is contaminated with high levels of lead and arsenic from old factories.

Indiana stands to lose out if Congress approves proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, says environmentalists, scientists, EPA staffers, and Indiana residents.

The cuts could affect drinking water infrastructure, burden the state’s environmental regulatory agency, and hinder efforts to clean up industrial toxic waste sites.

Eclipse watchers urged to prepare

Aug 3, 2017
nasa.gov

With less than three weeks to go before the big event, Kentucky officials are scrambling to complete preparations for the impact of the total solar eclipse on August 21.   

Kentucky officials are getting ready for up to half a million visitors to the areas that will have the best views of the eclipse. Hopkinsville is ground zero. A release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says visitors from 16 countries and 34 states are already on the guest list.

The Indiana Recycling Coalition received a $50,000 grant that will go towards its Commercial Food Composting Program to help reduce food waste.

The U.S. spends more than $200 billion a year to make food that is never eaten. One in 7 Americans are food insecure, despite the 52 million tons of food sent to a landfill each year, according to the group ReFED.

Carey Hamilton, executive director of the Indiana Recycling Coalition, says when food waste can’t be reduced where it’s produced, composting can have many benefits, including “creating a rich soil product.”

Just because water is legal, doesn’t mean it’s safe. That’s the conclusion from a new report by the Environmental Working Group, a national environmental advocacy organization.

Governments set limits on how much pollution can be in drinking water. But Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst with EWG who worked on the report, says those limits are determined by what’s feasible and affordable for drinking water utilities.

“And there’s a huge gap between what’s legal in drinking water and what might be safe,” Lunder says.

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