Science & Environment

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 researchers recently received nearly $2 million to work on development of the first treatment for hydrocephalus, a neurological condition known as “water on the brain.”

It was at work with rodents in her lab where Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis physiologist Bonnie Blazer-Yost made an unexpected discovery.

“What we found is the drug we were targeting for their kidney disease actually worked better for the brain,” says Blazer-Yost.

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.

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