In his 2015 State of the State address, Governor Mike Pence said, “Indiana is a pro-coal state and we must continue to oppose to overreaching schemes of the EPA and bring this war on coal to an end.” But Pence and the Indiana legislature are declaring war on our children’s right to breathe clean air.
In response, here’s what we’re working on in Indiana:
Mercury: We are supporting strong limits on harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Climate Change: We are fighting global warming by supporting policies that will reduce carbon emissions, and decrease dangerous co-pollutants, such as mercury. In a state dominated by coal with the poor air quality to match, State Senator Scott Schneider has introduced a bill that states Indiana’s refusal to comply with the EPA Clean Power Plan, which set a modest CO2-reduction goal for Indiana of 20 percent by 2030. We’re fighting against the so-called “Reliable, Affordable and Safe Power Act” (SB 569), which isn’t safe for our children’s health or their futures. Take action here.
Clean Energy: We are ensuring that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health. According to the Solar Foundation’s 2014 Job Report, Indiana had a surge in solar installation in 2014 and will install more solar capacity this year than in all previous years combined. At a time of unprecedented growth in this industry, State Rep. Eric Koch is sponsoring a bill (HB 1320) to end net metering and effectively kill rooftop solar in Indiana. We’re fighting back against this regressive bill which only serves utilities – not consumers, and certainly not our kids.
Energy Efficiency: In 2014, the legislature abolished Energizing Indiana, a statewide energy efficiency program. This year, Governor Mike Pence and bill sponsor State Senator James Merritt have proposed SB 412, which abdicates governmental responsibility for enforcing efficiency and allows utilities to set their own electricity-savings goals – with no oversight. The bill eliminates any incentive to save energy and burn less coal. It’s unacceptable, and we’re fighting it.
Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to keep toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day, through the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition.
Natural Gas Pollution: We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.
Indiana’s electricity generation by source, 2014*:
Natural Gas (8.9%)
Other Renewables (4.3%)
*Source: US Energy Information Administration
Indiana has 85 power plant facilities on EPA’s High Priority Violator (HPV) list--which means they may be in violation of the Clean Air Act
2 of the top 25 polluting coal-fired power plants in the nation are located in Indiana
Indiana’s coal-fired power plants are some of the dirtiest in the nation. The state consistently ranks at the bottom of national lists of healthy states to live in, in part because of its poor air quality.
Indiana is in the top five states for toxic emissions from power plants, according to the Environmental Integrity Project, along with Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Twenty-five Indiana counties would fail to meet the EPA’s proposed new ozone standard, based on current pollution measurements.
The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2014 report revealed that Indianapolis’ year-round particle pollution (soot) levels actually worsened that year. Our capital ranked the 20th-most polluted city in the nation for year-round particle pollution, a worse ranking than 2013.
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