State of the Air: INDIANA

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Here’s what we’re working on in Indiana:

Indiana borders the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes on earth, the Great Lakes. Source of drinking water to more than 40 million people, the Great Lakes are threatened by pollution and declining water levels, which is already resulting in increased algal bloom production. Scientists predict that climate change will cause water levels in the Great Lakes to drop significantly in coming decades, threatening this source of not only vital drinking water, but also transportation, tourism, commercial fishing operations, manufacturing operations, and sportsmen industries. This is another way that Hoosiers understand the personal, immediate impacts of climate change on our homes and communities.

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, namely America’s Clean Power Plan, that will reduce carbon emissions and decrease dangerous co-pollutants. 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 supporting reform of the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act. Moms Clean Air Force applauds the unprecedented bipartisan effort to better protect us from dangerous chemicals through the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act and we are committed to making this bill as strong as possible.

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*:

  • Coal (83.6%)

  • Natural Gas (8.9%)

  • Other Renewables (4.3%)

  • Hydroelectric (.5%)

  • Petroleum-Fired (.1%)

*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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May 2015: Mama Summit 2015 | Moms Clean Air Force Indiana members gathered at the state capitol in Indianapolis to call on elected officials to take action on climate change. Participants met with Indiana Senator Jean Breaux, who offered to sponsor a resolution to form a study committee and hold a hearing on the link between energy and children’s health. Participants also had a chance to chat with Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, who is from Southwest Indiana and is a grandmother.

The Indiana Mama Summit solidified partnerships with long-standing statewide groups, helped build our name in Indiana, and started important conversations with those who have the most influence in our state.

A visit to Senator Coats' office in DC. March, 2014

A visit to Senator Coats’ office in DC.


Mike Pence

Contact information:

  • 200 W. Washington St., Rm. 206
    Indianapolis, IN  46204
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (317) 232-4567
  • Twitter: @GovPenceIN

US Senate

Dan Coats

Contact information:

  • 1650 Market Tower
    10 West Market Street

    Indianapolis, IN 46204

  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (317) 554-0750
  • Twitter: @SenDanCoats

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Joe Donnelly

Contact information:

  • 10 West Market Street, Suite 1180
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (317) 226-5555
  • Twitter: @SenDonnelly

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US House of Representatives

Pete Visclosky (District 1)

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Jackie Walorski (District 2)

Contact information:

  • 202 Lincolnway East
    Suite #101
    Mishawaka, IN 46544
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (574) 204-2645
  • Twitter: @RepWalorski

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Marlin Stutzman (District 3)

Contact information:

  • 1300 South Harrison Street
    Suite 3105
    Fort Wayne, IN 46802
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (260) 424-3041
  • Twitter: @RepStutzman

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Todd Rokita (District 4)

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Susan W. Brooks (District 5)

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Luke Messer (District 6)

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André Carson (District 7)

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Larry Bucshon (District 8)

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Todd Young (District 9)

  • Bloomington Office
    320 W. 8th Street, Suite 114
    Bloomington, IN 47404
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (812) 336-3000
  • Twitter: @RepToddYoung

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Take a look at what we’ve been up to in Indiana: