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Dean of IU’s SPEA Testified In Support of EPA ‘Secret Science’ Bill

John D. Graham, dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and former senior official in President George W. Bush’s Office of Management and Budget, testified on Tuesday in support of a bill that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, from using what backers of the legislation call ‘secret science.’ The bill, introduced by U.S. …

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Bill Would Set New Limits on Environmental Regulations

Last week a committee in the Indiana House of Representatives approved a bill that would limit the power of state legislators. The law, proposed by Republican representative David Wolkins, would make it illegal for the state to pass environmental regulations that are more strict than federal laws. For years similar measures were shot down in the statehouse, with the help …

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Tips To Safely Deal With Winter Weather

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management, or IDEM, has issued a press release detailing ways to deal with winter weather while staying safe and environmentally friendly. If you use chemical salts to melt ice off your sidewalk, be sure not to over apply or allow the salts to fall on your lawn or garden, since excess salts can be damaging …

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Real Christmas Trees Growing in Popularity in American Homes

Real Christmas trees are making a comeback this year, according to a specialist at Purdue University. Daniel Cassens, professor at the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, says more than one billion dollars will be spent in the United States this year bringing real Christmas trees into the house. He says the environmental impact of real trees versus that of …

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Griffy Lake To Be Refilled and Stocked With Fish

In 2012 the City of Bloomington drained Griffy Lake to work on drain control. Work finished on Nov. 16, when contractors closed the lake gate and began allowing it to refill. Dave Kittaka, from the local Division of Fish & Wildlife, says that the sluice gate has been leaky for years, and because it’s at the bottom of the lake, …

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Deer reductions to close 21 Indiana state parks

21 Indiana state parks will be closed temporarily for deer reductions by local hunters . They do this annually, Mike Mycroft, chief of natural resources for the Department of Natural Resources State Parks and Reservoirs, said. “It’s mainly to manage the impact of high density deer herds on the native habitat throughout the parks,” Mycroft said. The parks affected are …

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Free driving tour of Lake Monroe offered for geology buffs

Anyone interested in geology will have the opportunity for a free driving tour of Monroe Lake on December 1st. Beginning at the Paynetown State Recreation Area on South State Road 446, there will be stops highlighting the Mt. Carmel Fault, Leesville Anticline, Edwardsville Formation, Harrodsburg Limestone, and Salem Limestone. Jill Vance, Interpretive Naturalist at Monroe Lake, is the tour guide. …

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IU Owned-And-Operated Air-Monitoring Tower Fully Funded For Next Three Years

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The Federal Department of Energy has announced that an air-monitoring station, owned and operated by Indiana University in Morgan Monroe State Forest, will be fully funded for the next three years. The station, which sits atop a 150-foot tower in the forest since its installation in 1998, monitors the exchange of carbon dioxide between the atmosphere and the forest ecosystem, …

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This Year’s Deer Season Looks To Be Productive After Last Year’s Record-Setting Harvest

Hunters in Indiana can expect another productive deer season in 2013, but probably not as productive as last year’s record setter. The deer harvest record has been broken in four of the last five seasons. But Chad Stewart, deer biologist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (the DNR), doesn’t expect the trend to continue. “Last year was a record …

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Romanian IU Students Protest Mining Project in Rosia Montana

The Romanian Student Organization at Indiana University is protesting Friday against an invasive mining project that was supported by the Romanian government in 2007. The Romanian government has signed their approval for the project to commence. The area that has been affected by this project is Rosia  Montana, Romania. Alexandra Cotofana, a first-year graduate student in the Anthropology Department and …

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