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Nick Janzen

Nick reports on energy and the environment for Indiana Public Broadcasting, focusing on water issues, the energy industry, and agriculture. He’s stationed at WBOI in Fort Wayne. Before joining IPB, Nick reported on coastal issues in his native Louisiana.

Recent Posts by Nick Janzen

May 19, 2017

 

EPA flags in East Chicago

Gov. Holcomb Signs Aid Bill For East Chicago Lead Crisis

Both residents and lawmakers say the bill is a positive step, but much work remains.

May 10, 2017

 

IU President Michael McRobbie announced the initiative in front of program partners at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis.

$55 Million IU Initiative Tackles Environmental, Climate Change

'Prepared for Environmental Change' is Indiana University's second Grand Challenges initiative, a $300 million undertaking started last year.

April 28, 2017

 

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Lead Paint Found In East Chicago Emergency Housing

Lead paint was found on the exterior of 16 out of 27 emergency units.

April 12, 2017

 

Indiana coast of Lake Michigan

US Steel Spill Closes 3 Indiana Beaches, Leaks Chemicals

The U.S. Steel plant in Portage, Indiana reported wastewater containing hexavalent chromium had spilled into a waterway within 100 yards of Lake Michigan.

April 10, 2017

 

A solar array at Wible Lumber in northeast Indiana.

Net Metering Bill Moves To Governor’s Desk For Final Approval

Solar power advocates say they'll ask Gov. Eric Holcomb to veto the bill.

April 6, 2017

 

Budget author Sen. Luke Kenley highlights funding priorities in the bill.

Senate Advances Budget To Conference Committee

The budget passed the Senate 39-9 and now heads to conference committee, where House and Senate legislators will negotiate a final version.

April 6, 2017

 

Some cities are considering regulating short-term rentals like those made popular by VRBO.

Short-term Rentals Bill Passes Senate

The measure regulates short-term rentals like Airbnb and VRBO. It now moves to conference committee.

April 5, 2017

 

SB 309 spawned protests all over the state, like this one in Fort Wayne, from renewable energy advocates.

As Both Sides Defend Solar, Divisive Net Metering Bill Advances

More than 1,000 Hoosiers participate in net metering, allowing anyone to receive a credit on their utility bill for sending excess energy back to the grid.

April 4, 2017

 

Fort Wayne residents protest SB 309 at Plymouth Congregational Church.

Solar Power Compensation Bill Passes House

The House passed SB 309 by a vote of 56-43, despite intense public opposition.

March 29, 2017

 

 The bill would slowly lower the amount Hoosiers receive for selling excess energy back to the grid.

House Committee Advances Net Metering Bill

The bill would slowly lower the amount Hoosiers receive for selling excess energy back to the grid.

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