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Rebecca Thiele

Rebecca Thiele covers statewide environment and energy issues. Before coming to Bloomington, she worked for WMUK Radio in Kalamazoo, Michigan on the arts and environment beats. Thiele was born in St. Louis and is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Recent Posts by Rebecca Thiele

August 14, 2018


OUCC: State Should Deny Vectren New Gas Plant

A consumer advocate group is urging the state to deny Vectren’s proposal to build a $780 million natural gas plant. The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor says Vectren needs to explore all its options.

August 13, 2018


Climate, Water Resources Subjects Of First Water Summit

The two-day event brought experts together to take a closer look at how Indiana can protect its water resources.

August 10, 2018


Some East Chicago Homes Not Getting All Lead Pipes Replaced

East Chicago residents found out at a public meeting Thursday night some lead lines are only getting partially replaced leaving those residents still at risk. 

August 9, 2018


There Are Five Times As Many Clean Energy Jobs In Indiana As In Fossil Fuels

Among Midwest states, Indiana has the second highest percentage of clean energy jobs in its workforce (2.7 percent) and ranks second in wind energy employment.

August 8, 2018


State One Step Closer To Cutting Air Pollution Notices Out Of Newspapers

The state is moving forward with plans to stop posting air pollution notices in newspapers, despite opposition. The notices let people know if someone has applied for a permit to put contamination into the air.

August 8, 2018


Trump Superfund Nominee Recuses Self From DowDuPont’s Hazardous Waste Sites

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Superfund program says he’ll recuse himself from sites contaminated by his former employer DowDuPont — eleven of which are in Indiana.

August 6, 2018


State Calls Franklin Chemical Testing ‘Questionable’ At Forum

Rare child cancers in Franklin are getting more attention as a result of chemical testing. But state agencies expressed doubt at the validity of that testing at a community listening session on Friday.

August 3, 2018


EPA Halts Obama-Era Clean Car Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency is making good on plans to halt Obama-era fuel economy standards. It announced a new proposal Thursday that claims to prioritize safety over fuel efficiency. 

August 3, 2018


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Indiana Challenged By China’s Ban On U.S. Recycling

China isn’t going to take trash from the U.S. anymore, and it will no longer import contaminated recycling. Hoosiers are searching for ways to prevent potential recyclables from ending up in a landfill.

August 1, 2018


School To Start After Chemical Testing At Franklin Elementary Schools

A company tested the Franklin Community Schools properties for cancer-causing chemicals that some think could be contributing to high child cancer rates in the area.

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