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Rebecca Thiele

Environment/Energy Reporter

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.

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May 16, 2019

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NAACP: Environmental Justice Advocate Needed On State Energy Task Force

NAACP: Environmental Justice Advocate Needed On State Energy Task Force

Holcomb will appoint about half of the members in the 15-person task force charged with developing the state’s energy policy.

May 14, 2019

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Logansport Drinking Water Pollution Makes EPA's National Priorities List

Logansport Drinking Water Pollution Makes EPA's National Priorities List

A plume of cancer-causing chemicals in drinking water wells in Logansport has been added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund National Priorities List.

May 10, 2019

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Holcomb Signs Off On Carbon Storage Project

Holcomb Signs Off On Carbon Storage Project

The carbon dioxide storage is part of a $450 million project proposed by Wabash Valley Resources LLC for an anhydrous ammonia fertilizer plant near Terre Haute.

May 9, 2019

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What Role Does Indiana Have To Play In Species Extinction?

What Role Does Indiana Have To Play In Species Extinction?

Indiana and the rest of the world are going to have to make transformative changes — and fast — to avoid losing more than 1 million species of plants and animals.

May 9, 2019

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'No One Told Me': Franklin Residents To EPA Internal Watchdog

'No One Told Me': Franklin Residents To EPA Internal Watchdog

Several Franklin residents say they were never told about cancer-causing chemicals at the Amphenol industrial site.

May 2, 2019

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Environmentalists Call Duke Energy 'Public Energy Enemy No. 1'

Environmentalists Call Duke Energy 'Public Energy Enemy No. 1'

Duke Energy is holding the country back from making a faster transition to renewable energy. That’s according to a report released Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group.

May 1, 2019

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EPA Says Roundup Ingredient Is Safe Despite Lawsuits

EPA Says Roundup Ingredient Is Safe Despite Lawsuits

The Environmental Protection Agency says glyphosate — the main ingredient in Roundup weedkiller — is safe when used correctly. The EPA’s review comes amidst lawsuits claiming the chemical causes cancer.

April 30, 2019

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Bloomington Asks State For Soil Testing South Of Salvage Yard

Bloomington Asks State For Soil Testing South Of Salvage Yard

Residents in a Bloomington neighborhood suspect pollution from a nearby salvage yard is washing onto their soil during heavy rains. The city council wants the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to test the soil and find out if the concerns are valid.

April 30, 2019

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Study: More Forests, Fewer Farms Led To More Ohio River Fish

Study: More Forests, Fewer Farms Led To More Ohio River Fish

Researchers are seeing more kinds of fish in the Ohio River than they were in the 1960s. A Ball State University study in collaboration with Virginia Tech says part of that may be due to less agricultural land bordering the river and more forests.

April 29, 2019

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Late Sen. Richard Lugar Was An Advocate For Climate Action, Renewable Energy

Late Sen. Richard Lugar Was An Advocate For Climate Action, Renewable Energy

At an annual foreign policy conference at Indiana University last month, Lugar said climate change deserved more of a focus.

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