Regionally Speaking, Monday, March 19, 2018

Mar 19, 2018

NIPSCO's Bailly Generating Station in Porter County
Credit NIPSCO, RTO Online

Today:   A conversation with Dr. Indra Frank, the environmental health director for the Hoosier Environmental Council, about a new report of the impact of coal-fired power plants' ash disposal pits on water quality in the areas near the pits.  The HEC used new data released for the first time as a requirement of the 2015 federal coal ash rule to create the report.  Dr. Frank goes through the data that affects northwest Indiana the most: coal ash coming from the Bailly Generation Station along Lake Michigan at the Port of Indiana and the Schaefer power plant in Jasper County.

We talked with Valparaiso University music professor Jeff Brown about the 2018 VU Jazz Festival, to be held April 2nd through 6th.  This year, the 33rd annual festival includes high school jazz bands from across the region along with the University's Jazz Ensemble, and Friday night headliners are the Bill Boris Trio and the Tierney Sutton Band.

And Valparaiso University ceramics instructor Michele Corazzo joins us to talk about Friday's annual Soup Bowls for the Hungry fundraiser.  The 2018 proceeds from the event go to Project Neighbors, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing affordable housing to low-income families.  The event will be held in the Art-Paychology Building on the VU campus.