Regionally Speaking, Monday, November 16, 2020

Nov 16, 2020

Hoosier Environmental Council environmental health and water policy director Dr. Indra Frank is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about a new report on what the HEC says is widespread groundwater contamination at Indiana's coal ash sites. Jamie Palmer with the IU Public Policy Institute also talks about an analysis of the shift of coal-fired power plants to new and emerging technologies.
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Today:  We have two environmental topics that are linked to northwest Indiana and NIPSCO's coal-fired plants.   Hoosier Environmental Council director of environmental health and water policy director Dr. Indra Frank talks about the release of a 32-page white paper entitled "Our Waters At Risk, Part 2: The Impact of Coal Ash."  It addresses the concerns about groundwater contamination by power plants' coal ash "impoundments"  -- the unlined pits in flood plains of Lake Michigan and Indiana rivers.  Jamie Palmer, a policy analyst with the I.U. Public Policy Institute talks about a recent analysis designed to help Hoosier lawmakers discuss the state's shift from coal to emerging technologies to create electricity.  PNC Financial Services Group economist Abbey Omodunbi joins us for the first of a monthly series of conversations about the local and national economies.  And Indiana Youth Institute president-CEO Tami Silverman talks about her recent column on helping get family members ready for a very different Thanksgiving and Christmas.