Indiana Department of Environmental Management


At a time when more Hoosiers are getting outside, the legislature has made even more budget cuts to Indiana’s underfunded and understaffed environmental agencies.

ArcelorMittal Must Prove it Made Corrections

Aug 26, 2020

INDIANA HARBOR - ArcelorMittal now has to prove that it made the corrections listed in an inspection report and the company must submit future compliance plans.  That's after a complaint led state inspectors to find multiple violations in water sample collection and handling procedures at the steel mill that released cyanide and ammonia into the Little Calumet River last year.  

Indiana Department of Environmental Management

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has issued an Air Quality Action Day and is forecasting high ozone levels for Friday, July 3rd in Northwest Indiana for Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties and in North Central Indiana for St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties.

Sarah Bonick, Director of External Relations says IDEM encourages everyone to help reduce ozone while remaining safe during the COVID-19 health crisis.

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The state wants to know where recycling could use a boost in Indiana. The Department of Environmental Management plans to conduct a statewide recycling study. 


The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is facing a class action lawsuit over who can get reimbursed for cleaning up leaking underground gas tanks through a state fund.

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PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A steelmaker in Indiana is denying manipulating results from toxic readings that were required after a chemical spill killed more than 3,000 fish last year.

The Post-Tribune reports state regulators claim that ArcelorMittal's steel plant is redoing daily ammonia and cyanide tests, reporting the lower score. An Indiana Department of Environmental Management official says the company's attempt to redo daily tests “undermines the integrity” of its self-disclosures.

Budget cuts at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and other state environmental agencies around the country are threatening public health. That’s according to a new report by the Environmental Integrity Project. 

U.S. Steel’s northwest Indiana facility had its fourth spill this year into a Lake Michigan waterway. The company reported the release to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management on Wednesday night, the same day the government and U.S. Steel posted their revised consent decree

Portage Mayor Reacts To State Report On ArcelorMittal Spill

Oct 29, 2019

The mayor of Portage is calling for several changes to the way ArcelorMittal operates. Last week, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management released an investigative report on the company’s August spill of cyanide and ammonia into a Lake Michigan waterway that killed about 3,000 fish.

The state says ArcelorMittal failed to notify the public soon enough about problems that led to a cyanide and ammonia spill in a Lake Michigan tributary. That’s according to an investigative report by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. 

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it has finalized its repeal of the Obama-era rule that would have expanded federal protections for smaller water bodies like streams and ponds.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is investigating the source of oil discharged from a sewer pipe into the White River in Indianapolis. A fisherman contacted officials after seeing the oil along the river’s banks. 

Indiana National Dunes Beaches Closed After Fish Kill

Aug 16, 2019

Beaches, including ones in the state’s first national park, are closed this weekend after a large fish kill. Authorities say the kill is likely the result of a chemical spill. / NPR

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Some beaches are closed along Lake Michigan in northwestern Indiana after authorities say a chemical spill into the Little Calumet River caused fish to die in the area.

The National Park Service announced Thursday it closed the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk beach areas at Indiana Dunes National Park as well as waters out to 300 feet (91 meters).

An overflow crowd of hundreds of Muncie residents showed up to a city council meeting Monday night to address an issue that wasn’t on the agenda – protesting against a facility that will recycle steel dust into zinc oxide.  Residents say it will pollute the city and cause a mass exodus.

Terre Haute Meets Air Quality Standard For Sulfur Dioxide

Jul 3, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday Terre Haute and the rest of Vigo County now meets the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for sulfur dioxide.

This follows Duke Energy closing its Wabash River coal plant, near West Terre Haute.

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. 

Bill Regulating CFOs Voted Down In Committee

Feb 13, 2019

A bipartisan bill to place more regulations on large farms called confined feeding operations — or CFOs — failed in a House committee Wednesday. There are more than 1,800 of CFOs in Indiana — the larger of which are called CAFOs or confined animal feeding operations.

The bill would have given the Indiana Department of Environmental Management more power to deny permits for CFOs. 

State Approves Controversial Newton County CAFO

Jan 22, 2019

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management recently approved a permit for a controversial confined animal feeding operation — or CAFO — in Newton County. But the fight over the 4,000 cow organic dairy might not be over. 

IDEM: Overturned Truck Killed More Than 40,000 Fish

Jan 3, 2019

A trucking company has been cited for killing more than 40,000 fish, 46 crayfish, and a few salamanders. In June, a truck owned by MOB Carriers, Inc. overturned off of Interstate 70 near Richmond, spilling about 1,000 gallons of a cosmetic ingredient into Clear Creek. 

Donnelly Calls For EPA To Take Over In Franklin

Dec 10, 2018
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) stands with If It Was Your Child moms. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Outgoing U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) wants the Environmental Protection Agency to take on the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites in Franklin. Donnelly says Gov. Eric Holcomb should get involved and ask the EPA to step in.

Mysterious Discharge Is Just Foam Says U.S. Steel

Dec 4, 2018

A foamy, white substance has been spotted coming out of the U.S. Steel plant in northwest Indiana. It’s flowing into the Burns Waterway — the same Lake Michigan tributary where the company spilled the cancer-causing chemical hexavalent chromium last year. 

Hammond Facility Emitted Twice Legal Amount Of Lead

Nov 9, 2018

A lead-processing facility in Hammond emitted twice as much lead as the legal limit allows. That’s according to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, who issued a citation to Whiting Metals, LLC.

Plans for a controversial recycling and waste-processing facility in Gary hit a snag this week. The city council reversed its decision to approve the project. 

Plans For Lawrenceburg Coal Ash Pond Could Get Revised

Oct 8, 2018

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says a recent federal appeals court ruling could change closure plans for a coal ash pond in Lawrenceburg. 

A map of articles reporting algal blooms across the country by the Environmental Working Group reveals a widespread problem. But that algae doesn’t seem to be contaminating Indiana’s drinking water as much as it is in other states. 

IDEM Tests Homes, Wells, Sewers In Franklin

Aug 15, 2018

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is doing more testing for chemicals that could be causing rare child cancers in Franklin. That includes re-testing air in homes that showed high levels of PCE and TCE in the report by the Edison Wetlands Association. 

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. Now the majority of those would be online or sent via email. 

IDEM Predicts High Ozone In Indiana On Thursday

May 23, 2018

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management predicts high levels of ozone for most of the state on Thursday May 23. This means children, seniors, and anyone with a heart or lung condition should avoid strenuous work or exercise outside. 

The Environmental Protection Agency recently declared a Superfund site in Spencer because of contaminated groundwater. But town officials say the water is safe to drink.

The Franklin Street Groundwater site is contaminated with PCE — a chemical the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says likely causes cancer. It’s used in dry cleaning or to get grease off metal. The EPA put the Franklin Street site on its priority list last week.