Today: we look at two major environemtal projects in northwest Indiana. First, a conversation with Jim Ventura of Maya Energy LLC, a Merrillville-based company that is working on the materials recovery and recycling facility that is proposed along West 35th Avenue in Gary. The facility will accept many types of recyclables, construction and demolition waste and mixed waste that can be converted into fuel, and prepare it for end users.
Ryan Farrar, a north Newton County resident, also joins us to talk about his and other residents' concerns about plans by a Texas-based organic dairy to build a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) that would house more than 4,000 cows. The site is where a historic lake was once located and close to the tributaroes that feed the Kankakee River. The residents filed a lawsuit in Newton County courts to appeal a state permit granted to allow the company to build the CAFO. They are also supporting a bill moving through the Indiana Legislature to better deal with CAFOs, statewide.