Indiana Department of Environmental Management


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.   

Carl Lisek, host of "Green Fleet Radio" which is made possible by South Shore Clean Cities, talks with Shawn Seals and Ryan Clem of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, on Lakeshore Public Radio - 89.1 FM.

Heather Eidson / The Times

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Documents show that U.S. Steel failed to test a Lake Michigan tributary for a potentially carcinogenic chemical after a spill from one of the company's plans in northwest Indiana.

The Chicago Tribune reports the incident was the second time this year that the company's Portage plant dumped chromium into Burns Waterway.

Details about the failed testing were in an inspection report posted online Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Indiana has begun planning how to use its $40.9 million portion of the Volkswagen pollution settlement.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management, or IDEM, wants public input on a plan to pay to upgrade diesel equipment in places with severe emissions.

VW admitted last year to tampering with emissions equipment in 600,000 of its cars sold in the U.S. The company’s $2.7 billion Clean Air Act settlement includes money for states to offset pollution from the altered cars.

Ag Study Committee Talks CAFOs

Aug 29, 2017

In a meeting of the agriculture and natural resources study committee that featured very little new information, state lawmakers Tuesday heard from experts and state regulators on animal agriculture and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

Committee members heard an overview of the state’s CAFO permitting process from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

And CAFO legislation expert Carolyn Orr told legislators big farm operations aren’t necessarily bad ones.

Summer is E.Coli Season on the Great Lakes

Jul 18, 2017 / Indiana's Lake Michigan Program

No one wants to eagerly head to the beach just to find out it’s closed, but with summer storms affecting Lake Michigan’s water quality that could be common. Beaches close unexpectedly because of polluted waters. Polluted waters are very serious, they can contain disease-causing pathogens such as E.Coli bacteria.

Deputy Director of Communications Tara Wolf from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management explains what E.Coli is.


“Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a naturally occurring bacteria that lives in the digestive tracts of humans and animals.  The presence of E.Coli in the beach water along Lake Michigan’s shoreline is a strong indication that the water may have recently been contaminated by sewage or animal fecal waste that may contain many types of harmful disease-causing organisms.


Swimming in and swallowing beach water contaminated with high levels of E.Coli can make you sick with abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, headache and muscle aches.Tara wolf tells us how to avoid polluted Indiana beaches.


“The best way to plan a trip to the beach is to go online at and check out BeachGuard for the latest water quality status of the beaches before leaving home.

Indiana Dunes Ranger Bruce Rowe talks about how the weather can affect E.Coli levels.

“When you have certain times in the summer when it’s rainier that’s when you’ll have higher E.Coli counts. So really if we had a large rain today I wouldn’t recommend coming to the beach tomorrow unless you check with the park.”

An easy way to check your local beach E.Coli levels is with the Beach alert App designed by the Indiana Department of environmental management. The app keeps people updated on the water quality of beaches in your area. For more information on how to stay informed on your local beach and learn how you can help keep Lake Michigan clean visit








Sharon Jackson / Lakeshore Public Radio

HAMMOND - People were given the opportunity to learn about water quality in Lake Michigan on an educational boat tour Tuesday.  

The tour was aboard the W.G. Jackson Research Vessel, which is part of the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University in Muskegon, Michigan.  

Research Scientist Dr. Janet Vail said the guests would learn about water and would have an opportunity to take part in the day's study.

Becky Malewitz / South Bend Tribune via AP

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A trash fire burning in a northern Indiana landfill sent a huge plume of smoke into the sky and prompted warnings for nearby residents to stay indoors.

Authorities say the fire at the Earthmovers Landfill just south of Elkhart was reported about 3:45 a.m. Wednesday. Crews were working to smother the flames, but fire continued burning several hours later.