Indiana’s combination of environmental treasures, challenges and opportunities make the state a key part of ELPC’s advocacy to achieve environmental progress and economic development together. ELPC works in Indiana to:
- Advance wind energy — ELPC is working to ensure that clean energy policies are designed and implemented well, helping make Indiana #13 nationally for installed wind power with more than 1,500 megawatts.
- Promote high-speed rail development along the busy route between Chicago, Indianapolis, and Louisville — Indiana is part of the Midwest High-Speed Rail Network, and ELPC has worked hard with local advocates to ensure that the popular route connecting Chicago to Indianapolis, Rensselaer, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County and Beech Grove continues to operate.
- Protect important local waterways like the White and Wabash rivers — ELPC’s public interest attorneys and advocates regularly represent grassroots clients in cases and campaigns to protect Indiana rivers and lakes from runoff, wastewater and other sources of unnecessary pollution. One important example of our work in Indiana is at the Bear Run Coal Mine, the largest coal mine in the Eastern U.S., which our attorneys are fighting to hold accountable for chronic violations of their water pollution permits.
ELPC partners with the Hoosier Environmental Council, Sierra Club, Conservation Law Center and other state and local groups to achieve progress.
- Clean Air – ELPC’s “clean up or shut down” strategic legal advocacy with our grassroots community and public health partners resulted the closing of the Tanners Creek coal plant in Indiana in 2013. ELPC represented 11 citizen groups in the case, which also included 8 states and the U.S. EPA.
- Clean Water – When BP was granted a permit to discharge more ammonia and other pollutants into Lake Michigan due to its oil refinery expansion in Northwest Indiana, the public was outraged — and ELPC sprung into action. We worked behind the scenes with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and other public officials, environmental group colleagues and technical experts to force BP to reverse course. BP committed to no net increases in water pollution.
- Clean Water – ELPC is a leading expert in the often-ignored “anti-degradation” standard required by the Clean Water Act to help keep clean water clean. After designing, advancing and ultimately helping Indiana adopt a good policy, our legal team won a significant victory in implementing the standard in a case against the Bear Run Coal Mine – the largest surface coal mine in the eastern United States.
- Clean Transportation – Indiana is part of the Midwest High-Speed Rail Network, and ELPC has worked hard with local advocates to ensure that the popular route connecting Chicago to Indianapolis, Rensselaer, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County and Beech Grove continues to operate.
For other victories, visit our impacts page.
Key program staff working in Indiana
ELPC’s multi-disciplinary staff, Board and Advisory Councils work throughout the Midwest to help solve environmental problems.