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Issues of Environment and Sustainability

Receiving updates from the committee

If you would like updates about upcoming activities, or action alerts during the legislative session, contact Sallie Fahey, Liz Solberg, or Cathy Potter, Co-chairs of the LWVGL Environment and Sustainability Committee.

Most recent E&S Committee Email Alert

(Sent 9/19/18)

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comments on its Affordable Clean Energy rule (ACE) now through Oct. 30th. You can submit your public comment here: https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/affordable-clean-energy-rule-proposal-how-comment

Express your opposition to moving back to the use of more coal and allowing decision-making to revert to the inconsistencies of state control. This potential change in policy -- from the Clean Power Plan of the previous administration to the ACE -- impacts us in Indiana more than any other state. As always, comment as an individual. The LWVIN has submitted a formal statement.

Sallie Fahey, Liz Solberg, Cathy Potter Co-Chairs, Environmental and Sustainability Issues Committee League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette

Current action

Contact Governor Holcomb and request that he ask Indiana's representatives on ORSANCO to oppose eliminating ORSANCO's pollution control standards for the Ohio River:

Make your contact as an individual by sending a letter to: Governor Eric Holcomb Indiana Statehouse, Room 206 200 West Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204-2797 ...or call: 317-232-4567 ...or e-mail: govholcomb@gov.in.gov

Note: There are 21 people from eight states, plus two federal representatives, on ORSANCO, the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (http://www.orsanco.org/about-us/commissioners/). Three are from Indiana and one is Vice Chair. Three may seem like a small percentage of the upcoming vote; however other state Leagues along the Ohio R. are involved in this effort. The LWVIN presented comments at the one hearing ORSANCO held on this issue July 26th in Cincinnati, and has sent a formal letter to Gov. Holcomb. This alert has also gone out to the LWVIN Natural Resources advocacy list. We hope you can join the effort!

Send comments directly to ORSANCO by August 20th as an individual, if you haven't already done so:

  • by e-mail to: PCS@orsanco.org
  • by mail to: ORSANCO, 5735 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230, Attn: PCS Comments.

This multi-state commission was formed in 1948 to reduce pollution in the Ohio River. ORSANCO is proposing to eliminate its pollution control standards. They argue that the states along the Ohio R. have standards that will adequately protect the river, but that isn't accurate. There are more than 100 ORSANCO standards that are either missing or weaker in Indiana's standards, and the situation is similar in the other Ohio River states. Each ORSANCO standard is a scientifically derived maximum amount of a chemical the river can have and still be healthy for people and aquatic life. Most of the ORSANCO commissioners are leaning toward this change. Only a strong public response will convince them to preserve the standards. More information is available at https://www.OurOhioRiver.org

Thanks for whatever you can do!

Sallie Fahey, Liz Solberg, Cathy Potter Co-Chairs, E&S Committee, League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette

Environment and sustainability committee past events

Carroll and Tippecanoe County CAFO Workshop


Download this excellent summary: Stemming the Tide of Pollution from CAFOs, published by the Hoosier Environmental Council, April, 2018, with information relevant to both Carroll and Tippecanoe Counties.

When: Saturday, April 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Wabash & Erie Canal Interpretive Center, 1030 W Washington St. Delphi, Indiana 46923

What: FREE educational workshop on factory farms (i.e., concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs) presented by the Hoosier Environmental Council's Senior Staff Attorney and Director of Agriculture Policy, Kim Ferraro.


Update on CSOs - Combined Sewer Overflow Projects

Jenny Leshner, Lafayette City Engineer, and Dave Henderson, West Lafayette Utility Director, provided an educational forum for the public about the Lafayette and West Lafayette Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) projects. The event was well attended and all who attended learned about the progress being made in Tippecanoe County to protect the Wabash River. Listen to the audio presentations. Depending on your browser and the app you use to listen to audio, you should find the "download" choice, possibly save or save-as the file and then open the file to listen. View the slides from the West Lafayette presentation as well as the Lafayette presentation.

Go to the City websites (Lafayette and West Lafayette) for additional information on these projects.

Group picture - CSO presentation March 21, 2017

Jenny Leshney, Lafayette City Engineer

Dave Henderson, WL Wastewater Treatment Utility Director