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The Waters I Drink: Environmental report gives NWI {Regional Rats} another bad mark

October 23rd, 2009

Report [ Wasting Our Waterways: Toxic Industrial Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clear Water Act ]

Indiana industries discharge 33% more toxins into its waterways than any other state. This is more than the following 26 states combined (Idaho, Delaware, West Virginia, Oregon, Tennessee, South Dakota, Minnesota, Maryland, Missouri, Washington, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Hawaii, Connecticut, Vermont, Montana, Utah, North Dakota, Alaska, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Dist. Of Columbia, Massachusetts, Wyoming, Rhode Island, Arizona, Nevada). Together these states have a population of 100.1 million people compared to Indiana’s 6.4 million people. That is 15-times the population of Indiana.

Indiana also discharges more toxins than Colorado, Maine, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, California, and Wisconsin Combined. Together these states have a population of 59.8 million people compared to Indiana’s 6.4 million people. That is 10-times the population of Indiana.

However we chunk-out this data (lbs./state GDP, lbs./medium income, lbs./capita) it does not bode well for the residents of Indiana.

Environmental report gives NWI another bad mark :: Local News :: Post-Tribune.

Thomas BP / TAR SANDS, East Chicago, Environment

Case Study: The White City

October 21st, 2009

via [ The Urbanophile ]

I take a look at the cities which are often touted as progressive urban role models, places like Portland, Denver, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Austin, and find that one thing that unites these cities is their lack of African Americans. This is in marked contrast to most cities of the Midwest and South. The following chart illustrates:

The Urbanophile: The White City.

Thomas Case Studies, Urbanism

The Air I Breath: EPA Orders IDEM’s {Regional Rats} to Rewrite BP Air Permit

October 20th, 2009

I wonder to what extent the EPA’s recent order that “IDEM rewrite BP’s air permit” can be said to challenge IDEM’s ability to properly discharge its responsibility and manage the state’s environmental resources?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is forcing the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to rewrite part of the air permit for BPs Whiting refinery. EPA said BP?and IDEM left out several sources of air pollution that need to be counted when determining what kind of air pollution control equipment is necessary

EPA: BP permit must be rewritten :: Post-Tribune.

Thomas BP / TAR SANDS, East Chicago, The Air I Breath

What I’m Looking at: Carl Jordan

October 13th, 2009

In My Studio: Water Paintings

October 3rd, 2009

A Side Note

October 3rd, 2009

This piece was done during graduate school as a little side note. I still love it.

Thomas In My Studio, Painting

Reading List

October 2nd, 2009

Beyond Burnham - An Illustrated History of Planning for the Chicago Region” By Joseph P. Schwieterman and Alan P. Mammoser

The Chicago River - An Illustrated history and Guide to the River and Its Waterways” By David M. Solzman

Thomas Misc, Reading List