HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - A judge has approved an agreement between Northern
Indiana Public Service Co. and the U.S. Environmental Agency that includes
closing the company’s Gary plant and $13 million in investments.
Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen earlier had expressed concerns over the deal.
of Merrillville reported Monday that NIPSCO has agreed to install controls
at its Michigan City, Chesterton and Wheatfield power plants to reduce
pollutants. The company also agrees to pay a $3.5 million fine, with all but
$200,000 going to the EPA. The rest goes to Indiana.
EPA lawyers told
Van Bokkelen they deserved most of the money because they did most of the
legal work on the case and Indiana will benefit from the 1,000 jobs expected
to be created from the power plant improvements.