The Environmental Management and Policy Committee for the Northwestern
Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) will host two important
presentations at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1.
Jeffrey Stoakes, Senior Environmental Manager with the Office of Air Quality
at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, will present the
results of the Lakeshore Air Toxics Study. This study was introduced to the
EMPC in May of 2012. The study evaluated ambient air monitoring data and
performed modeling of industrial, car, and truck emissions within Northwest
Indiana to assess potential health risks.
In addition, Jim Earle of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)
will return to the EMPC as a follow up to an overview presentation in May
“The EMPC members had numerous questions about water related impacts of the
proposed Illiana expressway,” said Kathy Luther, NIRPC Director of
Environmental Programs. “I’m pleased that the Illiana team requested an
opportunity to come back and address these concerns.”
The EMPC is one of the primary advisory bodies to NIRPC. The group includes
elected local officials, environmental managers, regional environmental
activists, industry leaders, and academics with expertise in environmental
and ecological areas. This Committee helps support the NIRPC vision to
become a voice for regional stewardship of our natural resources.
The NIRPC offices are located at 6100 Southport Road in Portage, located
immediately north of I-94 and west of Ind. 249 at the Portage and Port of