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Percolation test

Testing method

A percolation test consists of digging one or more holes in the soil of the proposed leach field to a specified depth, presoaking the holes by maintaining a high water level in the holes, then running the test by filling the holes to a specific level and timing the drop of the water level as the water percolates into the surrounding soil. There are various empirical formulae for determining the required size of a leach field based on the size of facility, the percolation test results, and other parameters.

For leach line testing, a minimum of three test holes are drilled, most commonly six to eight inches in diameter. Ideally, these should be drilled to different depths from three to six feet below the surface. For better, more conclusive results, five drill holes are used in a pattern of one hole at each corner of the proposed leach field and one test hole in the center. Testing of these holes will result in a value with units of minutes per inch. This value is then correlated to a predetermined county health code to establish the exact size of the leach field.

Testing for horizontal pits typically requires five to eight test holes drilled in a straight line, or along a common contour, from three to ten feet below the surface. Testing is identical to leach line testing, though the end result is a different type of septic system, established through a different calculation.

Vertical seepage pits are slightly different in testing methods due to their large size, but the basic testing method is essentially the same. A hole, typically three to four feet in diameter is drilled to a depth of twenty or thirty […]

Construction of Wind Farm Project in Indiana

Pattern Development Completes Financing and Starts Construction of Amazon Wind Farm Project in Indiana

150 MW wind project to use American-made turbines and create more than 300 jobs; Power to be acquired by Amazon

SAN FRANCISCO , May 4, 2015 /CNW/ — Construction is ramping up at the Amazon Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) project. Pattern Energy Group LP (“Pattern Development”) today announced the closing of financing on the 150 megawatt (MW) Amazon Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) project located in Benton County, Indiana . The project has entered into a 13-year power purchase agreement with Amazon to supply electricity to the electric grids that service Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) datacenters.

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“The Amazon Wind Farm project has successfully closed financing and is moving ahead on schedule,” said Mike Garland , President and CEO of Pattern Development. “We look forward to helping Amazon power its customers’ businesses with domestic clean energy harnessed from the winds of Indiana . We are now working with Amazon, Google and Walmart, demonstrating that America’s leading corporations are increasingly investing in, or buying power from, non-polluting energy sources like wind power. We see this growing trend driving the development of more new projects.”

The Amazon Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) project will utilize 65 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines with ‘Made in America’ components. The turbine blades are being manufactured at the Siemens factory in Ft. Madison, Iowa and the nacelles are being assembled at the Siemens facility in Hutchinson, Kansas . The turbine towers […]

Hoosier Environmental Indiana

Air Pollution (External Link) Amtrak Service Asbestos and Mesothelioma (External Link) Bats Biofuels (NRDC Report) Biomass (Union of Concerned

Source: Index of Issues | Hoosier Environmental Council

Index of Issues

Air Pollution (External Link)

Amtrak Service

Asbestos and Mesothelioma (External Link)

Bats

Biofuels (NRDC Report)

Biomass (Union of Concerned Scientists Report)

Blue-Green Algae

CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations)

CFOs (Confined Feeding Operations)

Children’s Health (External Link)

Clean Energy

Clean Power Plan

Clean Water

Climate Change

Coal

Coal Ash

Coal-Fired Power Plants (Union of Concerned Scientists Report)

Combined Heat and Power

Environmental Justice

Factory Farms

Farmer’s Markets (External Link)

Forest Protection

Green Communities

High Speed Passenger Rail

Impaired Waters

Lake County

Mercury (External Link)

Mounds Greenway

Net Metering

Nuclear Power (External Link)

Oil

Open Spaces

Outdoor Wood Boilers (OWBs)

Pathogens in Manure

Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge

Plastic Consumption (External Link)

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Public Transportation

Renewable Energy

SMSS (Satellite Manure Storage Structures)

Solar (External Link)

Sustainable Agriculture

Watershed Restoration

Well Testing

Wildlife Refuges

Wind Energy

Pence signs bill repealing Indiana construction wage law

A Republican-backed measure that will repeal Indiana’s law setting wages for state and local government construction projects has been approved by Gov. Mike Pence.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) –

Pence signs repeal of IN construction wage law Pence signs repeal of IN construction wage law

A Republican-backed measure that will repeal Indiana’s law setting wages for state and local government construction projects has been approved by Gov. Mike Pence.

Pence signed the legislation Wednesday and says it will allow the free market to determine pay scales rather than government boards.

Supporters estimate the change will reduce project costs by as much as 20 percent by allowing more contractors to pay wages below union scale. Opponents dispute such savings will occur and say it will open the door for low-paying, out-of-state contractors.

The measure sparked controversy during this year’s legislative session, including a rally that brought thousands of contractors and union members to the Statehouse lawn in April.

The repeal takes effect in July.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management IDEM

The States’ View of the Air 2015The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has released The States’ View of the Air (2015) report. This report highlights the air quality in counties and cities in the United States. Like a report card, IDEM has graded areas on the state of their air quality under the federal standards for ozone and fine particles. States’ View of the AirIndiana Ground Water Monitoring Network SurveyIDEM is looking for private residential well owners in all 92 counties in Indiana to take part in the statewide Ground Water Monitoring Network. Eligible residential wells will be tested free of charge, and copies of analytical results will be provided at the end of the study. Information about participating, including eligibility requirements, is available on the IDEM Statewide Ground Water Monitoring Network Survey page. Ground Water Monitoring Network Survey State of Indiana Ground Water Monitoring Network ApplicationCarbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating UnitsThe State of Indiana via the undersigned agencies appreciates the opportunity to comment on the proposed rule entitled “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units” (EGUs) (June 18, 2014, 79 Fed. Reg. 34830). Indiana urges U.S. EPA to withdraw the proposed rule for multiple reasons.While Indiana urges U.S. EPA to withdraw the proposed rule for multiple reasons as set forth below, the State of Indiana respectfully requests that U.S. EPA take into consideration the technical corrections and comments outlined in the attachments to this letter if it proceeds in finalizing the rule. These comments are the result of a thoughtful, collaborative process between multiple Indiana state agencies with expertise in environmental, utility and natural resource issues. Letter to U.S. EPA [PDF] Attachment […]

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