Indiana regulators give BP a pass on meeting federal soot regulations

Last week, oil company BP backed off of a plan to dump lots more ammonia and sludge into Lake Michigan; this week, Indiana regulators granted the same refinery an exemption to a federal rule that would have required it to halve its soot emissions. Because we certainly wouldn’t want it polluting too little! The Indiana Department of Environmental Management suggested that meeting federal soot regulations would pose “an extreme hardship” to poor BP.