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GREENDALE, Ind. — Mayor Alan Weiss has a whiskey fungus problem.

Baudoinia compniacensis, a little-studied black mold associated with alcohol aging, is growing all over the otherwise idyllic town Weiss leads here in southeastern Indiana. Sullying everything from home siding to utility poles, the fungus is most noticeable near the MGP Ingredients distillery, where his son works as a plant operator.


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CORBIN HIAR covers environmental health and EPA. His reporting for E&E News has been honored by the Society of Environmental Journalists, the National Press Club and the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. A former fellow of the National Press Foundation's Paul Miller program and the University of Rhode Island's Metcalf Institute, he previously reported on the environment at the Center for Public Integrity and what is now known as S&P Global Market Intelligence. His work has also been published by Science magazine, The Economist and many other outlets.

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