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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. CONTINUE READING >>>


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CORBIN HIAR covers EPA and environmental health for E&E News, where he has worked since 2014. His reporting on the danger that oil and gas development poses to national wildlife refuges and the people who live around them won a National Press Club award for analytical reporting. He previously covered environmental policy at SNL Energy and the Center for Public Integrity and has freelanced for The Economist, Mother Jones and many other publications. As an editor, he has worked at The Huffington Post and PBS MediaShift. He has a degree in international relations from Bowdoin College.

MIKE SORAGHAN writes enterprise and investigative stories, primarily on oil and gas drilling. Before coming to Energywire, he covered congressional leadership for The Hill newspaper and served as a Washington correspondent for The Denver Post. He has received awards from the National Press Club, the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists. He was a Kiplinger Fellow in 2014 and participated in NICAR Bootcamp in 2013. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and a committee chairman and former board member at the National Press Club..