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Colorado supports EPA emissions crackdown

EMISSIONS: The EPA is considering reclassifying Colorado as a “serious” violator of air quality standards — a move that would force stricter state control of air pollution at oil and gas operations and other industrial sites. (Denver Post)

ALSO: The Department of Justice opens an antitrust inquiry into major automakers’ deal with California to preserve emissions standards. (Reuters) 

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COAL: As the sale of Cloud Peak mines to the Navajo Nation enters the home stretch, concerns are again being raised that the Nation could be burdened with tax and cleanup liabilities associated with the mines in Wyoming and Montana. (Casper Star-Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
A University of Alaska Fairbanks study says thinning snow depths on Alaska’s North Slope present a possible obstacle for oil and gas drilling in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Bloomberg)
Colorado and other gas and oil producing states find that cleaning up abandoned wells is costly. (NPR)
Protesters are calling for a drilling ban following federal land sales to the oil and gas industry, saying full exploitation of the Permian Basin could fuel one degree of warming alone. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
Atmos Energy is replacing more than 31,000 feet of steel pipes carrying natural gas around Greeley, Colorado, as part of the company’s goal to reduce methane emissions by 50% by 2035. (Greeley Tribune)

SOLAR:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a bill exempting wildfire victims from the state’s requirement to install solar on new homes. (Associated Press)
A Colorado town wants to encourage solar development by eliminating an excise tax and permit fees on installations. (Steamboat Pilot & Today)

WIND: Xcel Energy-Colorado is partnering with development company Mortenson to build the 500-megawatt Cheyenne Ridge Wind Project on the state’s Eastern Plains. (Denver Post)

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HYDRO: A Montana utility is upgrading a hydropower station with four new turbines that it says will also be friendlier to fish. (Hydro Review)

COMMENTARY:
A California lawmaker says the state is unfair in discounting hydroelectric power as renewable energy. (Merced Sun-Star)
A columnist says a green middle ground is necessary to reconcile the vastly different positions on natural gas between Seattle’s City Council and the regional agencies that govern air pollution. (Seattle Times)
A conservationist says divesting from fossil fuels is right for Alaska’s salmon and economy. (Anchorage Daily News)
A former EPA official says we should not stop using nuclear power until we have replaced all of our major fossil fuel power sources with renewable energy. (The Hill)

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