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Key EPA rules go to court today

EPA: In separate cases, the U.S. Supreme Court and a federal appeals court will take up two key pollution rules today. (Greenwire)

ALSO: The agency announces changes in enforcement priorities. (Greenwire)

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COAL: Duluth officials plan to bring the city’s 80-year-old coal-fired steam plant “into the 21st century,” in part by adding sawdust to the plant’s fuel mix. (Midwest Energy News)

GREEN ECONOMY: The energy industry is providing a boost for Minnesota manufacturers. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

NUCLEAR: The end of an Illinois-based program to convert Soviet warheads into fuel means U.S. nuclear plants will need to find new sources of uranium; meanwhile, can thorium provide a viable alternative? (Chicago Tribune, Greentech Media)

WIND: Bird conservation groups say wind energy can be compatible with wildlife protection. (Earthtechling)

OIL: North Dakota tribes have collected more than $300 million in oil revenue since 2008, and a minor oil spill reaches a tributary of the Little Missouri River. (Bismarck Tribune, Forum News Service)

KEYSTONE XL: Environmental groups tell the State Department that Keystone XL will be a “linchpin” for the oil sands industry, increasing production and carbon emissions; and Canada scrambles to develop climate concessions that could win the pipeline’s approval. (The Hill, Reuters)

ETHANOL: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad again warns that cutting biofuel mandates could trigger another farm crisis. (Des Moines Register)

ELECTRIC CARS: Tesla will open its first charging station in Michigan today, aimed at supporting drivers traveling between Detroit and Chicago. (Detroit Free Press)

GRID: A new power line between Wisconsin and Illinois is up and running, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee plans a renewable-powered microgrid. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: Why an Ohio lawmaker’s effort to roll back the state’s energy law “should not be switched back on.” (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

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