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EPA: An error that Congress made more than 20 years ago may be industry’s only hope of avoiding carbon dioxide regulations for existing power plants. (Greenwire)

‘PETKOCH’: Residents of a southeast Chicago neighborhood pack a hearing to voice concerns to industry and city officials about growing piles of petroleum coke along the Calumet River. (Times of Northwest Indiana)

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POLLUTION: Environmental groups dispute a utility’s claim that a cloud of fly ash released over Springfield, Missouri this week is harmless. (Springfield News-Leader)

OIL: Gasoline futures are spiking after a Wednesday night fire closed down a Chicago-area refinery. (Reuters)

CLIMATE: A study ordered by the Nebraska legislature on “cyclical” climate change is running into a hitch — scientists are refusing to participate. (Omaha World-Herald)

ALSO: Wall Street investors want answers on the long-term value of fossil fuel reserves, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says the debate on whether to act on climate change has “turned the corner.” (InsideClimate News, The Hill)

COAL: An Ohio coal mine will shut down, Illinois towns brace for the impact of coal mine layoffs, and a historical marker honoring Illinois’ first coal mine will be replaced more than 30 years after the original disappeared. (Columbus Business First, Springfield State Journal-Register, Carbondale Southern)

ELECTRIC CARS: Eight states on the east and west coasts will coordinate policies with a goal of putting 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. (New York Times)

KEYSTONE XL: The State Department will release documents showing communications with lobbying firms seeking approval of Keystone XL; and a former White House climate adviser says President Obama will likely reject the pipeline, “but there will be some more twists and turns before we get there.” (The Hill)

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BIOENERGY: At Nebraska’s Bacon Hill Farms, a hog manure biodigester generates enough electricity to power 50 homes. (National Hog Farmer)

COMMENTARY: Why we should all be concerned about petroleum coke piles in Chicago’s Southeast Side. (Huffington Post)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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