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Ohio EPA official resigns, blames coal industry pressure

OHIO: A 30-year veteran of the Ohio EPA says he was asked to resign amid pressure from the coal industry. (Huffington Post)

MICHIGAN: An investigation finds that despite numerous violations, fines are rarely levied against the state’s natural gas utilities. (Detroit Free Press)

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CLIMATE POLICY: The EPA will face a challenge as it attempts to tailor CO2 regulations to fit a patchwork of state renewable energy laws, and the GAO will review how the Obama administration calculates the social cost of carbon. (ClimateWire, The Hill)

COAL: Two years after an Illinois coal plant shut down, a coal ash storage pond is leaking contaminants into groundwater; and the EPA may revoke an exemption for emissions produced when power plants start up and shut down. (Danville News-Gazette, The Hill)

OIL: A Missouri environmental group is suing the Army Corps of Engineers over what it deems a lack of transparency in the Flanagan South pipeline approval process, and a Colorado company wants to ship North Dakota and Canadian oil via the Hudson Bay to markets overseas. (Associated Press, Toronto Globe and Mail)

WIND: A Michigan city will buy power from a wind farm at a rate lower than what it’s currently paying for coal. (MLive)

FRACKING: A Michigan judge dismisses a lawsuit challenging drilling leases in state game preserves. (MLive)

FRAC SAND: A Wisconsin county that has already approved 26 frac sand mining operations approves a moratorium on new permits while health impacts are studied. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

NUCLEAR: More than two years after it shut down, the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant in Nebraska is moving closer to restarting; and Michigan opponents say a Canadian plan to bury nuclear waste along Lake Huron is a “declaration of war against the Great Lakes.” (Associated Press, Detroit Free Press)

POLITICS: Supporters of President Obama go on the offensive against climate science deniers. (Greenwire)

COMMENTARY: Debunking common myths about Germany’s energy transition. (EarthTechling)

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