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)

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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