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Inspection showed ‘serious problem’ before N.D. spill

EPA: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to EPA greenhouse gas rules, but the endangerment finding that gives the agency authority to regulate carbon as a threat to human health will stand. (Greenwire)

ALSO: While coal-state lawmakers make dire predictions about the impact of EPA rules, regulators from those states are less worried. (E&E Daily)

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OIL: An inspection of a North Dakota pipeline revealed a “serious problem” before it ruptured, and scientists question the methodology used by Tesoro to calculate the size of the ensuing oil spill. (Forum News Service, Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: An Associated Press investigation finds rules for nuclear power plants aren’t being enforced evenly, with several Midwest plants leading the way in violations.

SOLAR: Ameren Missouri seeks permission to suspend its solar rebate program, a community solar farm takes shape in Minneapolis, and residents in Carbondale, Illinois organize to fight a solar project. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Finance & Commerce, Carbondale Southern)

COAL: Ohio’s top utility regulator says “there is no doubt coal needs to continue to play a major role in our future generation mix.” (Columbus Business First)

TRANSPORTATION: As speeds increase along Amtrak’s St. Louis-Chicago route, so does ridership, which is up 10 percent this year. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

FRACKING: A billboard campaign claims Ohio is becoming a “radioactive waste dump” for drilling companies. (Columbus Business First)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Why anaerobic digesters are “a very hot technology right now.” (Finance & Commerce)

TRANSMISSION: ComEd says it will adjust the route of a northern Illinois transmission line in response to public feedback. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Power companies prepare for new worker safety rules. (The Hill)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: How the University of Michigan’s new battery lab will help bridge the “valley of death” between innovation and manufacturing. (CleanTechnica)

COMMENTARY: How big-box stores selling solar panels will help revolutionize clean energy. (Washington Post)

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