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Detroit officials reject coal byproduct storage plan: ‘Better safe than sorry’

NUCLEAR: Advocates suggest using former coal plant sites to install small, prefabricated nuclear reactors. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL:
• In rejecting a company’s request to store a coal byproduct along the Detroit River, city officials say it’s “better to be safe than sorry.” (Detroit Free Press)
• An upcoming federal court ruling in Virginia could have far-reaching effects on how energy companies dispose of coal ash. (Associated Press)

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TRANSMISSION: Missouri regulators will take another 60 days to determine whether the Grain Belt Express transmission project will get reconsideration. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

RATES:
• Consumer advocates say it’s time to have a “serious conversation about the lack of direction in Ohio’s energy market.” (Public News Service)
• Increasing rates are hurting industrial customers across the Upper Midwest. (Fairfield Sun Times)

EMISSIONS: A Missouri researcher is working on a device that removes carbon emissions from fossil fuel power plants. (Columbia Daily Tribune)

OIL AND GAS:
• Officials say more than 800 gallons of an oil and water mix spilled from a well pad in North Dakota and into a nearby creek. (Associated Press)
• Advocates in Michigan are on a 750-mile bike ride to protest the oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)
• Officials say aging tank cars used to transport oil by rail could be in service for another 15 years due to a lack of mandatory upgrades. (Associated Press)

CLEAN ENERGY: Officials in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, say the city is on track to meet clean energy goals that were first laid out nine years ago. (LaCrosse Tribune)

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CLIMATE:
• The Union of Concerned Scientists will continue to object to releasing communications with state attorneys general amid an inquiry on fossil fuel companies’ climate change activities. (E&E Daily)
• Exxon Mobil’s latest corporate sustainability report shows a mixed message on the company’s position on climate change. (ClimateWire)

COMMENTARY: The chairman and CEO of Michigan-based DTE Energy says electric rates are simply higher in deregulated states compared to regulated ones. (Utility Dive)

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