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EPA denies petition to limit cross-state coal plant emissions

COAL: The EPA denies a Maryland petition asking it to limit coal plant emissions in upwind states, sparking an appeal in federal court. (InsideClimate News, Baltimore Sun)

ALSO: A member of the independent federal commission overseeing mine safety accuses the Trump administration of illegally cutting back on a rule that endangers the lives of miners. (NBC News)

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PIPELINES:
Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction is allowed to resume after two permits thrown out by a federal court last month were reissued. (WVPB)
Briefings from federal regulators show the pressure level of natural gas pipelines was at least 12 times too high in three communities outside Boston where dozens of home explosions occurred last week. (Boston Globe)

HURRICANE FLORENCE:
The EPA reports a second coal ash spill at a disposal site owned by Duke Energy because of Hurricane Florence rains. (Bloomberg)
• Duke Energy declares an “unusual event,” the lowest level of nuclear emergency, at its Brunswick nuclear plant in North Carolina after Hurricane Florence flooding limits access to it. (News & Observer)
• Utilities and clean energy companies pick up the pieces at solar farms in the storm’s path but say it’s too soon to assess the impact. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• Washington, California and New York are making plans to incentivise solar-panel recycling to keep them from landfills. (GreenBiz)
• The Trump administration announces a 25 percent tariff on Chinese inverters, which will increase costs for some solar products. (Greentech Media)
• Solar projects backed by battery storage are cheaper to build in parts of the Southwest than new gas-fired generation, according to a new report. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR: An Illinois court ruling that “zero-carbon” credits for nuclear plants are within state jurisdiction could offer a supportive legal precedent for similar programs in New York, New Jersey and other states. (Greentech Media)

BIOFUELS: A major ethanol producer is shutting down two plants in Iowa and scaling back production in Minnesota due to low profits amid a trade war with China. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

OIL & GAS:
North Dakota regulators discuss plans for an oil refinery following a judge’s recommendation to dismiss a challenge to its location near a national park. (Associated Press)
• Federal lawyers say a drilling platform damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 is leaking 10,000 to 30,000 gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico, which is more than officials previously claimed. (Orlando Sentinel)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• An electric car manufacturer and Tesla rival secures $1 billion in Saudi funding to help launch a production facility in Arizona. (Arizona Daily Star)
• Three Western U.S. senators introduce legislation seeking to extend the federal tax credit for electric cars by 10 years. (KTVZ)

WIND: New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities votes to open bidding for the construction of 1,100 MW of offshore wind capacity this week. (Press of Atlantic City)

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TRANSMISSION: Increased clean energy use, more electric vehicles and the recent failed attempt to expand California’s grid were among the hot topics at a summit of Western transmission officials. (RTO Insider)

COMMENTARY:
• A retired U.S. Navy vice admiral writes that Trump’s power plant bailout plan is bad for the military and bad for the public. (Utility Dive)
• The U.S. should retain its comprehensive review process for wind farms near military bases in Texas and throughout the country, two think tank co-founders say. (San Antonio Express-News)

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