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EPA plans to overhaul wastewater rule for power plants

COAL: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says he plans to revise a wastewater rule for power plants that the agency put on hold in April. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: The Sierra Club seeks to force the Energy Department to reveal the groups it consulted with in developing its grid reliability study. (Reuters)

FERC: New FERC chair Neil Chatterjee said Monday that coal and nuclear plants must be compensated properly “to recognize the value they provide to the system.” (Washington Examiner)

NUCLEAR:
• Efforts to give hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits to the Vogtle nuclear project in Georgia seem stuck in the U.S. Senate as lawmakers look at a broader tax overhaul. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Supporters of Georgia’s troubled Vogtle nuclear plant are asking the Trump administration to help the project to ensure its completion. (Bloomberg)
• An analysis says it is likely that future plans to build full size nuclear reactors in the U.S. “are now being put on indefinite hold.” (Energy Collective)
• Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says the decline of the U.S. nuclear sector is a threat to national security. (Bloomberg)
• A Utah startup is pursuing a thorium reactor. (Salt Lake Tribune)

COAL: Wyoming leaders object to a proposal to provide federal subsidies for Appalachian coal. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

TRANSPORTATION:
• How electric vehicles and cheap oil disrupted a push to fuel cars with natural gas. (Bloomberg)
• The Trump administration has started the process of rolling back U.S. fuel standards for cars and light trucks by opening a public comment period. (NPR)

OIL AND GAS:
• Dozens of pipeline opponents walk out of a public hearing in Pennsylvania in protest. (NPR)
• Nebraska farmers and landowners vow to continue fighting the Keystone XL pipeline in court if state regulators approve new construction through the state. (Bloomberg)
• Plans to protect a threatened West Texas lizard could be upended by frac sand mining operations. (Texas Tribune)

WIND: Opponents of a Maine wind farm appeal to county officials to block the project. (CentralMaine.com)

SOLAR:
• Major solar companies object to a planned rate structure overhaul by Nevada’s largest utility. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Organizers in an Indiana city are launching an effort to get new solar installation contracts signed ahead of net metering changes. (Indiana Public Media)

CLIMATE:
• California Republicans get pushback from within their party for supporting the state’s cap-and-trade program. (Los Angeles Times)
• A Colorado town becomes the fourth in the state to set a 100% renewable energy target. (Denver Post)

COMMENTARY:
• An official with NRG says zero-emissions credits for nuclear plants like those in Illinois are “bad public policy” and “no win for renewables.” (Greentech Media)
• Why rural co-ops are taking the lead on community solar. (Greentech Media)

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