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Murray Energy rebuked for ‘egregious’ mine safety violations

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COAL: Federal labor officials rebuke Murray Energy for “extraordinary and egregious violations” of mine safety laws in a case involving intimidation of workers who sought to report safety concerns. (S&P Global)

ALSO:
The Tennessee Valley Authority seeks public input on the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of closing two coal plants. (Solar Industry)
Twenty-four of 26 Duke Energy coal ash facilities in North Carolina violate federal rules for disposal of the toxic byproduct. (Utility Dive)

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PIPELINES:
• A lame-duck push in Michigan looks to secure a deal to tunnel the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, though years of legal disputes are likely. (Energy News Network)
• The architect of a legal argument to force government action on climate change says public trust laws are likely violated with a plan to tunnel the Line 5 pipeline. (Energy News Network)
• Advocates say an attempt by Ohio lawmakers to amend a bill aimed at limiting pipeline protests may be unconstitutional. (Energy News Network)
• Questions remain a year after a major oil spill on the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota. (Forum News Service)

SOLAR:
• Critics say Tesla’s Buffalo, New York solar plant is failing to live up to the company’s promises. (Bloomberg Businessweek)
• A developer’s recent misstep highlights the intense competition to participate in Illinois’ community solar program. (Energy News Network)
• A new report outlines 15 ways Pennsylvania can grow solar energy to 10 percent of generation by 2030. (Energy News Network)

WIND: As the wind industry expands in Wyoming, some companies are making efforts to avoid bird deaths caused by turbines. (Casper Star Tribune)

GRID:
• New York regulators simplify interconnection requirements, aiming to make it easier to connect distributed energy resources to the grid. (Utility Dive)
• Grid operator MISO “will need to take significant steps” to handle a 40 percent renewable penetration. (RTO Insider)

NUCLEAR:
• New Jersey regulators move forward on a plan that could provide subsidies for struggling nuclear plants. (NJ Spotlight)
• SCE&G seeks to discredit former employees and a construction company it paid $1 million for a report on a failing nuclear project. (The State)

OVERSIGHT: Southeast Region EPA Administrator Trey Glenn resigns after being indicted for violating ethics laws. (Washington Post)

UTILITIES: North Carolina regulators approve the proposed merger of SCANA and Dominion Energy, which still needs approval in South Carolina. (Associated Press)

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POLITICS:
• Nevada Democrats say they plan to introduce legislation to raise the state’s renewable energy requirement above 50 percent by 2030, the threshold recently approved by voters. (Nevada Independent)
• Supporters of a failed carbon fee proposal in Washington look to a successful Portland clean energy initiative for inspiration about the path ahead. (Crosscut)

COMMENTARY:
• An Ohio editorial board says the state’s nuclear plants are needed to limit the impacts of climate change. (Akron Beacon Journal)
• A nonprofit leader says coal, not wind, is the real threat to birds. (ecoRI)

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