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Pruitt secures loophole for ‘super polluting’ trucks on final day

US EPA: On his final day as EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt cemented a loophole allowing “super polluting” trucks on the road. (Vox)

ALSO:
• Ohio native Andrew Wheeler, who now heads the U.S. EPA, insists he is more than a former coal lobbyist. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Biofuels groups hope to “hit the reset button” with the Trump administration following Scott Pruitt’s resignation. (E&E News, subscription)

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OIL AND GAS:
Major oil and gas companies are beginning to push back against a Washington state effort to impose a carbon fee. (Grist)
• A Shell subsidiary agrees to pay $3.8 million to the federal government to settle a lawsuit over a 2016 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (The Advocate)
• A Texas natural gas industry group has developed and promoted a pro-gas curriculum for classrooms across the state. (Austin American-Statesman)

PIPELINES:
• A federal appeals court rules that construction can continue on the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin. (Associated Press)
• Construction resumes on parts of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia after a brief halt because of runoff from work sites. (Roanoke Times)
A coalition of community leaders in Pennsylvania will conduct an independent risk assessment of the Mariner East project. (Digital First Media)

POWER PLANTS:
Two coal-fired power plants operating under federal emergency authority in Virginia are uncompetitive and out of compliance with federal pollution standards. (InsideClimate News)
New Jersey officials approve initial permits to build a gas-fired power plant that would provide power to New York City. (NorthJersey)

COAL: A nonprofit will help downstate Illinois communities prepare for the inevitable closing of more coal plants and mines. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR:
The U.S has a choice: abandon nuclear power outright or embrace smaller, modular nuclear reactors, researchers say. (San Diego Union Tribune)
• South Carolina utilities had already purchased 90 percent of materials for a failed nuclear project when construction ceased. (Post and Courier)

RENEWABLES: The city council in Concord, New Hampshire, will vote tonight on a 100 percent renewable energy goal for the city. (NHPR)

SOLAR:
• Independent producers are uncertain of their role in Michigan as Consumers Energy looks to develop more than 6,000 MW of solar by 2040. (MiBiz)
A draft plan funded by the Department of Energy shows how Pennsylvania get 10 percent of its electricity from solar by 2030. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Cornell University researchers plan a three-year study of pollinator-friendly flowers at community solar farms in New York. (Ithaca Journal)
• The Trump administration’s solar tariffs show how it’s hard to control the consequences once a trade war is launched. (Los Angeles Times)

WIND:
• A federal judge fines a Chinese wind turbine manufacturer $1.5 million for stealing trade secrets from a U.S. technology company. (Associated Press)
• A 1,000 MW wind farm under development in New Mexico will be one of the biggest in the U.S. (Albuquerque Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A coalition of clean energy groups in the Midwest looks to coordinate EV infrastructure and deployment. (Energy News Network)
• DTE Energy proposes a three-year, $13 million electric vehicle pilot program to develop charging infrastructure. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• General Motors will boost production of its Chevrolet Bolt by 20 percent in response to higher-than-expected demand. (CNET)

GEOTHERMAL: A Hawaiian geothermal plant shuttered by lava likely won’t resume producing power for years. (Honolulu Star Advertiser)

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MICROGRIDS: California lawmakers consider a bill to make it easier to develop clean energy micrograms and prohibit permits for ones that use diesel backup or gas combustion. (Microgrid Knowledge)

COMMENTARY:
• Electric cars won’t save the environment unless the grid becomes less reliant on fossil fuels, says a Nevada editorial board. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• The federal courts are not meant to remedy every ill in the world, including climate change, says a Chapman University law professor. (Los Angeles Times)
• Author and activist Winona LaDuke says the fight over Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement in Minnesota is far from over. (The Forum)

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