Midwest Energy News

Report spotlights toxic coal ash pollution in Illinois

COAL ASH: Coal ash sites at 22 Illinois coal plants have elevated groundwater contamination, according to a new report. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• One site includes a former Dynegy plant north of St. Louis along the Mississippi River. (Alton Telegraph)
• Advocates urge Illinois lawmakers to adopt stricter regulations around coal ash storage. (Champaign News-Gazette)

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WIND: South Dakota regulators approve a 200 MW wind project requiring the developer to fund an escrow account for the eventual decommissioning of turbines. (KELO)

OIL & GAS: Proposed bills in Michigan would allow some landfills to take oil and gas fracking waste at up to 10 times the radioactivity currently allowed statewide. (Detroit Free Press)

PIPELINES:
• A Michigan Senate panel advances a bill that supports tunneling the Line 5 pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac, but changes are being considered after “quite a bit of criticism.” (Detroit News)
• A federal judge allows preliminary work on the Keystone XL pipeline to continue while an order blocking construction is in effect. (Associated Press)
• The Dakota Access pipeline developer says it complied with terms of an agreement last year involving construction-related allegations. (Associated Press)

COAL: FirstEnergy may soon have updated permits regulating pollution discharges at a large coal ash site and power plant in western Pennsylvania. (Beaver Times)

TRANSPORTATION: GM’s planned layoffs show the transition to electric vehicles could decrease automotive employment unless companies invest in innovation. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

SOLAR:
• County officials in western Illinois approve plans for four solar projects, though concerns over preserving farmland remain. (Galesburg Register-Mail)
• A city-wide solar challenge encouraging utility customers near Minneapolis to buy renewable energy exceeds expectations. (Eden Prairie News)
• Interest in community solar grows in a central Minnesota community. (Osakis Review)

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RENEWABLES: A public hearing today will focus on new wind and solar zoning regulations in an eastern Illinois community. (Ford County Record)

COMMENTARY: Advocates say weakening methane regulations for oil and gas development would harm southeastern Ohio residents. (Athens News)

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