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Rule review could change the way the EPA values human life

COAL: In reconsidering a rule on mercury pollution from coal plants, the Trump administration could de-emphasize the value of life and health when evaluating environmental regulations. (New York Times)

ALSO:
Trump’s nominee to lead a federal mining office withdraws his nomination because of conditions in an ethical agreement. (WFPL)
• An Oregon utility asks a judge to permanently bar the public release of financial information about its coal-fired power plants. (Associated Press)

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UTILITIES: Clean energy advocates sue the Tennessee Valley Authority for electricity rates they say discourage solar and efficiency. (The Chattanoogan)

POWER PLANTS:
FERC’s chairman says staff have not communicated with the White House on a proposal to bail out coal and nuclear generators. (Utility Dive)
• FirstEnergy’s announced coal plant closures may undermine its case to shift a West Virginia coal plant to a bankrupt subsidiary. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• Tribal leaders say the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is stonewalling them with an environmental report on the Dakota Access Pipeline. (InsideClimate News)
• A local zoning board delays a vote on a permit for an Atlantic Coast Pipeline storage yard in Virginia after intense opposition from residents. (Staunton News Leader)

TRANSMISSION: Echoing a similar fight in New Hampshire, opposition to a proposed transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts is becoming more organized in Maine. (Maine Public)

SOLAR:
• New Mexico regulators agree to fast-track approval of a utility’s plan to build two solar plants for a Facebook data center. (Albuquerque Journal)  
• Washington state is drafting rules prohibiting manufacturers from selling solar modules unless they provide a recycling option. (Forbes)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• General Motors will invest $28 million in its Michigan battery testing and development lab as the company plans more EVs. (Automotive News)
Nevada’s Senate race could benefit Tesla and other electric vehicle makers as both candidates pledge to offer incentives. (Bloomberg)

BIOGAS: A Missouri project to turn prairie plants into renewable natural gas could have broad benefits for farmers and the climate. (Energy News Network)

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CARBON: A report says electric heat and transportation will need to play a key role in Minnesota’s effort to decarbonize its economy by 2050. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY: The senior director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign says the Trump administration shouldn’t risk the lives and health of Americans to bail out the coal industry. (InsideSources.com)

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