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Safety concerns linger following Wisconsin refinery explosion

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OIL & GAS: U.S. lawmakers ask a federal safety board to hold public hearings in Minnesota and Wisconsin over safety concerns about a refinery explosion this year. (Minnesota Public Radio)

ALSO: The U.S. EPA for years hasn’t inspected hydrogen fluoride, a dangerous chemical used to make gasoline, stored at refineries in Wisconsin and Minnesota. (KSTP)

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POLITICS: Most Midwest states have contested races for governor this year, which could reshape clean energy policy in the region. (InsideClimate News)

• A Chicago company looks to build a 300 MW solar project in southwestern Ohio, which would be the largest in the state. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Nearly 30 solar project proposals await approval in a northern Illinois county. (DeKalb Daily Chronicle)
• Rooftop and community solar will be key components to Cleveland’s goal of 100 percent renewables by 2050. (PV Magazine)
• A solar company proposes to build a project for a southern Wisconsin village and sell the power back at a reduced cost. (Cambridge News & Deerfield Independent)
• A tribal community in northeastern Nebraska plans to double its solar capacity with arrays in nine additional locations. (KCAU)

BIOFUELS: President Trump’s promise to deliver a new policy friendly to ethanol producers leaves the EPA administrator to broker a “politically risky deal with the oil industry.” (E&E News, subscription)

• Environmental groups award a Missouri utility for its plan to develop 600 MW of wind energy. (Joplin Globe)
• Some northern Missouri residents raise health concerns over wind development, though science doesn’t support the claims. (KMBC, The Atlantic)

RENEWABLES: Dane County, Wisconsin, aims to be a national leader in transitioning to renewable energy. (Madison Magazine)

EFFICIENCY: A Sioux Falls low-income apartment building is the first in South Dakota to meet international Passive House standards. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

FRAC SAND: One of Wisconsin’s largest frac sand producers scales back production due to a drop in demand. (La Crosse Tribune)

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TRANSPORTATION: A former senior policy adviser at the U.S. EPA testifies against the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back fuel economy standards at a hearing near Detroit. (Michigan Radio)

COMMENTARY: An environmental advocate and member of Michigan’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Board says building a tunnel for Line 5 is “fool’s gold.” (Detroit Free Press)

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