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Scientists say EPA failing on fine particle pollution

POLLUTION: A group of science advisors dismissed by President Trump says national limits on fine particles of air pollution from cars, power plants, and other sources aren’t strong enough to protect people. (The Guardian) 

ALSO: An environmental group says the U.S. EPA is putting thousands of lives at risk by rolling back Obama-era mercury pollution rules. (E&E News, subscription)

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• New York’s attorney general is accusing Exxon Mobil of lying to investors about climate risks in a lawsuit set to go to trial today. (Associated Press)
• Exxon Mobil continues to fund organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that reject the reality and seriousness of climate science. (Truthout)
• A string of lawsuits is about to give a real-life test to new science that can link weather events to emissions and the companies responsible for them. (Politico)
In a potential watershed moment, an oil company agrees to pay a settlement of up to $100 million for Louisiana coastal restoration. (Lafayette Daily Advertiser)
Colorado officials say activists and policymakers missed good news about cancer risks in a recent health risk study. (Denver Business Journal, subscription)

Utility bill surcharges introduced in New Jersey a decade ago to fund infrastructure improvements have become pervasive and add millions to customers’ bills to pay for operations formerly included in ordinary rates. (ProPublica)
San Jose, California, the largest city served by PG&E, wants to turn the utility into the nation’s biggest electric and gas cooperative and seeks to line up support for the plan. (The Hill via Wall Street Journal)

Green Mountain Power in Vermont wants to expand its home battery storage pilot program and make it permanent. (Energy News Network)
• A Spanish renewable developer acquires 3 gigawatts of solar and 1 gigawatt of storage projects under development by a Nebraska company. (Greentech Media)

• Indiana farmers increasingly turn to solar power as a new “crop” to generate revenue. (Indiana Public Media)
• Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen launches a firm that lets companies offset carbon impacts by funding solar panels in communities. (Associated Press)
Developers complete the first floating solar array in New Jersey, the project will power a town’s municipal facilities. (Solar Industry)
• A new study by a national real estate website finds that having solar installed in a median-valued Hawaii home can increase its value by 4%. (Pacific Business Journal)

MICROGRIDS: Pittsburgh International Airport unveils plans to develop its own microgrid and become energy self-sufficient by 2021. (Airport-Technology)

• After a speech in South Carolina, Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) says local decision making is critical for nuclear waste storage and policy. (Aiken Standard)
Leaders of 20 sovereign pueblo nations in New Mexico oppose plans to store tons of spent nuclear fuel from power plants in the southwest desert. (Associated Press)

OFFSHORE WIND: A Massachusetts budget amendment creates a state office to study how offshore wind interacts with fisheries and marine mammals. (SouthcoastToday)

TRANSMISSION: Federal regulators will study the risks of coordinated cybersecurity attacks on widely distributed energy assets on the electric grid. (PV Magazine)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: As the world’s garbage piles up, controversy continues over waste-to-energy, a term that covers several technologies. (Ensia)

• Former coal executive and convicted felon Don Blankenship says he’ll seek the Constitution Party’s presidential nomination next year. (WYMT)
Coal executive Bob Murray takes aim at the natural gas industry at a FERC meeting and calls on states to save coal plants. (E&E News, subscription)

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Supporters of a referendum on nuclear and coal plant bailouts in Ohio fail to submit the necessary petition signatures to place the question on the ballot, instead hoping a judge will grant them more time. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Michigan lawmakers hope reintroducing “energy freedom” bills one at a time will help them overcome utility opposition. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY: As New York’s lawsuit against Exxon Mobil goes to trial, the director of the Rockefeller Family Fund says the lawsuit and others like it are an important step for society to hold a lethal and deceitful industry accountable. (New York Times)

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