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Time running out for EPA to impose fine for Kalamazoo River oil spill

PIPELINES: A fine against Enbridge for the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill could be the largest ever imposed under the Clean Water Act; the EPA has until Saturday to act. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
• A former president of the Iowa Farm Bureau is leading a group that backs a proposed oil pipeline through the state. (Radio Iowa)
• South Dakota regulators lay down the ground rules for an upcoming hearing on Keystone XL. (Rapid City Journal)

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MINNESOTA: A new program helps farmers and other rural businesses navigate available funding for clean energy and efficiency upgrades. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: Developers of a proposed Illinois wind farm say they’re still weighing options after the project was rejected by county officials. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

POLITICS:
• Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley defends extending tax breaks for renewable energy. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• The Senate energy committee produces a bill that addresses priorities for both Republicans and Democrats. (The Hill)

COAL ASH: The U.S. House passes a bill to roll back federal coal ash rules. (The Hill)

OIL AND GAS:
• The EPA is seeking to prevent drillers from sending wastewater to municipal treatment facilities. (Houston Chronicle)
• A North Dakota county is placing tougher restrictions on temporary worker housing. (Williston Herald)

OIL BY RAIL:
• Federal regulators warn railroads to comply with a requirement that they notify states of large oil shipments. (McClatchy)
• Inspectors find 1 in 5 railroad bridges passing over Minnesota roadways are in need of repair. (Minnesota Public Radio)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A lawsuit accuses the EPA of failing to investigate cases where pollution has disproportionately impacted communities of color in Michigan and four other states. (Courthouse News)

BIOFUELS: At an appearance in Iowa, three retired generals say maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard is key to national security. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY: How the Clean Power Plan can benefit Ohio’s economy. (NRDC Switchboard)

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