Midwest Energy News

U.S. EPA settles air pollution lawsuit involving Illinois coal plants

COAL: Ohio shifts money from a coal mine reclamation fund at a time when the risk of unexpected closures is rising. (Midwest Energy News)

• Should aging coal plants be abandoned or subsidized? For owners, the answer depends on who’s paying, recent cases in Ohio and Indiana show. (E&E News)
• The U.S. EPA settles a nearly decade-long lawsuit alleging the owners of six former Illinois coal plants evaded clean air laws. (Chicago Tribune)

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OIL AND GAS: After five years and $93 million, a North Dakota farmer’s land is usable again following an oil spill. (Associated Press)

WIND: A company refuses to remove three wind turbines in northeast Iowa following a court order saying the turbines violate local zoning laws. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

• A Wisconsin appeals court sends a pipeline permit back to local officials to determine if Enbridge has proper insurance in place. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Activists say the Line 5 pipeline is conspicuously absent from the agenda of an annual conference hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce on Mackinac Island this week. (Detroit Free Press)
• Construction finishes up on a stretch of the Nexus gas pipeline through Sandusky County, Ohio. (Fremont News Messenger)

• A $300 million biofuel plant using waste wood as source material is planned in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. (Iron Mountain Daily News)
•Ethanol is being shipped out of the Port of Milwaukee, raising environmental concerns. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin officials continue to monitor the environmental impacts of a sludge spill from a frac sand mine but say there have been no impacts on fish. (La Crosse Tribune)

SOLAR: A southeastern Minnesota county considers plans for a 50 MW solar project. (Fillmore County Journal)

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NUCLEAR: A southeastern Michigan nuclear plant returns to full power following a transformer malfunction. (Toledo Blade)

COMMENTARY: An advocate says Minnesota’s new interconnection standards will lead to a more “transparent and effective” process for customers. (Utility Dive)

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