COAL ASH: A former coal plant in western New York owned by a cryptocurrency operation still has 2 million tons of toxic ash on site, and neighbors want answers about how it will be cleaned up. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit urging the EPA to close a loophole exempting inactive coal ash landfills from 2015 cleanup rules. (Energy News Network)

COAL: A Baltimore official seeks to shut down operations at a coal terminal that was the site of a 2021 explosion. (CBS Baltimore)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: New Jersey files lawsuits over pollution at multiple sites in overburdened communities, including from coal ash and petroleum. (

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania faces numerous obstacles in its effort to plug thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells, despite a recent infusion of federal funds. (Bay Journal)

CLIMATE: Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture secures a $7.85 million federal grant to help farmers fight climate change. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

• Grid-connected electric school buses in Beverly, Massachusetts provided more than 7 MWh of backup power during times of peak demand this summer. (news release)
• Three Maine school districts apply for grants for electric buses, despite some officials’ concerns about whether the buses are suitable for long rural routes. (Sun Journal)
• Efficiency Maine announces funding to help install charging stations in rural areas. (Sun Journal)
• Hoboken, New Jersey, receives state grants for an electric garbage truck and shuttle bus. (ROI-NJ)

• Boston Mayor Michelle Wu explains her support for free public transportation on a national podcast. (
Taxi drivers push back on a New York City congestion pricing plan, as public hearings on the proposal begin today. (The City, NJ Spotlight)

UTILITIES: A civic group plans to sue Con Edison for dumping wastewater from a power plant into an estuary sanctuary. (ABC News)

SOLAR: A Pennsylvania military veteran hopes new federal tax credits will enable him to make his home completely self-powered. (New Castle News)

WIND: A Long Island research center is becoming a national hub for offshore wind innovation. (Newsday)

• A transit advocate says New York’s congestion pricing plan is critical to ensure that drivers pay their fair share for traffic impacts. (City Limits)
• Advocates outline how the new federal climate law will help expand renewable energy in New York. (Gotham Gazette)

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Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.