POLLUTION: A federal court upholds the EPA's mercury and air toxics rule, which is expected to save $90 billion a year in health costs. (Greenwire)

ALSO: University of Minnesota researchers find minority communities are disproportionately exposed to pollution from car exhaust and other sources. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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CLIMATE: The EPA finds U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 10 percent since 2005. (The Hill)

COAL: An Illinois county approves a road project related to a controversial coal mine, and a Michigan power plant has to import coal by truck because of ice on the Great Lakes. (Carbondale Southern, Platts)

FRACKING: Oil and gas companies worry about Ohio's plan for seismic monitoring at drilling sites, and a truck driver is charged with a felony for dumping drilling wastewater in North Dakota. (Columbus Business First, Bismarck Tribune)

OIL: People who live along rail lines seek greater transparency about hazardous materials shipped by train. (New York Times)

IOWA: Two large Iowa utilities say there is more than 36 MW of customer-owned generation capacity in the state, and a congressman tours a farm-based solar installation. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, Newton Daily News)

MICHIGAN: In a video interview, Michigan Public Service Commissioner Greg White says the state's renewable energy standard “has been successful ... even more so than we anticipated.” (E&E TV)

SOLAR: A Wisconsin community solar project sells all its shares. (Renewable Energy World)

GRID: Ameren Illinois says its grid upgrades will save customers $57 million per year, consumer groups are skeptical of the figure. (Decatur Herald-Review)

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ETHANOL: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says the EPA will likely scale back changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY: An Ohio state senator draws heat for comparing clean energy to the Bataan Death March, and how many jobs does fracking really create? (Sierra Club, National Journal)

Ken is the director of the Vxartnews at Fresh Energy, and has led the project from its inception as Midwest Energy News in 2009. 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 held a variety of editing, production, and leadership roles, and played a key role in the newspaper's transition to digital-first publishing. 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.

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