COAL ASH: More than 9 of 10 U.S. coal ash impoundments are contaminating groundwater in violation of federal rules, and at almost half of the locations, owners are refusing to take remedial action, according to a report by environmental groups. (Vxartnews)

• Environmental groups hope Americans who care about climate change will recognize the importance of next week’s midterms and vote, even as Democratic campaigns fail to tout their Inflation Reduction Act win. (Guardian)
• The world’s net-zero goals will require an “unrealistic” amount of land larger than the area of the U.S. if countries’ climate plans continue to rely on trees for carbon extraction, researchers find. (Grist)
• Few countries have followed through on promises to strengthen climate goals this year, according to an independent climate action tracker. (Washington Post)

• Biden administration has approved new oil and gas wells at a faster pace than under Trump, undermining its climate promises as well as Republican arguments that Democrats are stymying fossil fuel production. (Politico)
• Oil and gas companies ask the Biden administration to exempt hundreds of thousands of small U.S. wells from upcoming rules requiring drillers to find and plug methane leaks. (Reuters)

• The U.S. lacks a significant graphite or synthetic graphite supply chain, jeopardizing electric vehicle battery production that relies on it. (E&E News)
• Hyundai Mobis announces it will build an electric vehicle battery plant next to an existing Hyundai factory in Alabama. (

CARBON CAPTURE: Financial challenges plague a $1 billion carbon removal project as its founders’ valuations plummet and a consulting partner faces potential tax fraud and corruption charges. (E&E News)

WIND: Burlington’s International Airport takes a new type of wind power infrastructure for a spin on its parking garage’s roof, hosting an orb-shape turbine for a local utility’s pilot project. (WCAX)

GRID: New York City’s clean power goals will require large amounts of battery storage systems, creating a real estate battle between utilities and private developers over space to build the infrastructure. (New York Times)

• North Carolina regulators authorize Duke Energy to add 1,200 MW of solar capacity through power-purchase agreements. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• A Native American-operated Minnesota solar company aims to lower heating bills and emissions across tribal lands and beyond. (Sahan Journal)
An Arizona solar startup that develops photovoltaic panels that lie flat on the ground contracts for its first utility-scale project. (Renew Economy)

PIPELINES: State utility commissions and local courts are refereeing preliminary disputes between carbon pipeline developers and opponents over access to the names of landowners in the path of proposed projects. (E&E News)

HYDROPOWER: Xcel Energy drops plans to build an 800 MW pumped hydropower storage facility in western Colorado a day after federal regulators permitted a study of the project. (Colorado Sun)

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Kathryn brings her extensive editorial background to the Vxartnews team, where she oversees the early-morning production of ENN’s five email digest newsletters as well as distribution of ENN’s original journalism with other media outlets. From documenting chronic illness’ effect on college students to following the inner workings of Congress, Kathryn has built a broad experience in her more than five years working at major publications including The Week Magazine. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism and information management and technology from Syracuse University.