- “The Exxon Plant Near My House Caught Fire” •The Exxon plant here in Baton Rouge has caught fire. Even though officials say there wasn’t an explosion, several witnesses reported hearing one. I also heard what seemed like an explosion, and I live just about 5 miles away. They also say the fire is out and no one was hurt. [CleanTechnica]
- “Study Shows Air Pollution Can Cross State Lines, And With Deadly Consequences” • A study shows that air pollution can contribute to serious health issues hundreds of miles away. The study, published in the journal Nature, found that around half of the pollution-related early deaths in the US occur outside the borders of the state where the toxic air originated. [CNN]
- “New $1 Billion Mine Looks To Solar, Wind, Batteries For 80% Of Power Needs” • Australian mining company Oz Minerals plans to power its proposed $1 billion West Musgrave copper nickel mine with up to 80% renewables. A study shows the deposit has the potential to produce 28,000 tonnes of copper and 22,000 tonnes of nickel a year for 26 years. [RenewEconomy]
- “University Of Utah’s Electricity Fueled By Renewable Energy” • The University of Utah agreed to an energy deal to allow the school to get more than half of its electricity through renewables. The university finalized the purchase of geothermal energy with Cyrq Energy for 53.7% if its electricity supply. [Daily Herald]
- “Dueling Opinions On Clean Energy Jobs Act” • Illinois lawmakers could enact new legislation this spring that would put the state on a path to using 100% renewable energy by 2050, but just what the Clean Energy Jobs Act would mean for the state’s ratepayers remains unclear. Both the Senate and the House have their own bills. [Alton Daily News]
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