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After Trump Tariff, Local and Regional Stories Abound on Solar

New White House tariffs on solar imports may put the brakes on the solar installation boom in the United States. That means numerous local and regional stories are waiting to be told. This week's TipSheet has plenty of ideas for coverage, plus resources to track solar activity in your locale.

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Foxconn Wants 7 Million Gallons A Day From Lake Michigan, DNR Says

"The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says it will decide in about 90 days on a request to pump 7 million gallons a day from Lake Michigan as part of a proposed Foxconn manufacturing complex state leaders have pushed as a major job creator."

Source: Madison State Journal, 01/30/2018

Trump USFS Downgrades Review Of Obama Mining Ban Near Minn. Wilderness

"The Trump administration will curtail a detailed review of how cordoning off 230,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land in Minnesota from mining development will affect a neighboring wilderness area, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post."

Source: Washington Post, 01/26/2018

"Wisconsin Tribe Files Lawsuit Over Mine Permitting On Sacred Land"

"The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin today filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency claiming the agencies have failed to take 'primary responsibility' for wetland permitting on a controversial proposed open pit mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula."

Source: EHN, 01/23/2018

"Judge Rejects Change To Minnesota’s Wild Rice Water Standard"

"An administrative law judge has rejected an attempt by regulators to change Minnesota’s water quality standard for protecting wild rice, saying the proposal violates federal and state law and puts an unfair burden on Native Americans who harvest wild rice for food."

Source: AP, 01/12/2018

2018 Elections Could Be Game-Changer for Environment, Energy

The 2018 elections may prove highly consequential for environment and energy policy, possibly slowing or even reversing the Trump-GOP deregulatory agenda. The latest Issue Backgrounder helps reporters frame the choices voters face, including environmental justice and offshore drilling.

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Court Cases with Trump Agencies Will Make News in 2018

The battle over environment and energy issues may ultimately come down to U.S. courts, where, unlike Congress and White House, the GOP doesn't hold sway ... yet. This week's TipSheet looks at a dozen major legal issues making news in 2018, like wetlands protection, and offers story ideas and resources to cover them.

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