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Energy News Roundup: Michigan launching study of nuclear power options, clean energy jobs rebounding in Wisconsin
- by Kathy Johnson

Catch the latest in Great Lakes energy news in Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Mapping the Great Lakes: Where do you live?
- by Alex Hill

Thirty million people live within the Great Lakes Watershed, which make up roughly 10% of the US population and 30% of the Canadian population.

More from “Poisonous Ponds: Tackling Toxic Coal Ash”
- by GLN Editor

Keep up with more coal ash news from the “Poisonous Ponds: Tackling Toxic Coal Ash” project.

Mapping the Great Lakes: Underwater discoveries await
- by Alex Hill

Hundreds of shipwrecks have been mapped out but researchers believe more are out there.

BP reaches $2.75M deal over Indiana refinery pollution
- by The Associated Press

Oil titan BP reached a $2.75 million settlement over air pollution from its largest refinery after environmentalists complained of repeated emissions violations.

Coal ash 101: Everything you need to know about this toxic waste
- by Sruthi Gopalakrishnan

Here are the basics that will help you understand this looming threat.

The Catch: Coal ash regulation
- by GLN Editor

“The EPA has indicated that they’re going to take a more active approach going forward with the sites that are regulated under their current rules.”

A look back on Queen Elizabeth’s Great Lakes tour
- by GLN Editor

Following the news of her passing, local news organizations reported on the late queen’s special connection to the region.

Coal ash contaminating groundwater near Joliet to stay, despite residents’ and activists’ concerns
- by Sarah Aie

Lincoln Stone Quarry holds millions of tons of toxic coal ash. Despite evidence of groundwater contamination, its owner plans to leave the ash in place. But recent signs of federal enforcement may provide a glimmer of hope to residents and environmental groups.

Rising waters, sinking feeling: From the Great Lakes to the Ohio River, climate change puts coal ash impoundments at risk
- by Joshua Irvine

More frequent flooding multiplies the risk that coal ash will contaminate rivers, lakes and groundwater. Experts say the time to act is now.

Leaking landfills: Unregulated coal ash poses a buried, brewing threat to Lake Michigan and beyond, new lawsuit says
- by Diana Leane and Sarah Aie

As the EPA steps up enforcement of coal ash regulations, environmentalists demand action on historic coal ash not covered by those rules.