** The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broke the law in approving agricultural weedkilling products sold by Bayer and two other chemical giants, ignoring clear evidence that the new herbicides would cause widespread damage to crops, a federal court ruled on Wednesday.
** The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released on Thursday a proposed overhaul of how major clean air rules are written by changing the cost-benefit analysis process, a move that would affect the stringency of future regulations.
** A Minnesota pollution regulator said on Wednesday it will hold a public hearing this summer on Enbridge Inc’s plan to replace its Line 3 oil pipeline, adding a potential three-month delay and pushing the bulk of construction to next year.
** Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey petitions state regulators to begin a study of the phase-out of natural gas to meet its climate goals.
** The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denies an appeal by the developer of the Mariner East pipeline of a lower court ruling that said a pump station permit was improperly issued.
** Six Murray Energy subsidiaries file mass layoff notices for 2,453 employees in West Virginia.
** General Motors is developing an electric van aimed at business users, joining a growing number of automakers looking to participate in electrified commercial fleets.
** Following the lead of the University of Iowa, Iowa State University is investigating the potential of private ownership of its utilities.
** The Fish and Wildlife Service determines that oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would not jeopardize the threatened polar bear.
** A federal judge grants a class certification of a New Mexico oilfield worker embroiled in an overtime lawsuit.
** Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon calls for more budget cuts, citing a 25% decrease in coal revenue and projected oil revenues that dropped more than 50% in three months.
** A writer in the New Republic says cutting funding for police departments and investing in communities instead can be good climate policy.
** A broad array of clean energy, trade and environmental groups are pressuring congressional leaders to provide $35 billion for a nonprofit clean energy jobs fund.