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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department has scrapped a rule aimed at ensuring that coal companies don't shortchange taxpayers on huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the West. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the repeal of the Obama-era rule "provides a clean slate to create workable regulations" to value coal and provide revenue to states, the federal government and Indian tribes. The repeal takes effect Sept. 6.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City police have beefed up their nighttime presence near an overcrowded homeless shelter as part of a wider effort to combat an uptick in crime in an area where three people have been killed in the last two weeks. The new police strategy came on the same weekend that Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams revealed that he spent two nights near a shelter in March to experience homelessness firsthand.
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — State utility regulators are poised to consider raising rates for people who have rooftop solar panels, a proposal that solar-panel companies say could deal a blow to their industry. The Spectrum reports Rocky Mountain Power argues that rooftop solar customers are not paying their fair share while being paid the full retail price for the solar power they produce.
DENVER (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it can't reconsider multimillion-dollar damage claims from the state of New Mexico and the Navajo Nation over a mine wastewater spill because both have sued the agency. The EPA said Monday the law prevents it from reconsidering claims from anyone who has filed suit. The Navajos sought $162 million and New Mexico $130 million.
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