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Congress works to remove tax credit deadline for nuclear plants

NUCLEAR: U.S. House lawmakers approved legislation on Tuesday that removes a tax credit deadline and could save hundreds of millions of dollars for the struggling Vogtle and Summer nuclear projects. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

ALSO: Researchers are starting an program in Georgia to monitor for possible contamination from two nearby nuclear facilities. (WABE)

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PIPELINES: Reporters question why a Virginia agency waited nearly seven weeks to correct what it later called an error in public perception of its handling of water-quality certifications for pipelines. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

COAL:
• After being legally barred because of their emissions, two of Dominion Energy Virginia’s coal-burning units are temporarily running again to provide electricity during “critical situations” this summer. (Daily Press)
An accident on Monday at a coal mine near Birmingham, Alabama, has killed one person. (Associated Press)

 

OIL & GAS:
• A jury concluded on Monday that Southwestern Energy Co. and three of its subsidiaries did not skim payments to landowners in Arkansas who signed contracts with the company for natural gas drilling in the Fayetteville Shale. (Democrat Gazette)
• A Republican lawmaker in Virginia who wants to open the state’s coast to offshore has introduced a bill to reverse Obama’s ban and also bar future presidents from trying to block offshore drilling. (WVTF)
• Oil traders in the U.S. Gulf are preparing for supply disruptions as a developing tropical storm threatens to hit refining and production centers this week. (Reuters)
• Researchers from Louisiana State University say the state’s oil industry should rebound in the coming years, while its natural gas will continue driving billions in investment. (Greater Baton Rouge Business Report)

SOLAR:
South Miami commissioners voted on Tuesday to hold off on a measure requiring new homes there to have solar panels. (Miami Herald)
Georgia-based Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch Corp. will partner to build four solar projects, which will power more than 35,000 households annually in South Georgia. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

BIODIESEL: Advocates from across the country, including states in the Southeast, asked Congress on Tuesday to bring back the biodiesel tax incentive. (Biodisel Magazine)

COAL ASH: A Georgia lawmaker will hold a town hall meeting to address concerns over coal ash ponds at a closed Georgia Power plant. (Union Recorder)

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