Daily Digest

Emails show Duke Energy edited scientific reports on coal ash

COAL ASH: Emails and other documents show officials at Duke Energy edited reports related to the impact of coal ash ponds on groundwater, though Duke says inaccurate conclusions are being made. (WBTV)

PIPELINES:
• The Norfolk City Council must decide whether to grant easements for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross drinking-water reservoirs that are in its proposed route. (Virginian-Pilot)
• West Virginia regulators defend waiving the state’s option to tailor its own requirements within a federal permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Metro News)
• Virginia Governor-elect Ralph Northam’s transition team leader has ties to a company behind the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, which was a significant issue in the election. (DeSmog Blog)

FRACKING: Officials in a Virginia county unanimously voted to ban fracking there, citing environmental concerns. (Free Lance-Star)

CLIMATE: Three North Carolina teens are petitioning the state’s regulatory bodies to adopt a rule to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases over the next three decades. (News & Observer)

COAL: A Kentucky coal-mining company has pulled out of a $510 million deal that would have allowed Murray Energy Group and others to take it over. (Wall Street Journal)

NUCLEAR: Dominion Energy said it will seek a 20-year renewal of its license to operate its North Anna nuclear power plant in Virginia. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

NATURAL GAS: The FBI is looking into the city of Tallahassee’s abandoned project to build its own Compressed Natural Gas fueling station as part of an ongoing investigation into possible public corruption. (Tallahassee Democrat)

SOLAR:
• Several Tennessee organizations have formed an umbrella group to prompt the TVA to adopt policies that allow more solar installations. (pv magazine)
A Virginia-based charity and other groups are working to bring solar power to hurricane-ravaged areas of the Caribbean in a venture called Solar Saves Lives. (Associated Press)

BIOMASS: Arkansas’s first industrial wood pellet mill is operating and demand is growing, but advocates question the environmental impact. (KUAR)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Energy and businesses leaders say Mississippi could get a boost from the Trump administration’s plan to hold the largest lease sale ever in Gulf waters. (Meridian Star)

COMMENTARY:
• Four guest columnists and business leaders in Virginia support the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and say the review process should conclude so it can be built. (Roanoke Times)
• A retired Air Force general says imposing tariffs on imported solar energy panels “would be a grave mistake — one that would hurt our national security, cost veterans their jobs and increase power bills for everyday Americans.” (Washington Post)
A columnist disagrees with Georgia Power’s CEO, who has said the utility company is not at fault for the long delays and cost overruns at the Vogtle nuclear project. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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