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EPA concludes public hearing in West Virginia

PIPELINES: North Carolina has requested more information about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, this time asking the developers to substantiate economic development claims and address whether the pipeline will be extended into South Carolina. (Southeast Energy News)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The EPA on Wednesday wrapped up its two-day public hearing in West Virginia on the Clean Power Plan, with many coal advocates voicing support of the proposed repeal as well as miners who suffer from black lung disease who are in favor of the plan. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph, WTOP)

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SOLAR:
• A solar energy advocacy group has outlined its plan to install commercial solar systems in an effort to help boost the economy in southwest Virginia. (Southeast Energy News)
• The Arkansas Public Service Commission will begin hearing testimony today on energy policy that could help determine the fate of solar power in the state. (Arkansas Business)
Meanwhile, the Arkansas Public Policy Panel is asking that clean energy advocates be heard by the state’s Public Service Commission as it considers a request from electric utilities to reduce benefits to solar power users. (Arkansas Times)
The city of Atlanta is investing in solar-powered recycling bins. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

NATURAL GAS: The U.S. Supreme Court rejected landowners’ request to review a ruling by West Virginia’s highest court that allows natural gas companies to deduct post-production costs from the royalties paid landowners for mineral rights. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled its final hearing in December for Florida Power & Light’s request to build two new nuclear reactors more than eight years after the utility submitted its application. (Palm Beach Post)

UTILITIES: Regulatory hearings scheduled for next week may not set final rates for Mississippi Power’s $7.5 billion power plant after all. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE:
• Moody’s credit rating agency is warning coastal communities across the United States, including in Texas, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi, which are among those most at risk, to prepare for climate change or possibly lose access to cheap credit. (Bloomberg)
• Scientists say rising sea levels threaten to destroy tens of thousands of historical sites along the Atlantic coast. (Forbes)

COAL: An employee at a West Virginia coal mining company died Tuesday, though the cause is yet to be determined. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A group of Chinese investors has filed a lawsuit against Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe over his past work for a troubled electric car manufacturer. (WRIC)

POLITICS: Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who was released from prison seven months ago for his role in coal mine safety violations that led to the deaths of 29 miners in 2010, is planning to run for U.S. Senate in West Virginia. (ABC News)

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