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Met coal resurgence to have limited impact in Appalachia

COAL: Two recently opened and highly touted metallurgic coal mines in Pennsylvania and West Virginia are not an indication of what’s to come for Kentucky. (WKMS)

COAL ASH:
• As utility groups challenge EPA coal ash rules, activists worry about the implications for long-term monitoring of landfills. (Southeast Energy News)
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The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for public comment on coal ash storage at a plant in Kentucky. (news release)

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NUCLEAR:
• The head of Georgia Power says new agreements with Westinghouse and Toshiba will allow work at its Vogtle nuclear expansion project to continue. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
• Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is ceremonially signing a bill on Wednesday that lifts the state’s nuclear moratorium. (WKMS)

NATURAL GAS:
West Virginia lawmakers introduced two bills on Monday related to natural gas storage in Appalachia. (Metro News)
• Siemens Energy is building a new, advanced gas combustion turbine for a proposed expansion at a Duke Energy plant in South Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal)

PIPELINES: As the Sabal Trail pipeline begins operations, an opposition group is calling for an overhaul of FERC at the U.S. Congressional level. (Palm Beach Post)

CLIMATE: Lawmakers introduced legislation on Monday to keep President Trump from receiving federally subsidized flood insurance, as warnings that climate change could cause some of his properties in Florida to be underwater in the future. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
• An industry-backed “phony grassroots group” is pushing for pipeline construction in Virginia. (Washington Post)
• Utilities in North Carolina seem to want to hobble a federal law that is important to North Carolina’s solar industry. (Think Progress)
• A climate scientist says Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s actions to reduce carbon pollution “is the type of bold action that states can and must take in the wake of the Trump Administration’s retreat.” (Roanoke Times)
The president of the Appalachian Trail Club says the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline is “dangerous, unnecessary, unwanted.” (Roanoke Times)

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