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Official blasts Virginia’s approval of coal ash water disposal into rivers

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COAL ASH:
• Regulators approve Dominion Virginia Power’s releasing water tainted by coal ash into the James and Potomac Rivers. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• The chair of a Virginia county government labels Dominion Virginia Power a “horrible corporate citizen” and the state water regulator “toothless.” (Prince William Today)
• The Sierra Club files an intent to sue the TVA over water contamination from coal ash stored along the Cumberland River. (Southern Environmental Law Center)
• The TVA sets public hearings about ash disposal at two power plants. (WAAY-TV)
• Duke Energy demonstrates to media the progress it’s making disposing of the coal ash from the site that spoiled the Dan River in 2014. (Greensboro News & Record)

CLIMATE: Asheville, North Carolina looks to build on a trove of federal data at the National Centers for Environmental Information to become a hub for climate research and development. (Public News Service)

SOLAR:
• Solar companies in North Carolina face the reality of a market without a renewable energy tax credit. (Citizen Times)
• A bulk-purchasing co-op in Virginia has helped more than 270 property owners go solar. (Community Idea Stations)
• The size of a solar farm planned in North Carolina is dividing a community. (WNCT)
• A maker of high-efficiency solar panels in North Carolina raises more than $41 million. (Triangle Business Journal)
• The first of four K-12 schools in Virginia activates a solar teaching tool. (WVIR-TV)

LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS: A technical glitch delays the first export of natural gas from a terminal in Louisiana. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL: The Republican majority in the West Virginia legislature has few options to aid the state’s embattled coal industry. (SNL)

PIPELINES:
• Only governments would have the power to condemn private land for pipelines under a bill introduced in Kentucky. (WDRB)
• A new group emerges in Virginia to fight the proposed route for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Nelson County Times)

POWER GRIDS: The coordinator of power transmission networks for parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi prepares changes to accommodate energy storage. (RTO Insider)

NUCLEAR:
• Georgia Power’s CEO makes the industry’s case for a renaissance in new plant construction. (Augusta Chronicle)
• A company tries again to repeal a ban on mining uranium in Virginia. (WVIR-TV)

CONSERVATION: A South Carolina company is supplying bikes for Auburn University’s new bike-sharing program. (Opelika-Auburn News)

POLICY: A lawmaker wants to declare Kentucky a “sanctuary” from regulations from the EPA. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• A carbon trading program could yield rewards for Virginia. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
Seismic testing is critical to informed decisions about oil and gas potential off North Carolina’s coast. (Coastal Review Online)
• The EPA may be satisfied, but many Floridians still have major issues with the planned Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline. (Orlando Sentinel)

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