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Supreme Court decides EPA erred in toxic emissions rule

SUPREME COURT RULING:
• The Supreme Court ruled the EPA erred in issuing its mercury and air toxics regulations by failing to properly consider economic costs on coal-burning power plants. (The Washington Post)
• Some legal experts don’t expect the decision to hamper the White House’s plans for landmark climate regulations. (Politico)
• Drawing from ruling, the EPA’s Clean Power Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could face increased scrutiny from the Court. (Associated Press)
Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell contends the ruling backs up his advice to governors to ignore the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan regulations. (The Hill)

IMPACT OF RULING ON THE SOUTHEAST :
• The Court’s ruling is seen as having little immediate impact in North Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal)
Dominion Virginia Power is sticking to its plan to close coal-fueled generators at its Yorktown plant and continue trying to site a transmission line over the James River. (Daily Press)
• The Jacksonville, Florida utility was ready to comply with EPA’s mercury and air toxics regulations, but will continue with current mix of generation sources. (Associated Press)
West Virginia’s senators and governor applaud the ruling while some lawmakers call it a strong rebuke of Obama’s environmental agenda. (Wheeling News-Register)

SOLAR: From Florida to Louisiana, states are hashing out rules over the future of consumer-generated solar and third-party solar financing. (EnergyWire)

GOOGLE: Will the Internet giant power data centers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia with renewable energy as it plans to do in Alabama? (Benchmark Monitor)

UTILITIES: A year after its massive Dan River coal ash spill, Duke Energy’s board agrees to pay CEO Lynn Good up to $10.5 million in 2015 if her performance measures up. (Charlotte Business Journal)

COAL:
Kentucky-based Blackhawk Mining says it has reached an agreement to acquire six coal complexes and certain reserves in southern West Virginia from bankrupt Patriot Coal.  (The Charleston Gazette)
• While coal-fired power plants close elsewhere, more are opening in Arkansas, complicating the state’s compliance with the Clean Power Plan. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

NORTH CAROLINA: The state Supreme Court hears arguments today to decide who selects members of the state’s coal ash commission,  the governor or the General Assembly. (Greensboro News & Record)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A waste-to-energy plant has begun generating power for the grid at the Palm Beach Renewable Energy Park in Florida. (Charlotte Business Journal)

NATURAL GAS:
• Cheniere Energy has received federal approval to expand its Cameron Parish, Louisiana liquefied natural gas export facility. (Houston Chronicle)
• The Florida-based, compressed natural gas supplier, Nopetro has attracted a significant investment from a co-founder of natural gas innovator Chesapeake Energy. (South Florida Business Journal)

2010 GULF OIL SPILL: The Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from BP and Anadarko Petroleum over their violations of the Clean Water Act. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Despite reports to the contrary by many media outlets, the Supreme Court did not “strike down” the EPA’s regulations of toxic air pollution from power plants. (ThinkProgress)
• The Supreme Court “did not question or overturn the substance” of the EPA’s mercury and air toxics emissions rule – opinion. (Southern Environmental Law Center blog)
• What the Pope’s climate encyclical means for Memphis – opinion. (The Daily News)
•Despite the Pope’s encyclical, climate change deserves more of a debate – opinion. (Sun Herald, Gulfport, Mississippi)
Denial is not an option in confronting climate change – opinion. (Albany Herald, Georgia)

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