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Toshiba getting out of nuclear plant business after Vogtle losses

NUCLEAR: Toshiba is reportedly withdrawing from the nuclear construction business after suffering major losses on the Plant Vogtle project in Georgia; advocates say work should be halted on two Florida reactors the company is slated to build. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Palm Beach Post)

COAL ASH:
• The TVA sees a coal ash trial starting this week as an opportunity to clear up “misinformation.” (Nashville Public Radio)
• A county NAACP chapter joins the opposition to a proposed North Carolina coal ash site. (Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald)

COAL:
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice sends a letter to state employees urging them to “never show nor accept favoritism” when dealing with companies he owns. (West Virginia Public Radio)
• Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell leads the effort to overturn a federal stream protection rule as his state formally joins a lawsuit challenging it. (WAVE, The Gleaner)
Polluted tap water is part of the legacy of coal mining in a Kentucky county. (West Virginia Public Radio)
• A start-up technology company in rural Kentucky is helping create new opportunities for out-of-work coal miners. (Forbes)

CLIMATE:
• A new study finds a significant increase in carbon capture investment will be needed to meet global climate goals. (InsideClimate News)
• Miami Beach embarks on a $100 million project to adapt to sea level rise. (Miami Herald)

OIL AND GAS:
• A new bill to ban fracking in Florida draws bipartisan support. (InsideClimate News)
• Donald Trump’s plan to pay for infrastructure using fossil fuel revenue requires a series of implausible events, including a significant increase in the price of oil. (InsideClimate News)

SOLAR:
• A solar developer sues Duke Energy, saying the utility unlawfully refused to enter agreements with large solar projects. (Triad Business Journal)
• A new nonprofit loan program will help Virginia small businesses invest in solar. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• A South Carolina town imposes a 60-day moratorium on new solar applications amid concerns about two large-scale projects. (Salisbury Post)
• Former President Jimmy Carter issues a statement in support of solar power following the completion of a 1.3 MW project on land he owns in Georgia. (Solar Industry Magazine)

UTILITIES:
• A Louisiana utility is spending $58 million to update aging natural gas infrastructure. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
• An aluminum smelter sues South Carolina’s state utility, saying it was required to buy electricity at above-market prices. (Associated Press)

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