Daily Digest

Virginia attorney general says state can regulate carbon emissions

CLIMATE: Virginia’s attorney general said the state can regulate greenhouse gas emissions, which could include setting a statewide cap for new and existing fossil fuel plants. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: 
• Atlanta-based Southern Co. will take over the building of two nuclear reactors at its Vogtle plant from bankrupt contractor Westinghouse. (Bloomberg)
• Owners of the Vogtle and Summer nuclear plants agree to cap Toshiba’s liability for the projects, as the company projects an $8.4 billion net loss for the fiscal year. (Reuters, Associated Press)
• Another $15.5 million in liens have been filed against Westinghouse for the Vogtle and Summer nuclear projects. (Aiken Standard)
• Public hearings are scheduled today for TVA’s interest in a site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for a pilot plant using small modular reactors. (Times Free Press)

PIPELINES:
• FERC announced its final environmental impact statements for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will be released in late July, three weeks later than expected. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
• Virginia’s gubernatorial candidates continue to focus on the Atlantic Coast pipeline project, this time at a forum at the University of Virginia on Saturday. (Daily Progress)

CLEAN ENERGY: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, has been designated as a Green Power Community by the EPA. (Oak Ridge Daily)

OIL: Black Elk Energy pleaded guilty to safety and environmental charges and will pay $4.2 million for a 2012 oil platform fire off Louisiana’s coast that killed three workers. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH:
• A lawsuit claims coal ash ponds at Dominion Energy’s Possum Point Power Station contaminated nearby drinking water wells. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
The Kentucky-based Charah company has asked to be allowed to continue disposing coal ash at a North Carolina site after it was ruled its environmental permits were improper. (Progressive Pulse)

UTILITIES: Entergy Mississippi will install advanced meters to help customers reduce energy consumption. (Daily Energy Insider)

EMISSIONS: North Carolina says the state’s air has become clean enough that only 22 of its 100 counties still have to conduct vehicle emissions testing. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Officials in a Tennessee county say they support TVA’s small nuclear reactor project. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• A newspaper editorial says that instead of supporting Sen. Marco Rubio’s proposed legislation, Florida lawmakers should extend the state’s drilling ban in the eastern gulf. (Tampa Bay Times)
Unless greenhouse gas emissions are dramatically reduced, Louisiana’s coast will disappear, but the state’s lawmakers “keep voting to drown” by opposing energy conservation efforts, a columnist says. (Times-Picayune)

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