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West Virginia waives its Clean Water Act authority for pipeline project

PIPELINES: West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection has waived its legal authority to decide if the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would harm rivers and streams, following a similar decision last month for another proposed natural gas pipeline. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

ALSO:
• North Carolina regulators said Wednesday they will not issue an environmental permit related to air quality by Dec. 15 as expected for the already-delayed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (News and Observer) 
• Meanwhile, West Virginia environmental regulators announced two public hearings will be held on issuing a construction storm water permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Virginian-Pilot)
• Opponents of the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline gathered at the Louisiana governor’s mansion Wednesday, demanding the release of messages between state agencies and the companies behind the proposal. (Times-Picayune)
• Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company has filed a response to a proposed stay, saying environmental groups have failed to prove that its plans to abandon a 964-mile natural gas pipeline would cause harm. (Advocate-Messenger)

UTILITIES: Overshadowed by a debate over coal ash, Duke Energy is also seeking to increase its fixed charge in North Carolina, which some advocates say is already too high. (Southeast Energy News)

NUCLEAR:
South Carolina lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday that would stop SCANA and Santee Cooper from increasing customers’ bills to pay for the failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• SCANA and Santee Cooper missed out on $171 million when they sold a group of investors the right to collect billions from the company responsible for building the now-abandoned Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

SOLAR: South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and other Republican senators are urging President Trump not to impose tariffs on imported solar panels. (Washington Examiner)

POLICY: The Trump administration wants to bolster coal and nuclear energy to achieve “resiliency,” but government data shows power outages are caused by grid disruptions, not a lack of generation. (Bloomberg)

COAL: Coal executive Robert Murray says if the Senate version of tax reform is enacted, it would take away thousands of coal mining jobs. (CNN Money)

UTILITIES: The Securities and Exchange Commission has closed an investigation concerning costs and delays at Mississippi Power’s now-abandoned Kemper “clean coal” plant without recommending an enforcement action. (Power)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The 2018 Nissan LEAF is now being produced at an assembly plant in Tennessee. (Clean Technica)

HYDRO STORAGE: The House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced a bill on Wednesday that would streamline the licensing process FERC uses on closed-loop pumped storage projects. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

COMMENTARY: Two guest columnists say the multi-billion-dollar failure of the Summer nuclear project is also an opportunity for South Carolina lawmakers to ensure an affordable and reliable electricity sector into the future. (The State)

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