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Climate change gets a hearing in coal country

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Dozens of testifiers at the EPA’s lone hearing on the Clean Power Plan, held in West Virginia, warn of the dangers of disregarding climate change. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• Health groups and environmentalists criticized the Trump administration’s proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, and a retired miner with black lung disease told the EPA “We’re dying, literally dying, for you to help us.” (Associated Press, Huffington Post)
West Virginia’s attorney general opened the first of two days of EPA hearings on the Clean Power Plan, saying it is “disastrous and unlawful,” as he continues working to permanently end climate regulation. (Washington Examiner, Think Progress)
• The director of the Climate & Clean Air program shares the testimony he delivered in West Virginia at the EPA’s public hearings on the Clean Power Plan. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
West Virginia’s Sierra Club held a panel discussion at the University of Charleston on Tuesday in opposition of the repeal of the Clean Power Plan while the EPA conducted its public hearing nearby. (Register-Herald)

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CLIMATE POLICY: Virginia faces obstacles, including possible court and legislative challenges, before the state could join a regional carbon emissions trading network. (Southeast Energy News)

COAL ASH: During rate hearings in which Duke Energy is seeking approval to charge customers for the full cost of its coal ash cleanup, attorneys say the utility knew about coal ash issues in 1980s, but didn’t take action. (WRAL)

NUCLEAR: A federal lawsuit that asserts Florida Power & Light violated the Clean Water Act by discharging contaminated water at its Turkey Point nuclear plant will go to trial after a judge recently denied the utility’s request to dismiss the case. (Palm Beach Post)

UTILITIES: All four of President Trump’s nominees to the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority emphasized the importance of clean energy during Senate subcommittee hearings. (Nashville Public Radio)

POLITICS: Dominion Energy and others dedicated significant resources in a “campaign to elect a pipeline” during this year’s election season, even though both major candidates for governor in Virginia supported the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. (Washington Post)

POWER PLANTS: A look at how FERC chairman Neil Chatterjee is pushing a proposal to bail out failing coal and nuclear plants. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR:
A Florida utility heard on Tuesday from members of a solar co-op who oppose recent changes to how the company will reimburse rooftop solar customers for excess power. (WJCT)
Florida Power & Light and Audubon Florida are planning their first solar sanctuary near Gainesville that will generate power while protecting wetlands and gopher tortoise habitats. (Gainesville Sun)

COMMENTARY:
• A guest columnist explains how the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline would negatively affect homes and businesses in Virginia, including land surrounding his family-owned inn which the pipeline would cross in three places. (News Leader)
• As Duke Energy seeks approval to charge customers the full cost of its coal ash cleanup, “this is more evidence that coal was never as good a deal as advertised,” says an editorial board. (News & Record)

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