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Court rejects pipeline approval, cites climate change concerns

PIPELINES: A federal appellate court rejected the approval of a natural gas pipeline on Tuesday, saying that FERC must give an estimate of greenhouse gas emissions that would result from burning natural gas delivered by proposed pipeline projects to Florida. (The Hill)

ALSO:
• Meanwhile, Tuesday’s ruling sets a legal precedent should the Atlantic Coast Pipeline be approved. (Progressive Pulse)
• Opposition groups protested the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines on Tuesday in Richmond. (WTVR)
• Florida residents near a construction site of the Sabal Trail Pipeline have complained of smells, but the company said it is from a tank containing a chemical odorant added to natural gas, and there was no gas leak. (Gainsville Sun)

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NUCLEAR:
• SCANA executives testified at Tuesday’s South Carolina state senate hearing that there was never a reputable system of checks and balances on the construction of the failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• Officials involved with the failed Summer nuclear project told South Carolina senators on Tuesday that saving the project would require a new partner to pay at least $3 billion. (Charlotte Business Journal)

COAL:
• Residents of Appalachia want the Trump administration to restart the study of how surface mining can impact health, with one saying, “Science isn’t going to hurt us. What we don’t know very well could.” (Lexington Herald Leader)
• An analysis says Murray Energy’s failure to shift policy in regards to the Trump administration’s use of an emergency order to protect coal plants raises questions about the limits of business leaders to circumvent government bureaucracy. (Politico)

UTILITIES: Regulators and Mississippi Power don’t agree on how much money the company should get for the functioning portion of its Kemper power plant, which would affect customers’ rates. (Clarion-Ledger)

POLITICS: A group backed by a climate change activist plans to spend $2 million to help the campaign of Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam. (Associated Press)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A special study committee of South Carolina legislators discussed on Tuesday whether the state should ban oil drilling off its coast. (The State)

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