Daily Digest

EPA asks VW to make electric vehicles in Tennessee

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: To help overcome its emissions-cheating scandal, the EPA reportedly is asking Volkswagen to make EVs at its Chattanooga plant. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

SOLAR:
• North Carolina started 2016 with more solar energy in advanced development than any other state, including California. (SNL Energy)
• From high in the air, a new solar system at Disney World is shaped like the head of Mickey Mouse. (Mashable)

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FRACKING:
• A Florida Senate committee is set to consider a controversial bill that would prohibit local controls over hydraulic fracturing. (Jacksonville Business Journal)
• The battle over fracking in Florida intensifies. (New York Times)
• The Coast Guard drops a plan to permit barges to carry fracking wastewater on U.S. rivers. (WDRB Louisville)

CLIMATE: A Duke University report finds avoiding a 2-degree Celsius temperature increase could prevent up to 175,000 premature, pollution-related, deaths in the U.S. by 2030. (Duke Today)

NUCLEAR:
• A law firm files a class-action suit against two Florida utilities alleging unlawful rates to fund their nuclear projects; the utilities quickly push back. (Charlotte Observer, Associated Press)
• A private group tries to jump start a research center in Virginia. (Lynchburg News & Advance)

COAL ASH:
Duke Energy’s draining water from a coal ash basin in North Carolina is seen as a “good step” toward protecting a community’s water supply. (WilmingtonBiz.com)
• A draft plan by the TVA would leave coal ash indefinitely in unlined pits along Tennessee waterways. (Southern Environmental Law Center)

COAL:
• State and federal agencies say the proposed sale of certain mines owned by Alpha Natural Resources would leave the company unable to meet environmental obligations(SNL Energy)

PIPELINES: Environmental groups propose a “climate test” to measure pipelines’ impacts on global warming. (Climate Progress)

ACADEMIA: A new environmental law center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is funded by Duke Energy. (INDY Week)

OIL & GAS: Low prices are expected to suppress interest in Gulf leasing drilling tracts when they are auctioned March 23. (Associated Press)

LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS: The first export of LNG from a terminal on the Louisiana-Texas border heads for Brazil. (Acadiana Business)

2010 BP OIL SPILL: Oil and the dispersants to break it up might have affected the genetic balance of corals in the Gulf. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

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COMMENTARY:
• An editorial calls for a tax on carbon to help mitigate the impacts of rising sea levels. (Tampa Bay Times)
• A new partnership between the Environmental Defense Fund and rural electric cooperatives in North Carolina aims to reduce poverty. (Environmental Defense Fund)
• As this year’s Virginia’s General Assembly passes the midway point, the outlook for legislation enabling a commercial market succumbs to opposition from Dominion Virginia Power. (Power for the People VA blog)
• Bills poised for approval in Florida’s legislature are too friendly to fracking companies trying to gain a leg up over local controls. (Sun Sentinel)
• Here’s a list of solar bills that have died in Virginia’s General Assembly. (The Energy Collective)
• A county commissioner in North Carolina champions a local surge in rooftop solar. (Raleigh News & Observer)

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