Daily Digest

How a little lab in West Virginia caught VW’s big cheat

VOLKSWAGEN EMISSIONS VIOLATIONS:
• Here is how scientists at West Virginia University caught VW hacking the EPA’s emissions test software. (National Public Radio)
• CEO Martin Winterkorn resigns(Associated Press)
VW dealers and owners say they’re betrayed by the emissions violations. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: Rising sea levels threaten NASA’s launch sites in Florida and Virginia. (Discovery)

SOLAR:
• Entergy Mississippi turns on its first pilot solar system. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
• Anticipation is building about a solar announcement to be made Monday by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. (Delmarva Now)
• A proposed zoning amendment in Gloucester County, Virginia would allow solar-energy facilities to be constructed in industrial and rural countryside districts without a special permit. (The Daily Press)

POLICY:
• Senate Democrats hope the sweeping clean power provisions in their energy bill will attract voters in the 2016 elections. (The New York Times)
• A provision in a House energy bill bars con­sid­er­a­tion of the “so­cial cost of car­bon” in en­vir­on­ment­al re­views and per­mit de­cisions. (National Journal)

FRACKING:
• Florida legislators file bills that would prevent communities from regulating fracking. (Orlando Weekly)
Many fracking firms that drove the oil and natural gas boom are struggling to survive. (The Wall Street Journal)

POPE’S U.S. VISIT: West Virginia’s U.S. senators say the papal visit won’t change conservatives’ minds about climate change. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OIL SPILLS: The National Science Foundation is granting almost half a million dollars to study how sunlight can speed up the degradation of the oil. (WWNO New Orleans Public Radio)

STREAM PROTECTION RULE: U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) testifies that the EPA’s proposal is a rule in search of a problem. (Independent Herald, West Virginia)

COAL ASH: North Carolina residents launch an alliance seeking safe solutions for disposing of coal ash. (WRAL-TV, Raleigh)

COAL:
• The number of operating coal mines has hit its lowest point on record, says EIA report. (Climate Central)
• Depending on future coal prices, Tampa-based TECO Energy may get no payment for selling its coal business. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Family, friends and colleagues gather in Alabama to commemorate 38 coal miners who have died on the job there since 2001. (Tuscaloosa News)

SOUTH CAROLINA: The state’s Port Authority has done very little to study how to minimize the emissions and other impacts cruise ships are having on Charleston’s historic district. (Southern Environmental Law Center)

2010 GULF OIL SPILL: A panel approves using $134 million provided by BP to help the Gulf of Mexico recover from the oil spill. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

COMMENTARY: What is it about transparency that top leaders of the Jacksonville Electric Authority don’t understand? Or refuse to understand? (Florida Time-Union)

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