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Lawsuit targeting Alabama coal ash opponents is dropped

COAL ASH: The owners of an Alabama landfill withdraw a $30 million lawsuit targeting neighboring residents who opposed dumping coal ash there; the ACLU had called the suit an example of “systematic racial and environmental injustice.” (AL.com, InsideClimate News)

ALSO: 
• Duke University researchers find elevated levels of an element found in coal ash in fish from three North Carolina lakes. (Herald-Sun)
• Developers of a proposed North Carolina coal ash facility withdraw their plans and reject claims that the location was chosen because it was in a minority neighborhood. (Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald)

COAL: A federal investigation finds West Virginia officials have repeatedly failed to enforce environmental rules. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

SOLAR:
• A new report finds there are twice as many jobs in the solar industry than in coal, with Florida and North Carolina among leaders in new job creation. (Vox, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Raleigh News & Observer)
• A Florida senate committee advances a bill to implement tax breaks for solar approved by voters under Amendment 4. (Florida Politics)
• Atlanta-based UPS plans a five-fold increase in the amount of solar energy generated at its facilities. (Atlanta Business Journal)
• An event today will mark the completion of a solar project on Georgia property owned by former President Jimmy Carter. (Associated Press)
• Officials in a Tennessee county advance a 6.3 MW solar farm. (Johnson City Free Press)
Expanded use of solar and electric vehicles are part of Nashville’s plan to become the “greenest city in the Southeast.” (Nashville Public Radio)

PIPELINES: A Virginia group files a lawsuit targeting a compressor station on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Kallanish Energy)

OIL: Mississippi’s state senate approves a bill creating a special fund to ensure BP spill settlement money is spent specifically on Gulf Coast projects. (Mississippi Today)

UTILITIES:
• State regulators approve a $318 million rate increase for a Florida utility to pay for damages from Hurricane Matthew. (Orlando Weekly)
• Kentucky regulators criticize a rural co-op for nepotism; four employees are related to the company’s CEO. (WKU)

COMMENTARY: A conservative case for climate action. (New York Times)

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