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Louisiana sees losing 2,800 square miles of land to rising sea levels

CLIMATE: The latest draft of Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan predicts as many as 2,800 square miles of land loss over the next 40 years even with existing projects to mitigate rising sea levels. (KATC)

ALSO:
New transparency rules for property sales along south Florida’s Atlantic coast grow awareness of threats posed by rising sea levels. (Financial Times)
• A new study suggests coastal Carolina officials are unwilling to prepare for rising sea levels. (WUNC Public Radio)

NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. Roy Cooper taps a regional director for the Environmental Defense Fund to head the state’s Dept. of Environmental Quality. (Associated Press)

POLICY: How would Rick Perry run the Department of Energy? (Utility Dive)

FRACKING: Kentucky finalizes a $95 million fine for a company that illegally disposed of radioactive fracking waste. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The Virginia Automobile Dealers Association appeals a recent state decision to authorize a second Tesla retail store in the state, earmarked for Richmond. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

COAL:
• With hopes of saving $11 million, a South Carolina utility abandons plans to excavate and remove polluted coal tar from a river. (The State)
Local governments in West Virginia gird for more funding cuts due to lowered tax rates designed to sustain mining operations. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

SOLAR: California-based Cypress Creek Renewables completes its purchase of Asheville, North Carolina’s FLS Energy. (Charlotte Business Journal)

PIPELINES: A newly-formed environmental group plots a protest against a new oil pipeline through Lousiana’s wetlands. (Shreveport Times)

NUCLEAR: A Florida Keys agency asks federal regulators to deny Florida Power & Light’s request for two new reactors at its Turkey Point plant. (KeysNews.com)

COMMENTARY:
Is Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountain range becoming a “pipeline alley? (Roanoke Times)
• The head of the National Mining Association makes a case for repealing a just-passed rule to protect streams from coal mining. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• If 400 MW of new solar makes sense for Dominion Virginia Power, why not 15,000 MW? (Power for the People VA blog)
Clean coal is the ultimate oxymoron and too costly. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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