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In South Carolina, toxic waste dump could become solar site

COAL ASH: The North Carolina legislature reforms a coal ash oversight commission despite a threatened veto by Gov. Pat McCrory. (Southeast Energy News)

ALSO: Could a lawsuit over North Carolina’s coal ash bill prove fatal to other citizen commissions? (Southeast Energy News)

• An old toxic waste dump in South Carolina could host a large solar farm in part to defray the dump’s maintenance costs. (The State)
• Groups launch a PR campaign urging support of a pro-solar amendment on Florida’s August primary ballot. (Florida Politics blog)

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WIND: An offshore system set for Rhode Island’s coast could reshape power markets in South Florida and elsewhere in the Southeast. (Scientific American)

Georgia and Kentucky are among the states hardest hit by closures of coal-fired power plants. (POWER Magazine)
• The head of Murray Energy prepares to challenge the EPA’s stream protection rule. (West Virginia Metro News)
• The owner of a Tennessee coal trucking company pleads guilty to federal mine safety violations. (WCYB)

NATURAL GAS: Cheniere Energy Partners completes the first train for transporting liquefied natural gas to its export terminal in Louisiana. (Platts)

PIPELINES: Native American artifacts are discovered along the path of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. (Roanoke Times)

NUCLEAR: New reactors gain support in some quarters as needed zero-carbon energy sources. (New York Times)

EFFICIENCY: Pitt Community College in North Carolina forges a partnership to build a high-tech, energy-efficient, “smart home” for disabled adults. (Greenville Daily Reflector)

CLIMATE: The EPA grants a Kentucky educational association $91,000 to increase climate literacy in the state. (WKYU Public Radio)

EDUCATION: Students in Virginia create a hydrogen-fueled model car and test it at a competition at the Florida Solar Energy Center. (Southwest Virginia Today)

South Carolina could become a model for solar in the Southeast. (Southeast Energy News)
• Passage by North Carolina lawmakers of a bill to revive a coal ash commission is a bailout for Duke Energy. (Southern Environmental Law Center)
• Watch how Duke Energy calls on friends in high places to deploy fracked gas and handle coal ash its way. (Facing South blog)
• Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe needs to listen a lot more carefully to citizens’ concerned about the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. (Roanoke Times)

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