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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)

SOLAR:
• 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)

COAL:
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)

COMMENTARY:
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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