Daily Digest

Virginia utility moves to quell mounting coal ash controversies

COAL ASH:
• Facing growing pressure, Dominion Virginia Power moves to close 11 coal ash ponds and treat wastewater before it’s disposed of in state rivers. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• A Virginia county and Dominion Virginia Power agree on a plan to manage wastewater ending its appeal against the utility. (The Washington Post)
Dominion courts state news media in a bid to explain its disposal of wastewater. (WTVR-TV)

ALSO:
North Carolina prepares to tell residents near Duke Energy coal ash ponds it is safe to drink water from public wells. (Triangle Business Journal)

COAL:
• A candidate for governor in West Virginia decries legislation that would weaken safety protections for miners. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources files for bankruptcy. (Kingsport Times-News)
Kentucky utilities retired 10% of the state’s coal-fired power plants in 2015, the most behind Georgia and Ohio. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

NUCLEAR:
• A petition filed by seven engineers at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission urges swift action to correct safety issues at reactors in South Carolina and Tennessee. (The News Courier)
Two reactors in Arkansas are close to a mandatory shutdown order by federal regulators. (Nuclear Street)
• Why any plan for a new reactor needs ratepayers bound to utilities in regulated wholesale power markets to succeed. (Climate Progress)

CLIMATE:
• Defense facilities throughout the U.S. now officially must acknowledge threats posed by climate change. (Greenwire)
Virginia Beach receives an $844,000 grant to finish analyzing local impacts of rising sea levels. (The Virginia-Pilot)

PIPELINES: The Virginia Supreme Court affirms the right to survey proposed routes without an owner’s permission. (The Roanoke Times)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Virginia wants a share of potential offshore drilling revenue. (The Virginian-Pilot)

SOLAR: A sustainability group in Louisville embarks on a push to develop rooftop solar projects. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

OIL & GAS:
• Kentucky orders a company to stop dumping radioactive waste from out-of-state drilling operations. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
• More than 300 environmental groups ask President Obama to back away from his plan to delay federal revenue sharing with states from Gulf drilling. (The Hill)

POLITICS: Charlotte philanthropist Jay Faison offers some details about his plan to persuade GOP lawmakers to back clean energy policies. (Charlotte Observer)

2010 BP OIL SPILL: Florida Sen. Bill Nelson wants the damage claims administrator to speed up processing. (McClatchy Newspapers)

UTILITIES: Louisiana-based Cleco Corp. asks regulators to revisit their rejection of its proposed sale to an investment group. (Baton Rouge Advocate)

COMMENTARY: Climate change needs to be a topic at the presidential debates. (Gainesville Sun)

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