Obama rejects seismic testing off Atlantic Coast

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Activists and their attorneys cheer the Obama administration’s denial of applications for seismic testing off the Mid- and South Atlantic coastlines. (The Post and Courier)
• While it may be possible, President-elect Trump will find it difficult to reverse the bans on seismic testing and offshore drilling off the Atlantic Coast. (Newsweek)

COAL:
• The TVA’s spurning of Tennessee’s demand for ground water data is central to a federal trial over coal ash set to begin in February. (Nashville Public Radio)
• As its price tag rises above $7 billion, Southern Co. says its long-delayed, over-budget Kemper “clean coal” power plant in Mississippi will be fully operating by Jan.

Tennessee demands TVA turn over water data in coal ash pollution dispute

COAL ASH:
• Tennessee’s Attorney General demands the TVA hand over data showing the contamination of a river that feeds Nashville’s water supply. (The Tennessean, Southern Environmental Law Center)
• An environmental group urges a Georgia county to halt the expansion of coal ash disposal there. (WTOC)

MICROGRIDS: Two microgrid projects sprout in Virginia following a trail blazed by a dairy plant that was financially vulnerable to power outages. (Southeast Energy News)

POLICY: Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia praises President-elect Trump’s pick to run the EPA. (The Hill)

COAL:
• Watch to see what 30 years of mountaintop removal for mining coal looks like in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.

Court upholds limit on water pollution by coal operators

COAL: A federal appeals court upholds a ruling by a federal judge in West Virginia that coal operators must limit water pollution of streams. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

ALSO:
• The Stream Protection Rule is high on the list of regulations the Republican-controlled Congress is set to repeal. (The Hill)
• A rural power cooperative in Mississippi withdraws its 15% ownership in the Kemper “clean coal” plant which now is expected to begin operating by month’s end. (Mississippi Business Journal, WDAM)
• TechHire Eastern Kentucky helps a 40-year-old former miner find a new job. (WYMT)

COAL ASH: An environmental group cites a possible spill of ash into a river in North Carolina as the latest evidence Duke Energy needs strict oversight. (Charlotte Business Journal)

SOLAR:
• Virginia issues permits for two 20-megawatt solar farms. (Virginia Business)
• A county on North Carolina’s Outer Banks approves a 60-day moratorium on new solar farms. (The Outer Banks Voice)
• Bulk-purchasing co-ops launch in Sarasota and Alachua County, Florida.