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Alabama regulators approve plans for massive wood pellet plant

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BIOMASS: Alabama environmental regulators approve plans for Enviva to build a $175 million wood pellet plant that could eventually produce more than 1 million tons per year for use in power plants in Europe and Asia. (AL.com)

PIPELINES:
• A reporter travels the 600-mile route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which has united a diverse community of activists determined to halt its progress. (Grist, bioGraphic)
• A Texas construction company is no longer working on the Mountain Valley Pipeline after developers cancel its contract. (Beckley Register-Herald)
• The Rover Pipeline’s request for a 50% average reduction to tax assessments could mean less money for schools counting on revenue. (Daily-Record)

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SOLAR: A solar project at 10 Richmond, Virginia, schools — which will provide nearly a quarter of their power — is getting closer to being completed. (WWBT-TV)

EMISSIONS: Two environmental groups sue the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, alleging it is releasing too much air pollution from a coal plant in violation of a federal permit. (News & Observer)

WIND: Critics say Dominion Energy’s plan to build an offshore wind project off the coast of Virginia could be costly for customers if the company is not required to compete for the right to build. (WVTF)

NUCLEAR:
• Nuclear regulators are trying to transfer the license for an Alabama nuclear plant a year after the Tennessee Valley Authority tried to terminate the sale because the buyer didn’t have a nuclear license. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• Federal regulators fine TVA $145,000 for submitting incomplete and inaccurate information on a backup system at a Tennessee nuclear plant. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL ASH: Coal ash is leaking from a western Kentucky landfill into the Green River near its confluence with the Ohio. (WFPL)

OIL & GAS:
• The Ohio River Valley faces decisions about whether to invest in renewable energy or in the shale gas and plastics boom. (Environmental Health News)
• Environmentalists say a new liquefied natural gas export terminal in Louisiana could harm a marsh bird that will likely be put on the endangered species list. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
• A South Carolina representative says state regulators’ decision to lower the rate utilities pay for solar protects monopolies and harms ratepayers. (Bluffton Today)
• Alabama regulators need to eliminate Alabama Power’s solar fee to give customers the freedom of solar choice, an activist writes. (Montgomery Advertiser)

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