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Coal ash spills’ toll unknown as flooding continues at power plant

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COAL ASH: The Cape Fear River in North Carolina continues to to flood coal ash sites at Duke Energy’s Sutton power plant, and the full extent of its environmental and public health impact is unknown. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR:
• The Energy Department says it would demand quick repayment of nearly $6 billion in federal loans if owners cancel the Vogtle nuclear plant expansion. (Associated Press)
• A federal appeals court denies a request by SCE&G to stop temporary rate cuts for customers paying for a failed nuclear plant. (Associated Press)

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SOLAR: About a third of Duke Energy’s 3,000 MW of solar capacity went down during Hurricane Florence, and nearly 600 MW are still out of service. (Bloomberg)

OIL AND GAS:
• Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tells oil and gas industry leaders that “our government should work for you.” (Vox)
• No agency tracks natural gas explosions in Texas, but dozens have occurred since 2006, an investigation shows. (Dallas Morning News)
• West Virginia lags other states in using natural gas for energy generation, a consultant for an oil and gas group says. (WV News)

COAL:
• The Trump administration’s top regulator for mine safety says his agency plans to use technology to reduce mining fatalities and injuries, but doesn’t mention black lung disease. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• Coal is losing ground in Arkansas as utilities turn to natural gas, solar, and wind. (Arkansas Business Online)
• Peabody Energy agrees to purchase the Shoal Creek metallurgical coal mine in Alabama for $400 million. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
• Fishermen and environmental advocates say the Bayou Bridge Pipeline that will cut through Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin threatens wildlife, economy, and waterways. (Huffington Post)
• A state appeals court is reviewing a judge’s order that Louisiana regulators reconsider a permit for part of Bayou Bridge pipeline construction. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES: The head of the Arkansas Electric Cooperative says energy efficiency is helping reduce the need for power plants. (Talk Business & Politics)

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GRID: The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $400 million in projects to improve electricity service in rural areas, including in Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. (Smart Cities Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• Utilities are are planning for future electricity needs and looking to low-carbon energy sources despite the Trump administration’s push for coal, says a Union of Concerned Scientists fellow. (UCS blog)
• Hurricane Florence flooding is among countless other coal ash incidents for Duke Energy, yet its practices continue with little change, an environmental advocate argues. (Charlotte Observer)

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