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Dominion Energy shuts down S.C. nuclear plant due to leak

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NUCLEAR: Dominion Energy closes the V.C. Summer nuclear reactor in South Carolina after finding a small leak in the plant’s coolant system. (Herald Sun)

PIPELINES:
• A Dominion Energy officials says the company is confident the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will be completed by 2021 despite many legal setbacks. (WV News)
• An advisor to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says the administration negotiated a $57.8 million mitigation fund with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s developer due to skepticism of its the economic benefits, not as a condition for  a water quality permit. (NC Policy Watch)

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COAL:
• A repurposed mine in Lynch, Kentucky, is one way coal communities in Appalachia are trying to revitalize towns as the coal industry declines. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• A nonprofit is working with forestry experts to rebuild forests on abandoned mine land throughout Appalachia. (Register Herald)

OIL & GAS: West Virginia oil and gas industry leaders discuss pipeline and other natural gas projects at an annual meeting in Morgantown, West Virginia. (WBOY)

SOLAR: Campbell County, Virginia, officials approve the area’s second solar farm, which developers say will provide enough energy to power 12,000 homes. (WSET)

EFFICIENCY: Conservation groups urge Florida utility regulators to improve energy efficiency standards in the state. (Public News Service)

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CLIMATE: At a climate conference in Georgia, activists and regulators try to figure out how best to talk about and act on climate change. (WABE)  

COMMENTARY:
• Sen. Mitch McConnell’s panic after Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin lost his election could help coal miners get healthcare and pensions, an editorial board says. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Billions more dollars are at risk as Georgia regulators weigh expansion of the over-budget, behind-schedule Plant Vogtle nuclear plant, an environmental group says. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• Florida regulators need to continue pressuring utilities to conserve energy after rejecting utilities’ goals, an editorial board says. (Tampa Bay Times)

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