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Duke Energy says charging customers for coal ash costs is like tire disposal

COAL ASH: The North Carolina Utilities Commission has started its hearings to decide whether Duke Energy will be allowed to charge consumers billions of dollars for the full cost of its coal ash cleanup. (Associated Press)

• Duke Energy says charging North Carolina consumers the full, multi-billion-dollar cost of cleaning up its coal ash is like tire stores charging customers an extra fee to dispose of tires. (Associated Press)
• A Duke Energy official said North Carolina’s 2014 coal ash legislation didn’t necessarily result from its ash spill in one of the state’s rivers, though one lawmaker says that assertion is “flat wrong.” (WRAL)

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• The EPA holds its first of two hearings today in West Virginia on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, with 220 speakers scheduled to speak. (Metro News)
Experts say the EPA’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan is unlikely to fuel a major resurgence in West Virginia’s troubled coal industry. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• An energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists and West Virginia native shares the testimony he will deliver in West Virginia at the EPA’s public hearings on the Clean Power Plan. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and some state lawmakers can’t agree on who should appraise the state-owned utility Santee Cooper, which McMaster wants to sell to pay back customers for its role in the failed Summer nuclear project. (The State)

NATURAL GAS: The South African company Sasol announced it is canceling its plans to develop a $15 billion gas-to-liquids plant in Louisiana. (Greater Baton Rouge Business Report)

PIPELINES: Lawyers for the Mountain Valley Pipeline project say if there are delays in the federal lawsuit to gain eminent domain access to more than 100 properties in West Virginia, the entire project could be set back by at least one year. (Metro News)

OIL: A Miami family’s proposal for an exploratory oil well in the Everglades was rejected again Monday by Florida regulators. (Sun Sentinel)

• The director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign says there doesn’t have to be a choice between healthy communities and good jobs because the Clean Power Plan creates a path for both. (The Hill)
• Virginia is suffering from an “appalling silence” over the environmental racism at the heart of the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. (Blue Virginia)
• West Virginia Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says the EPA’s public hearings this week in her state over the Clean Power Plan “demonstrate a positive change from the job-killing policies of the previous administration.” (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• An editorial says North Carolina consumers shouldn’t pay for Duke Energy’s coal ash cleanup, which would be forcing them to subsidize the utility company’s failures. (Capitol Broadcasting Company)

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