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EPA will allow Georgia to regulate its own coal ash

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COAL ASH: The U.S. EPA will allow Georgia to develop and enforce its own coal ash regulations, making it the second state after Oklahoma to be able to do so. (WABE)

ALSO: Dominion Energy completes clean up of coal ash waste ponds at a power plant in South Carolina that caused pollution of the Wateree River. (The State)

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COAL: The U.S. Senate passes the Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019, which protects coal miners’ pensions and expands healthcare benefits. (WKYT)

SOLAR:
• A Florida senator files a bill that would allow schools to enter contracts with solar companies to produce power on-site. (Florida Politics)
• Kentucky regulators will hire a consultant to help evaluate customer solar rates based on each utility’s specific costs. (WFPL)
• A Texas town is getting solar-powered street lights to improve safety thanks to an idea from local students. (KGBT)
• Three solar projects will be developed to power all governmental operations in a small eastern Arkansas city. (Talk Business & Politics)
• An Arkansas electric cooperative expands into solar energy generation with a 1 MW project. (Magnolia Reporter)
• A solar cooperative enters contracts with a solar developer for two new projects in Georgia that will power Facebook’s data center. (Solar Power World)

STORAGE: More large-scale battery storage projects are coming to Texas to help support the state’s growing renewable portfolio. (Houston Chronicle) 

OIL & GAS:
• Texas’ oil and gas industry is largely responsible for doubling illegal air pollution in the state in 2018, according to an environmental group’s report. (Texas Observer)
• Congress’ federal spending deal could imperil an Appalachian fossil fuel storage project seeking a $1.9 billion federal loan guarantee, according to environmental advocates. (WVPB)

PIPELINES: The comment period closes this week for the MVP Southgate project, a gas pipeline that would cross sensitive waterways in North Carolina. (NC Policy Watch)

COMMENTARY: Georgia regulators have failed to protect ratepayers from fixed fees, a clean energy group says. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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