Southeast Energy News

More sickened coal ash cleanup workers sue TVA contractor

COAL ASH: Tennessee Valley Authority contractor Jacobs Engineering faces another lawsuit on behalf of 119 coal ash cleanup workers who say they were exposed to toxins a decade ago while cleaning up the nation’s largest coal ash spill. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

ALSO: Alabama Power is fined $250,000 after groundwater tests at one of its coal ash ponds showed high levels of arsenic and radium. (AL.com)

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WIND: Developers scrap plans to build two wind energy projects in Oklahoma, including one that was halted because of concerns it would interfere with low-level military training air routes. (Oklahoman)

RENEWABLES: Kentucky could generate all the carbon-free electricity it needs to power the state, say researchers at a Louisville renewable lab. (WFPL)

SOLAR: An Arkansas county is building a 400 kW solar array at a jail that county officials say will help offset costs. (Arkansas Business)

NUCLEAR: Georgia’s Plant Vogtle nuclear project is an additional month behind schedule and billions over budget, but costs have plateaued. (Georgia Public Broadcasting)

OVERSIGHT:
• Under the Trump administration, the EPA is delegating more public health and environmental regulation to states. (Associated Press)
• Several utility regulators in the Southeast vie to be president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• States like Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana crack down on environmental activists by enacting harsher penalties for pipeline protesters. (Sierra Magazine)
• Energy company Carlyle is in talks with pipeline firms to sell and jointly operate a Texas crude oil pipeline. (Reuters)

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OIL & GAS:
• The Permian Basin oil rig count dips, leading the U.S count to hit its lowest number since March 2018. (Houston Chronicle)
• Retired oil rigs off the coast of California could be used as artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. (The Conversation)

COMMENTARY: Gubernatorial candidate Adam Edelen brings hope for clean energy in Kentucky, a writer says. (Courier Journal)

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