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N.C. GOP probe finds governor improperly influenced pipeline permits

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PIPELINES: Investigators hired by North Carolina Republicans find that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper “improperly used the authority and influence of his office” to approve Atlantic Coast Pipeline permits but did not personally benefit from them. (News & Observer)

• Gov. Roy Cooper dismissed the findings, which centered around his office’s approval of a $57.8 million environmental fund for the pipeline. (WCNC)
• Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who is running against Cooper next year, wants the FBI to investigate the fund and permit approvals. (Associated Press)

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• Two new solar farms in South Carolina will generate enough power for 30,000 homes and help fuel Google’s expanding data center. (Post and Courier)
• Facebook will buy power from a Virginia solar project expected to come online in 2020. (Solar Power World)
• Gulf Power finishes installing the first solar panels at a massive solar project in Florida. (WUWF)

• A Tennessee Valley Authority official says it will take nearly four years to decommission a coal-fired power plant in Alabama. (Times Daily)
• Dozens of North Carolina residents speak out against a power plant dumping wastewater into the ocean. (WWAY)

POLLUTION: Georgia, known for its business-friendly culture, begins to push back against polluting industries and environmentally hazardous sites like coal ash landfills. (Christian Science Monitor) 

NUCLEAR: Law enforcement officials in a Georgia county receive new radiation detection tools and training to respond to leaks at nuclear plants. (WTOC)

• Virginia regulators reject Dominion Energy’s request to increase its profit margin through small increases in ratepayer bills. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• South Carolina utility Santee Cooper finalizes a plan to avoid a possible sale, but the plan will remain secret until next year. (Post and Courier)

OIL & GAS: Federal regulators approve three controversial liquefied natural gas projects proposed in south Texas. (Texas Tribune)

COAL: West Virginia’s two U.S. senators urge lawmakers to pass a bill that would fund miners’s pensions and healthcare. (WV Metro News)

COMMENTARY: A writer criticizes Democrats like North Carolina’s governor who say they prioritize climate change but approve fossil fuel projects like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (The New Republic)

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