Natural gas plant in North Carolina triggers constitutional challenge

NATURAL GAS: Environmental advocacy group NC WARN challenges the constitutionality of a North Carolina law over a proposed gas plant. (Raleigh News & Observer)

• A solar installer in Florida says he’ll have to lay off his entire 10-person staff if voters approve Amendment 1 on Nov. 8. (WBBH)
• The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers endorses the utility-backed solar Amendment 1 on Florida’s ballot. (Florida Politics)
• Florida Power & Light says it is moving a 50-kilowatt solar canopy at a community center out of the city of Venice. (Herald-Tribune)

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• A lawyer for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline asks the West Virginia Supreme Court to overturn a lower court order that blocked it from surveying landowners’ property without their permission. (Associated Press)
• An environmental law firm files a motion with federal regulators to reject the latest route proposed through Virginia for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Southern Environmental Law Center)

FRACKING: In West Virginia, a new report says 8 percent of all K-12 students and 10 percent of nursing homes are within one mile of fracking operations. (ThinkProgress)

COAL: A local TV station was the first to spot a break in a bern flooding a cooling pond at Duke Energy’s Lee power plant. (Charlotte Business Journal)

CLIMATE: Coastal Louisiana stakeholders are shopping a map projecting rising sea levels and what they mean for their future. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

NUCLEAR: Westinghouse says it is finishing improvements mandated by federal regulators at its nuclear fuel plant in South Carolina. (The State)

TRANSPORTATION: Atlanta-based UPS says it’s adding 200 hybrid delivery trucks to its fleet and will deploy them in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and other states. (Manufacturing.net)

Al Gore isn’t sharing some inconvenient truths about the potential rate impact on non-solar residences if Amendment 1 fails. (FloridaWatchdog.org)
• If voters in Florida want a free market for solar there, they should reject Amendment 1 on Nov. 8. (The Ledger)

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