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New lawsuit filed over 2008 TVA coal ash spill

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COAL ASH: A Roane County, Tennessee, woman files a class-action lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority and a contractor, alleging that TVA concealed leaks of toxic chemicals during the 2008 coal ash spill. (WVLT)

NUCLEAR:
• Nuclear power plants, particularly in Southeast states, are at risk of climate change effects like hurricanes and flooding, a researcher says. (S&P Global)
• A leaking pipe at the V.C Summer nuclear power plant in South Carolina is posing “little to no safety significance’’ according to nuclear regulators. (Charlotte Observer)

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GRID: Texas electricity customers could save nearly $5.5 billion over the next decade by using distributed energy resources like solar, energy storage and electric vehicles. (Houston Chronicle)

SOLAR:
• Alabama regulators will hold a public hearing this week on Alabama Power’s monthly fee for residential solar customers, which is opposed by solar groups. (Solar Power World)
• Powhatan County, Virginia, officials approve permits for two new solar projects. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Solar farms are an increasingly popular use for rural lands throughout Virginia. (Virginia Gazette)

RENEWABLES: Bipartisan legislators from North Carolina and South Carolina say the two states should work together on renewable energy. (News & Record)

PIPELINES:
• San Antonio, Texas, officials draft a resolution opposing future pipeline projects in Texas Hill Country and ask state lawmakers to give landowners and communities more input. (Houston Chronicle)
• A utility finds that Georgetown, Texas, had 99 gas pipeline leaks from January to June 2019. (CBS Austin)

OIL & GAS:
• Dominion Energy wants to add up to 1,500 MW of peak capacity, which environmental groups say will lead to more natural gas plants. (Utility Dive)
• Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico explore the idea of allowing oil companies to dispose of their wastewater in waterways. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES: A Duke Energy executive says the company wants to work with North Carolina on regulatory reform. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

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COAL: Coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his family file a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit by retired miners and their union for unpaid healthcare expenses. (WV Metro News)

COMMENTARY:
• South Carolina utility Santee Cooper should not be responsible for paying for Dominion-owned SCE&G’s failed nuclear plant, an editorial board says. (Post and Courier)
• Congress should keep solar tax credits, which can help South Carolina grow its solar industry, an editorial board writes. (Post and Courier)
• Virginia needs to increase the amount of power purchase agreements allotted for solar projects, the director of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission says. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• By getting rid of a solar program for customers, TVA fails to prioritize renewable energy, an environmental group says. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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