• North Carolina’s governor abruptly disbands a state coal ash oversight committee, and state officials are sending letters statewide stating that water near coal ash pits is safe to drink. (Raleigh News & Observer, Associated Press)
• Operators of a Georgia landfill apologize for not informing the public about plans to accept 10,000 tons of coal ash per day. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

• Kentucky’s state Senate approves a bill eliminating state inspections of coal mines. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• The White House announces $65.8 million in economic revitalization funds for Appalachian coal communities. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• West Virginia lawmakers approve a bill allowing utilities to recover costs for coal plant upgrades without making a rate case. (Platts)
• A new Tennessee coal mining museum recalls “the good ole days when everybody had a job.” (The Oakridger)

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• A West Virginia county updates its ban on fracking wastewater to protect it from legal challenges. (Register-Herald)
• The Department of Labor says oil and gas workers in West Virginia and Ohio may be owed $1.5 million in back pay. (The Intelligencer / Wheeling News Register)

• Federal regulators schedule a meeting with the Tennessee Valley Authority to discuss concerns the utility may be discouraging employees at a nuclear plant from reporting safety concerns. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• The TVA is taking suggestions from the public on what to do with an abandoned Alabama nuclear plant that was never completed. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

GRID: A North Carolina company will install its first grid-scale battery storage facility – an 8 MW project in Delaware. (Charlotte Business Journal)

BLANKENSHIP TRIAL: Federal prosecutors say they oppose former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s request for a sentencing delay. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

SOLAR: An Athens, Georgia solar initiative extends its deadline for applications. (Athens Banner-Herald)

NATURAL GAS: Virginia regulators approve a utility’s ongoing work to modernize natural gas infrastructure. (WVEC)

CLIMATE: A former Guardian editor talks about climate change coverage at an Alabama university: “Have we actually done justice to what is probably the biggest story in the world?” (Anniston Star)

• A South Carolina brewery uses a solar canopy to make beer and provide shade for its customers. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• A leader of the Young Conservatives for Energy Reform discusses clean energy’s increasing importance for Republicans. (Yale E360)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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