Southeast Energy News

Radiologists: Repeal Kentucky’s black lung law

COAL: A radiology organization asks Kentucky to repeal a new law that blocks radiologists from diagnosing black lung disease for insurance claims, limiting workers to seeing just half a dozen specialists in the state. (WVIK)

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NUCLEAR: Santee Cooper executives secretly fretted for years that SCANA was incapable of overseeing South Carolina’s failed Summer nuclear project, internal records show. (Post and Courier​)

EMISSIONS: Arkansas regulators are working to replace an Obama-era plan to reduce emissions from coal plants, a new court filing shows. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• Georgia is finalizing new rules to require more thorough environmental review and stricter public disclosures for building gasoline and oil pipelines. (Savannah Morning News)
• U.S. Forest Service officials close an access road in West Virginia, making it impossible to deliver supplies to a Mountain Valley Pipeline protester who is living in tree; meanwhile, landowners continue their opposition to the project. (WVTF, WV Metro News)
• Construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is scheduled to begin soon in eastern North Carolina as opponents continue to fight the project. (Fayetteville Observer)

SOLAR:
• Microsoft’s plan to purchase a significant amount of solar energy from Virginia may be a small part of a massive solar energy expansion in the state. (Virginian-Pilot)
• Metro Atlanta added 500 new jobs in the solar industry in 2017 despite a nationwide drop, according to a new report. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• North Carolina-based Strata Solar will install the largest solar farm in Washington state. (Associated Press)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke acknowledges widespread opposition to expanding offshore oil and gas exploration, saying only two East Coast governors, including Georgia’s, have expressed support. (Mercury News)

UTILITIES:
• The CEO of JEA resigns as the city of Jacksonville, Florida, wrangles with selling the utility to private operators. (Florida Times-Union)
• A look at the contentious relationship between the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Tennessee Valley Authority. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

OVERSIGHT:
• Two South Carolina utility regulators won’t return when their terms expire this summer, as the state continues to address the multi-billion Summer nuclear project failure. (Post and Courier)
• Opposition to embattled EPA head Scott Pruitt grows, with a Republican U.S. Senator from Louisiana calling him a “chucklehead.” (Fox News)

POLITICS: Some Republicans worry convicted ex-CEO of Massey Energy Don Blankenship’s rise in popularity will cost the party its West Virginia Senate seat. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
• Duke Energy has the financial resources and expertise to be part of the clean energy solution — and should take action to do so, says the president of Conservatives for Clean Energy. (WRAL)
• Kentucky lawmakers should follow South Carolina’s lead in expanding solar energy and let an anti-net metering bill die, says an editorial board. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• We should all care about the Mountain Valley Pipeline project because if it can happen in Virginia, it can happen everywhere, says a columnist. (Blue Virginia)

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