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Senators say miners deserve more protections from toxic silica dust

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COAL: Six U.S. Senators call on federal regulators to implement new rules protecting miners from silica dust, which has contributed to an ongoing surge in black lung cases. (Ohio Valley ReSource)

• A 20-year-old is killed at a southern West Virginia mine, marking the sixth coal mining death this year. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
• West Virginia and Welsh companies will collaborate on a business to manufacture coal into hard carbon battery and supercapacitor cells. (WV News) 

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• Duke Energy Florida’s plan to build ten 75 MW solar plants in the next five years attracts support, but also criticism from a group that says the new projects would primarily benefit large corporations. (Spectrum Bay News 9)
• Maroon Solar withdraws its application for a 1,000-acre solar farm after a Virginia county planning commission recommends against it. (Inside NoVa/Culpeper Times)
• Dominion Energy signs an agreement to buy power from a 75 MW solar park in southwestern Virginia. (Solar Power World)
• A central Virginia county approves an 80 MW solar farm after two years of debate and public feedback. (Emporia Independent-Messenger)
• An eastern Tennessee utility board agrees to buy power from solar energy company Silicon Ranch. (Greeneville Sun)

• St. Petersburg, Florida, launches a free, self-driving electric shuttle that will operate 12 hours a day, five days a week through the winter. (WFLA)
• Florida regulators will consider Florida Power & Light’s plan to install more vehicle-charging stations. (WTVX)

COAL ASH: A judge hears arguments over whether Georgia Power can shift $525 million in coal ash cleanup costs to its ratepayers. (Georgia Recorder)

UTILITIES: Florida regulators consider asking state lawmakers to allow some testimony at public hearings to be made in secret to protect trade secrets and other proprietary information. (The Center Square Florida)

• A report forecasts continued consolidation in the oil and gas industry next year, with a reduction of up to half of onshore companies. (Beaumont Enterprise)
• Williams Companies makes a deal with the bankrupt Chesapeake Energy Corp. to shore up its natural gas assets in Oklahoma and elsewhere. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

NUCLEAR: A program director at Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory pitches 3D printing as a way to make commercial nuclear power more competitive with natural gas. (Oak Ridger)

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