Southeast Energy News

Six environmental groups sue EPA over coal ash rule

COAL ASH: Six environmental groups file a lawsuit against the U.S. EPA over a rule that gives states more authority over coal ash management. (Utility Dive)

ALSO:
• A North Carolina community learns that 40,000 tons of coal ash sitting just below the surface near a school was recently exposed by rains. (WSOC-TV)
• The environmental harm caused by coal ash spills during Hurricane Florence will require sample collectors to literally dig deeper. (Coastal Review Online)
• In a trial against a contractor hired to clean up the 2008 TVA Kingston coal ash spill, a scientist says he was told toxic coal ash was safe enough to eat and that respiratory protection wasn’t needed. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

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PIPELINES:
• Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents call on FERC to order a stop to all construction after the the Army Corp revokes water permits. (Roanoke Times)
• FERC approves Dominion Energy’s request to proceed with Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction in parts of West Virginia. (Reuters)

HYDROPOWER: President Trump signs a bill by a Virginia congressman to expedite permitting for closed-loop hydropower plants. (Roanoke Times)

RENEWABLES: NextEra’s clean energy ambitions continue to grow as the nation’s largest wind and solar developer pushes deeper into storage. (PV Magazine)

SOLAR:
• A Virginia solar company is expected to complete construction of the largest solar farm in the Washington, D.C. region by 2020. (Prince William Times)
• Georgia Tech researchers help develop a new material and manufacturing process that could make solar heat-to-electricity more efficient. (news release)

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OIL & GAS:
• A new 1 million barrel a day crude oil pipeline from West Texas to Brownsville receives funding to be built. (Houston Chronicle)
• The Texas businessman known as “Frack Master” admits to fraud, tax evasion and money laundering, federal authorities say. (Dallas Morning News)

POLITICS:
• A Florida ballot amendment would ban offshore drilling near the state’s coast — and also vaping in workplaces. (WFTS)
• Candidates for Alabama’s Public Service Commission respond to questions about their policies and beliefs. (Montgomery Advertiser)

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