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Southeastern coal ash sites face increased scrutiny

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COAL ASH: Testing reveals that coal ash is contaminating groundwater in Roane County, Tennessee at TVA’s Kingston facility. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

ALSO:
• Scientists study the effects of coal ash on children living near a coal-fired power plant in Louisville, Kentucky. (LEO)
• The debate continues over whether Dominion Energy should bury or haul away its coal ash. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Environmental groups in a new report claim Georgia Power’s coal ash ponds are contaminating groundwater supplies. (Rome News-Tribune)

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PIPELINES: Dominion Energy lashes out at environmental groups for linking its long-term energy plan, which was rejected by state regulators, with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Fairfax County, Virginia officials seek to remove legal barriers that prevent them from installing solar projects on landfills. (Energy News Network)
• Spotsylvania, Virginia officials vote to repeal local tax exemptions for large solar projects. (Free Lance-Star)
• Virginia students are building an “eco bus” that will run on vegetable oil and solar power. (Virginian Pilot)
• Gulf Power harnesses solar energy with three projects in northwest Florida. (My Panhandle)
• A Texas solar farm, once touted as one of the biggest in the country, may finally be completed after nearly a decade-long wait. (KVUE)
• Duke Energy prepares to offer $12.4 million in solar rebates beginning in 2019. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

WIND: A Texas company acquires a 238 MW wind project in the state that is supposed to be completed by next summer. (Renewables Now)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Southern Company executive says the grid is prepared for the influx of electric vehicles expected by 2050. (Utility Dive)

COAL: A Kentucky doctor helped draw attention to the increasing number of black lung disease cases among younger miners in Appalachia. (The Guardian)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says he doesn’t plan to join environmental groups and cities in a lawsuit over offshore drilling, but adds that “nothing is off the table.” (Greenville News)

OIL & GAS: Environmental crews respond to a large oil well leak in Oklahoma City. (Oklahoman)

CLIMATE CHANGE: Florida environmental groups call on Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis to take action on climate change and move toward renewable energy. (WMFE)

COMMENTARY: Florida lawmakers have taken the lead on cutting carbon emissions in lieu of climate action at the federal level, an editorial board says. (Miami Herald)

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