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TVA coal ash contractor sued by lawyers for another 180 dead or dying workers

COAL ASH: Attorneys file a lawsuit against a TVA contractor on behalf of another 180 dead or dying laborers who were part of the cleanup effort after the nation’s largest coal ash spill in December 2008. (USA Today Network)

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• An analysis commissioned by South Carolina lawmakers shows South Carolina Electric & Gas could cut rates at least 13 percent without ruining the company. (Post and Courier)
• Newly released emails suggest lobbyists for South Carolina’s state-run Santee Cooper utility attempted to derail purchase offers and encouraged lawmakers to oppose a sale. (Post and Courier)
• A committee exploring whether to sell Jacksonville, Florida’s city-owned utility is stripped of its power to subpoena and put witnesses under oath days before it plans to question the utility’s chief executive. (Florida Times-Union)

• More than 70,000 people sign petitions asking Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to place stricter rules on the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines as they cross the state. (Associated Press)
• Virginia approved permits for the Mountain Valley Pipeline on the eve of a planned event by environmental groups, but a state spokeswoman said the timing was not connected. (Washington Post)  

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The city of Greenville, South Carolina, postpones a vote on whether to oppose offshore drilling. (Greenville News)

• A once thriving West Virginia coal town is now a “toxic wasteland where residents are afraid to drink the water and let their children play in their yards.” (ThinkProgress)
• Contaminated groundwater at Duke Energy’s Asheville coal plant in North Carolina is raising concerns. (Blue Ridge Public Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: In places like Peachtree, Georgia, electric golf carts and similar vehicles fulfill a useful purpose in the community. (The Drive)

• Duke Energy is looking to build its first solar project in Anderson County, South Carolina. (Anderson Independent Mail)
• A 79 MW solar project by Walmart is putting downward pressure on electricity rates in Alabama. (Boss)

POLITICS: Top officials in the U.S. Department of Interior worked with the office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott on a plan to remove the state from the Trump administration’s offshore drilling expansion plan. (ThinkProgress)

• Florida is already experiencing effects of climate change, but some experts say the state has time to adapt. (WLRN)
• Louisiana’s Avery Island, home of Tabasco, could eventually be lost due to rising sea levels from climate change. (The Guardian)

• It’s unclear how many jobs a fund associated with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in North Carolina would have created, but the broader point of a recent ad by the state’s Democratic Party is accurate. (Politifact)

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