Southeast Energy News

TVA to clean up 12 million tons of coal ash in Tennessee

COAL ASH: The Tennessee Valley Authority in a settlement with state regulators agrees to dig up 12 million tons of coal ash stored in unlined pits at a Tennessee power plant. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

COAL: A Kentucky county plans to sue a coal company once run by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to collect $670,000 in overdue taxes. (Lexington Herald Leader)

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SOLAR:
• Environmental groups plan to rally in Tampa to demand a Florida utility convert part of a coal-fired power plant to solar instead of gas. (WMNF)
• The Florida Supreme Court rejects a challenge to Florida Power & Light’s plan to recover solar project costs by charging ratepayers. (CBS Miami)

WIND: A new version of a bill restricting wind energy projects near military bases passes the North Carolina Senate, but another rewrite is expected soon. (Coastal Review Online)

NUCLEAR:
• South Carolina officials ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider a lower court’s decision about rules related to storage, processing and removal of nuclear fuel at the Savannah River site. (Post and Courier)
• A longtime TVA executive will be the president of a nuclear reactor development company. (E&E news, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• Three energy companies plan to build liquefied natural gas plants in Brownsville, Texas. (Texas Standard)
• Exxon and a Saudi Arabian petrochemical company plan to build a Texas plant that will use oil and gas byproducts to process a chemical used in plastics. (Bloomberg)
• Mexico’s oil regulator approves plans for Shell to invest $2.4 billion in deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. (Reuters)
• Developers complete two expansion projects at Texas liquid terminal facilities. (Oil & Gas 360)
• A West Virginia resident tries to raise awareness about potential air quality issues from a planned natural gas storage hub in Appalachia. (Garrett County Republican)

PIPELINES: Texas landowners continue to fight a proposed pipeline that would cross their properties. (Spectrum News)

COMMENTARY:
• A small business advocate says presidential candidates need to pass a litmus test by committing to sign an executive order banning new oil drilling leases on public lands and waters. (Post and Courier)
• Duke Energy needs to tell the truth about coal ash contamination in a North Carolina lake, writes a Southern Environmental Law Center director. (Star News)

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