Southeast Energy News

TVA’s proposed nuclear reactor site clears federal hurdle

NUCLEAR: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issues a final environmental impact statement and early site permit for TVA’s proposed nuclear reactor site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (Oak Ridge Today)

ALSO: Santee Cooper says a contractor’s lawsuit over leftover equipment and parts from a failed nuclear power plant is a “desperate money grab.” (The State)

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GRID: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $485 million to upgrade rural electric systems in states including Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, and North Carolina. (KWES)

SOLAR:
• A Texas solar company proposes a large solar project in King and Queen County, Virginia. (Virginia Gazette)
• Montgomery County, Alabama officials will vote again on a 20-year tax abatement for solar projects that was approved last month. (Montgomery Advertiser)

CAP-AND-TRADE: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam remains quiet about potentially vetoing an amendment that would prevent the state from joining a regional cap-and-trade program. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: A lawyer for coal miners argues in court that they have a statutory right to speak anonymously to government inspectors and Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray threatened to shut down mines following safety complaints. (Marketplace)

COAL ASH: Sixteen breaches are found in a clay layer protecting a Memphis aquifer, which raise concerns among residents about coal ash and other contamination. (Commercial Appeal)

PIPELINES: President Trump is expected to announce executive orders that spur private investment in energy infrastructure and undermine local authority to block pipelines. (Bloomberg)

OIL & GAS:
• The number of oil and gas jobs in West Virginia is different depending on which organization is counting. (Politifact, WVPB)
• The mother of a 12-year-old girl killed in a natural gas explosion urges Texas lawmakers to pass bills that would prevent the same thing from happening again. (Dallas Morning News)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• With the Trump administration attempting to loosen oil drilling regulations in the Gulf of Mexico, years-long oil spills could continue to occur. (WBUR)
• Taxpayers may pay billions of dollars to clean up the oil industry’s rig messes in the Gulf of Mexico. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES: Dominion Energy is getting rid of SCE&G’s name and logo after purchasing the South Carolina utility. (Post and Courier)

CLIMATE: Florida Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor isn’t ruling out nuclear power and carbon capture as potential climate change solutions. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• Duke Energy ratepayers will likely bear the brunt of coal ash cleanup costs, an environmental consultant writes. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
• If David Bernhardt is confirmed as Interior Secretary, Florida’s coastline could be opened up to offshore drilling, an advocate writes. (Miami Herald)
• If the ban on offshore drilling is upheld, it will extend the Trump administration’s losing streak in court, two law professors write. (The Conversation)
• U.S. pipeline safety rules need to be updated, writes the president of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. (Houston Chronicle)

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