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Virginia approves environmental permits for Mountain Valley Pipeline

PIPELINES: Virginia environmental regulators approve erosion, sediment and stormwater management plans for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which is now authorized to begin construction in the state. (Roanoke Times)

MORE:
• A construction company hired to work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline was recently cited for environmental violations on a separate project in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A new short documentary chronicles the fight of North Carolina activists against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Fayetteville Observer)
• A landowner testifies in federal court about alleged misrepresentations by Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers. (Rocky Mountain Telegram)

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COAL:
• Coal mining companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice have exploited a loophole to defer environmental clean-up. (Climate Home News)
• Half of U.S. coal plants did not earn enough revenue last year to cover operating expenses, and the problem is particularly bad in Florida, Georgia, and other Southeast states, according to a study released Monday. (Bloomberg)
• A Mississippi utility regulator says the state needs to reflect on lessons from the Kemper clean-coal power plant, which was the most expensive public utility project in state history. (Mississippi Today)
• A federal study on the health impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining is officially disbanded by the Trump Administration. (West Virginia Public Broadasting)

EFFICIENCY: A Florida county approves a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program to help residents and businesses finance energy efficiency, renewable energy and hurricane preparedness projects. (Florida Today)

SOLAR: The Jacksonville, Florida, city council is expected to sign off Tuesday on fast-tracked incentives for JinkoSolar’s planned U.S. headquarters. (Jacksonville Daily Record)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla launches a program to train electric car technicians, including at a North Carolina community college. (Electrek)

OIL & GAS: As West Virginia’s coal industry declines, the state’s oil and gas sectors are growing. (WVNews)

TRANSMISSION: Entergy completes a 10.5-mile transmission line intended to improve reliability in southern Louisiana. (Daily Energy Insider)

GRID: Georgia Power is making scheduled upgrades to Wilmington Island’s power grid that should help it withstand storm season. (WSAV)

COMMENTARY
• Offshore oil and gas development could create significant economic benefits in Virginia, says the director of the Virginia Petroleum Council. (The Virginian-Pilot)
• Coal ash rules drafted by Alabama regulators would undermine protections for the state’s citizens, a clean water activist writes. (Montgomery Advertiser)

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