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Strip mining putting West Virginia communities at higher flood risk

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COAL: An analysis of satellite images shows how parts of West Virginia with the most strip mining damage are also the most susceptible to increased stream flow and flooding. (InsideClimate News)

JUSTICE: Residents demand that North Carolina’s environmental justice advisory board do more to protect low-income communities of color from polluting industries like pipelines and coal ash. (Charlotte Observer)

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NUCLEAR:
• The V.C. Summer nuclear power plant in South Carolina, which has been shut down since early November because of a leak of radioactive water, is expected to start producing energy again soon. (Island Packet)
• Federal regulators fine the Tennessee Valley Authority $145,000 for submitting inaccurate information about the reliability of an off-site electric system at a nuclear plant. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) 

SOLAR:
• South Carolina’s solar industry is likely to ask state regulators to reconsider a ruling that lowers rates utilities pay for solar power. (Post and Courier)
• A solar company is developing solar-powered lights for bus stops in Cape Coral, Florida. (Fox 4 Now)
• An Arkansas vineyard adds solar panels to help power operations, becoming the first winery in the state to be solar-powered. (KATV)
• An electric cooperative and solar company begin construction on a 1 MW solar project in Arkansas. (Talk Business & Politics)
• Henderson, Kentucky, officials finalize regulations for solar projects in the city. (The Gleaner)

WIND: A renewable energy company plans to build a 148 MW wind energy farm in Oklahoma that is slated to begin operating in late 2020. (Renewables Now)

POWER PLANTS: North Carolina residents raise concerns about pollution from a former coal plant that now burns tires and other materials for energy. (WECT)

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COAL ASH: The Oak Ridge, Tennessee, city manager sends a letter to state environmental regulators criticizing TVA’s plan for a coal ash landfill. (Oak Ridger)

COMMENTARY: Many military veterans wanting to continue protecting national security are finding a new mission in the energy industry, a Navy veteran and an engineer write. (Energy News Network)

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