Kentucky’s Displaced Families Face Winter Without Safe Homes

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CLIMATE: Families in Eastern Kentucky face the prospect of a winter without stable housing after their homes were destroyed in July floods. (Ohio Valley Resource, BBC)

TOO: Pandemic complications and related labor shortages have left some North Carolina residents without permanent homes nearly six years after they were displaced by Hurricane Matthew. (Associated Press)

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WIND: Virginia regulators are extending the response period for their review of a performance bond on Dominion Energy’s proposed offshore wind project, which the utility says could scuttle the entire project. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

COAL:
• Federal inspectors recommend the Tennessee Valley Authority address coal dust, flue gases and staffing at a Tennessee coal-fired power plant if the utility wants to continue operating the plant until retirement scheduled for next year. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• Scientists in Virginia are studying ways to extract rare earth elements from tailings and acid mine drainage left over from coal mining operations. (Cardinal News)

NUCLEAR:
• Federal regulators grant a 40-year license extension for a South Carolina plant that is one of only three facilities in the country that manufactures fuel for nuclear power plants. (Associated Press)
• Federal regulators announce additional inspections of a Louisiana nuclear power plant after learning that an offsite radiation monitor has been improperly calibrated for more than a decade. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Arkansas professors announce a tool for poultry farmers in the state to determine if solar power generation makes sense for their farms. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• A solar developer is considering a commercial-scale solar development on abandoned mining lands at four sites in Virginia. (Coalfield Progress, subscription)
• A county in Virginia is considering a draft ordinance to guide the development of large-scale solar energy. (Martinsville Bulletin)
• A solar-powered aerospace titanium manufacturing plant will be established in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, subscription)

POLITICS: Progressive Democrats are seeking to derail plans to tie permit reform legislation for energy projects such as the Mountain Valley pipeline to an interim spending bill. (E&E News)

COAL ASH: North Carolina residents are seeing high rates of thyroid cancer in a community where coal ash is stored at a Duke Energy coal and natural gas plant. (Daily Tar Heel)

GRID: Texas regulators are telling state lawmakers that grid reforms are working to ensure reliability, but they’re already starting to hear feedback from voters about the costs of the new wintering rules. (KTBC)

UTILITIES: A bankruptcy judge allows Texas’ largest electric co-op to begin soliciting votes on a bankruptcy restructuring proposal that includes a $1.4 billion payout to end a dispute over price spikes resulting from last year’s winter storm. (Reuters)

EMISSIONS: A North Carolina health system announces plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than a third by 2030 and reach net zero by mid-century. (Winston Salem Journal)

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DATA CENTERS: Residents of Northern Virginia neighborhoods next to a growing number of data centers are complaining about the noise from the constantly whirring fans needed to cool the centers. (Associated Press)

COMMENT: Two environmental activists denounce plans to ship crude oil by rail from Utah to Texas, adding as much carbon pollution to the region as a new refinery. (Beaumont Company)

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