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Audit from South Carolina prompts questions for Georgia’s nuclear project

NUCLEAR: Officials with Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear plant were questioned on Tuesday whether the project there was dealing with similar problems documented in an audit on the now-failed Summer nuclear project in South Carolina. (Post and Courier)

ALSO: Duke Energy’s CEO said the utility does not want to invest in expanding the Summer nuclear plant. (Post and Courier)

• Regulators mostly rejected a request by Mississippi Power to exclude testimony filed by public utilities staff concerning the Kemper plant in proceedings over how much customers should pay. (Associated Press)
• Florida Power & Light is asking state regulators to approve a $185 million deal to purchase a utility system run by the city of Vero Beach. (News Service of Florida)

NATURAL GAS: The Sierra Club is asking Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Power & Light Co. to cancel plans to build a new natural gas-burning power plant there; the utility calls the campaign “an absurd proposal.” (Palm Beach Post)

• Duke Energy says there are no grounds to force it to pay a large portion of what could be $2.2 billion to close its existing coal ash operations. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• An environmental law firm wants Georgia Power to remove all its coal ash storage sites in the state. (Florida Times-Union)

STORAGE: Utilities across the country, including in the Southeast, are now including energy storage in their long-term planning processes. (Utility Dive)

• Scientists and policymakers say protecting Virginia’s military bases from the effects of climate change, including rising sea levels, is likely to be very expensive. (WVTF)
Louisiana’s attorney general says his state’s coastal erosion problems have nothing to do with climate change, but rather can be attributed to the Corps of Engineers and national policy. (The Advocate)
An environmental group blames lawmakers who block action on climate change and sea level rise for low marks it has given states for protecting their shorelines. (Charlotte Observer)

OIL: A lawmaker from Texas said on Tuesday “nature does amazing things,” suggesting that Earth cleaned up oil from the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf waters off Louisiana’s coast and that damage appeared to him to be minimal. (Huffington Post)

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