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Confidential report warned of problems with Georgia, South Carolina nuclear projects

NUCLEAR: The Charleston Post and Courier publishes a confidential 2011 report warning that contractor Westinghouse wasn’t prepared to build new nuclear reactors in Georgia and South Carolina. (Post and Courier)

• South Carolina regulators could cut utility customers’ monthly bills at a hearing Tuesday to discuss whether South Carolina Electric & Gas’ parent company should stop collecting for the now-abandoned Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• An analysis shows how utilities changed the rules to make big bets with ratepayers’ money, including the failed Summer project and others around the country. (Post and Courier)
• South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says he will fire the chairman of Santee Cooper unless Leighton Lord responds to requests for documents related to the Summer project. (Associated Press)
• A look at why the race for nuclear never took off in North Carolina. (Post and Courier)

• Environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Friday to try to block the Mountain Valley Pipeline after the project cleared its final regulatory hurdle in Virginia last week. (Washington Post)
• The Virginia Water Control Board is expected to approve the Atlantic Coast Pipeline this week, following its approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline last week. (Virginian-Pilot)

SUBSIDIES: FERC chairman Kevin McIntyre, who was sworn in last week, requested a 30-day extension to take action on the Trump administration’s proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear plants. (Bloomberg)

Coal magnate Robert E. Murray met with Energy Secretary Rick Perry in March to present an “action plan” to ensure President Trump delivered on a campaign promise to prop up the coal industry and tear down its regulatory foes. (Washington Post)
The Trump administration has asked a federal judge for more time to work out a legal settlement with Murray Energy and others in a mining industry lawsuit. The case involves a federal rule to toughen enforcement at coal operations with repeated safety violations. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A fact-check gives Trump’s claim that West Virginia is sending “clean coal” to China a rating of “three Pinocchios.” (Washington Post)

FRACKING: Environmentalists gathered in downtown Tampa, Florida, on Saturday in support of a bill that would ban fracking statewide. (Bay News 9)

• An editorial board says Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s cap-and-trade plan won’t result in cleaner air, just higher electric bills for state residents. (Free Lance-Star)
• A columnist says renewable energy sources “are just one casualty of the carnage” that would be created by Congress’ tax reform bill. (Clean Technica)
• Although it will be expensive, a South Carolina utility should abandon plans to cover up coal tar in one of the state’s rivers and instead remove it. (Post and Courier)
• Two Democrats in Virginia’s House of Delegates argue the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline isn’t necessary and won’t save customers money. (Roanoke Times)
• A Virginia doctor sees first-hand how repealing the Clean Power Plan would worsen the environmental threat to people’s health. (Roanoke Times)

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