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Georgia nuclear plant construction will continue despite costs

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NUCLEAR: Vogtle nuclear power plant owners reach an agreement over multibillion dollar budget overages and will continue with the project. (Associated Press)

ALSO: South Carolina regulators argue SCE&G should have abandoned construction of the VC Summer nuclear plant years ago and want to reduce ratepayers’ power bills by 20 percent. (The State)

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SOLAR:
• A solar advocacy group helps people set up solar co-ops throughout West Virginia. (Beckley Register-Herald)
• A solar company considers Rowan County, North Carolina for a solar farm after another county rejected its proposal. (Statesville Record & Landmark)
• A new solar co-op launches in Polk County, Florida. (The Ledger)

PIPELINES:
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers never sufficiently showed they faced harm without access to properties, lawyers for landowners said at a hearing. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Virginia students monitor the ecological and social impacts of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Augusta Free Press)

OIL & GAS: Oil and gas companies plan to borrow more this year despite concerns about Permian Basin pipeline bottlenecks, a new report shows. (Dallas Morning News)

EMISSIONS: The EPA drops 26 counties from North Carolina’s requirement for vehicle emissions inspections. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: A federal appeals court says Tennessee Valley Authority is not violating the Clean Water Act at its unlined coal ash pond near the Cumberland River in Tennessee, but pollutants in groundwater are a “major environmental problem.” (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES: If South Carolina wants to sell Santee Cooper, it needs to ensure the state-owned utility keeps its biggest customers: 20 small, member-owned electric cooperatives. (The State)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Interior Department says the next Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale will offer about 78 million acres. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: President Trump should ensure that the federal mine safety agency doesn’t stop penalizing mines with an established pattern of safety violations, an editorial board says. (Lexington Herald Leader)

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