Southeast Energy News

Georgia nuclear project will get more federal money

NUCLEAR: The Trump administration will finalize $3.7 billion in loans to Southern Company for the construction of the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: South Carolina lawmakers have been unable to stop the Trump administration from ending MOX, an over-budget federal project intended to convert plutonium into nuclear reactor fuel. (McClatchy DC)

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• Federal inaction to restore benefits for coal miners with black lung disease is putting miners in danger. (Associated Press)
• West Virginia is awarded $35 million in grants from the federal government for mine reclamation. (WVVA)
• President Trump’s latest budget proposal cuts funding to build a prison on a former mountaintop coal mine site in Kentucky. (E&E News, subscription)

• Texas officials say it’s unclear how long it will take to stop a petrochemical plant fire in Texas. (Houston Chronicle)
• Southeast Texas has at least $23.6 billion in industrial natural gas projects in the works, and executives want to work on exporting excess gas. (Houston Chronicle)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Trump administration will hold an auction today for oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico. (Reuters)

CAP AND TRADE: California’s cap and trade program helps protect South Carolina’s forests by compensating owners for carbon sequestration. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR: Three solar projects in rural Georgia are expected to bring 400 jobs to the area. (WDHN)

UTILITIES: The interim chairman of South Carolina utility Santee Cooper says he will ensure transparency and accountability around its potential sale. (Post and Courier)

OVERSIGHT: A Palm Beach County, Florida jury awards an injured worker nearly $1.88 million after equipment fell and hit him at a Florida Power & Light power plant. (Sun Sentinel)

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