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Information scrubbed from South Carolina nuclear audit

NATURAL GAS: Advocates say Florida’s heavy reliance on natural gas has exposed utility customers to economic risk and market volatility, with hedging already costing Floridians at least $6.9 billion since 2006. (Southeast Energy News)

• Newly disclosed documents show information was removed two years ago from a report about the now-failed Summer nuclear project that would have alerted investors and regulators about some of the project’s problems. (Post and Courier)
• An audit shows a contractor overcharged the TVA by more than $6.8 million to help finish construction at the Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant in Tennessee. (Times Free Press)
• A South Carolina lawmaker has introduced legislation to drastically shrink the compensation packages for outgoing executives at SCANA. (Post and Courier)

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UTILITIES: The North Carolina Utilities Commission begins hearings today to determine whether Duke Energy will be allowed to charge consumers nearly $200 million a year for the full cost of cleaning up toxic coal ash pits. (Associated Press)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The EPA has given 271 people speaking slots to offer comments on its proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan when it visits Charleston, West Virginia, on Tuesday and Wednesday. (State Journal)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A South Carolina House subcommittee will hear public testimony on Tuesday about whether there is a way to make surveying for offshore oil and natural gas drilling more palatable to its opponents. (Statehouse Report)

EMISSIONS: The Virginia-based Mars candy company plans to spend $1 billion to cut its greenhouse gas pollution by two-thirds by the year 2050.  (WVTF)

COAL: The TVA’s Colbert Fossil Plant in Alabama stopped producing power in March, but dismantling the plant will take several years. (Times Daily)

OIL & NATURAL GAS: A coastal restoration project in Louisiana needed an extra $2.2 million to deal with unexpected complexities from a “spider web” of buried oil and gas pipelines. (Times-Picayune)

POLITICS: U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida pushed to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year, but now sits on the Climate Solutions Caucus to explore legislative avenues to tackle global warming. (Pensacola News Journal)

• An executive vice president at Suniva says the U.S. solar industry needs help fighting unfair competition from China. (Washington Post)
• Two coal industry representatives praise the EPA’s choice of West Virginia to hold its two-day public hearings on the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Even though President Trump is repealing the Clean Power Plan and withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, the only hope we have is to take action against climate change now, says an editorial board. (Virginian-Pilot)
• Leaders of various religions in West Virginia say in order “to preserve the sanctity of Creation,” they oppose the EPA’s proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan. (Charleston Mail-Gazette)
• A newspaper editorial board in South Carolina says information that was scrubbed from an audit of the Summer nuclear project is “the most damning piece of evidence yet that SCANA and Santee Cooper acted imprudently.” (Post and Courier)

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