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Nuclear sector faces another blow as Duke Energy pulls plug on South Carolina plant

Correction appended.

NUCLEAR: Duke Energy Carolinas filed a proposal to cancel its planned Lee nuclear plant in South Carolina and wants to recover at least $368 million in planning costs from its customers. (Charlotte Business Journal)

The move to cancel the proposed Lee nuclear plant deals another blow to the U.S. nuclear industry. (Dow Jones Newswires)
• There were early signs of incompetence that were unheeded at the now-abandoned Summer nuclear plant project in South Carolina. (Post and Courier)
Meanwhile, Duke Energy says it won’t help restart construction on the abandoned Summer nuclear plant in South Carolina, dimming one of the best hopes for reviving the project. (Post and Courier)
The CEO of South Carolina’s state-owned electric utility, Santee Cooper, announced his resignation on Friday, following the abandonment of the Summer nuclear project. (Reuters)
• Two South Carolina power customers have filed a lawsuit against the board of Santee Cooper, saying the utility unlawfully raised rates to pay for the failed Summer nuclear project. (Associated Press)

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SOLAR: Many experts say North Carolina’s solar and agriculture industries are not at odds and the growth of solar farms represents a huge opportunity for the state’s sheep industry. (Southeast Energy News)

PIPELINES: The proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipeline projects may face additional scrutiny after a federal court ruled last week FERC must estimate greenhouse emissions when considering whether to approve natural gas pipelines. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

Duke Energy seeks to increase electricity rates for Charlotte-area residents by 16.7 percent, in part to pass on to its customers the high costs for cleaning up coal ash sites. (Charlotte Observer)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority says it is possible that arsenic contamination in local water sources is from sources other than coal ash from its nearby plants. (Commercial Appeal)

COAL: A West Virginia coal miner killed on the job last week, who was the second member of his family to die working in a coal mine, has renewed calls for mine safety. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

• By ending a federal study on coal mining’s health impacts on nearby residents, the Trump administration is saying it doesn’t care if some babies in southern West Virginia are born with birth defects or an unusual number of people develop cancer. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Many Virginia leaders hide behind FERC, passing the buck on controversial pipeline projects. (Blue Virginia)
• An official with the League of Women Voters of South Carolina outlines actions to take — and not to take — as state lawmakers address the failed Summer nuclear plant project. (The State)
• The executive director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia says natural gas development is “the single best hope” for resolving the state’s economic issues, but policy reforms are needed. (Exponent Telegram)
• Duke Energy Carolinas’ cancellation of its proposed Lee nuclear project in North Carolina is similar to Duke Energy Florida’s cancellation of a nuclear project near Tampa Bay years ago. (Tampa Bay Times)

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the location of the planned Lee nuclear plant. It is in South Carolina.

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