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South Carolina lawmakers question delay of nuclear plant audit

NUCLEAR: South Carolina lawmakers question why an audit finished 19 months ago on the now-abandoned Summer nuclear plant project was not released until now, as panels plan to meet next week to further investigate the multi-billion failure. (Post and Courier)

ALSO: Two nuclear plants in Florida are in Hurricane Irma’s projected path and may be shut down. (Miami Herald)

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• Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have restarted the debate on climate change and warmer oceans. (McClatchy)
• Scientists say climate change didn’t cause Hurricane Irma, but did make it much stronger. (Bloomberg)
• Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he is not downplaying the dangers Hurricane Irma poses to this state, but has dodged questions on whether climate change is caused by humans, saying that he’s “not a scientist.” (SaintPetersBlog)

GASOLINE: Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday that gasoline shortages around the state are temporary and should be resolved before Hurricane Irma arrives there. (Tampa Bay Times)

• Virginia’s gubernatorial candidates, Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam, said they would support the construction of two controversial natural gas pipelines if the projects were approved by state regulators. (WVTF)
• A section of the Colonial pipeline that carries gasoline from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast has reopened after it was shut down in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. (News & Observer)

POLITICS: Hillary Clinton wrote in her new book, “What Happened,” that her biggest regret from the campaign trail last year was saying she would put coal miners out of business with her plan to further replace fossil fuel energy production with renewable systems. (Business Insider)

COAL ASH: The Tennessee Valley Authority says it will take 24 years to remove coal ash from one of its power plants and plans to begin these efforts within 30 days unless a court rules otherwise. (Associated Press)

GROWTH: Economists from West Virginia University say the state’s economic growth can be attributed in large part to the coal and oil and natural gas industries. (Exponent Telegram)

COMMENTARY: There are short-term and long-term benefits of solar power as people prepare for the power disruptions Hurricane Irma will likely cause. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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