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South Carolina seeks criminal investigation of Summer plant

NUCLEAR: South Carolina’s attorney general and lawmakers are asking the state law enforcement division to look into possible criminal violations with the utilities involved in the failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

• One of Mississippi’s city-owned electric utilities plans to close a coal power plant in May, saying it is no longer economically viable. (Associated Pres)
• A report released Monday says a piece of safety equipment meant to prevent coal mine fatalities had been disabled prior to a worker being killed in a West Virginia mine in June. (Charleston Mail-Gazette)

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COAL ASH: A coal ash pond undergoing excavation at a shuttered power plant in Georgia appears to have flooded during Hurricane Irma. (Brunswick News)

UTILITIES: In an unusual move, North Carolina agencies and an environmental advocate will depose today at least one witness about Duke Energy’s coal ash practices in preparation for upcoming rate hearings. (Charlotte Business Journal)

ELECTRICITY: A South Carolina official spoke about the state’s energy industry in light of its failed Summer nuclear project, saying the state’s electricity industry is facing tough times. (Morning News)

• The city of Savannah may be one of the first local governments in Georgia to take advantage of state legislation designed to make solar systems more feasible. (Savannah Morning News)
• Mississippi ranked ninth in the country in solar power growth in the second quarter. (Mississippi Journal)
• A $140 million, 72-megawatt solar power facility in eastern Alabama is scheduled to begin operating in December. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: The Florida-led, bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus added two more lawmakers on Monday to its group, which now totals 58 members. (Tampa Bay Times)

SUSTAINABILITY: The University of Richmond has been recognized in the Princeton Review’s 2017 “Green Colleges” guide, in part for its recently installed solar panels. (Associated Press)

• The U.S. Trade Commission’s ruling that cheap solar cell imports are hurting U.S. manufacturers could potentially allow President Trump to impose tariffs on China, but it would also punish the U.S. solar industry. (Washington Post)
• A guest columnist says the shale boom in West Virginia is the foundation of the state’s new manufacturing economy and represents the beginning of much bigger developments to come. (State Journal)

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