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Troubled Georgia nuclear project likely to continue amid canceled plans elsewhere

NUCLEAR: Southern Co. intends to proceed with Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear project — the only active nuclear project left in the country — and a formal announcement is expected today. (E&E News, GPB)

• An analysis looks at how the Vogtle nuclear project became billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule. (DeSmog Blog)
• Southern Co. and other co-owners of Vogtle recently requested additional federal loan guarantees for the project. (Zacks Equity Research)

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• The largest U.S. oil refinery began shutting down on Wednesday as Tropical Storm Harvey continued to pummel southern Texas and threaten a stretch of the refining hub in Louisiana. (CNBC)
• Oil traders are rushing to move crude and fuel supplies through ports in Louisiana as Tropical Storm Harvey threatens the Gulf Coast’s oil terminals. (Reuters)
• Harvey is increasing prices at the pump for U.S. motorists and causing temporary shifts in the flow of oil and gasoline globally after halting a large portion of U.S. refining capacity in Texas and Louisiana. (Associated Press)

• A county along the Atlantic Coast of Florida is launching a solar energy cooperative. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
• Officials in Savannah, Georgia are scheduled to vote today on building a 1-megawatt community solar project with pollinator habitat at the site of a former landfill. (Savannah Morning News)

COAL ASH: Georgia Power says it has finished excavating three coal ash ponds as part of its efforts to close all 29 of its coal ash ponds in the state. (WABE)

POLLUTION: Knoxville, Tennessee has met the EPA air quality standards for the first time in 20 years, in part due to reductions in coal use. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

• A federal appeals court upheld a decision that threw out an effort by officials in a West Virginia county to ban the disposal of natural gas production waste there. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Researchers from West Virginia University plan to release a report this week that looks at storing liquid natural gas products in underground reservoirs in the state. (WV Public Broadcasting)

PIPELINES: Two environmental advocacy groups requested that county officials in West Virginia deny the necessary zoning change to allow a compressor station related to the Mountain Valley Pipeline to be built there. (Register-Herald)

POLITICS: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was interrupted while giving a speech and questioned by an audience member about substantial donations he accepted from the oil and gas industry. (PolitiFact)

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