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Documents show unlicensed workers used at South Carolina nuclear plant

NUCLEAR: Unlicensed workers designed parts of the Summer nuclear project in South Carolina without having the work approved by engineers, which is a potentially criminal shortcut that raises even more questions the project’s failure. (Post and Courier)

ALSO: A developer says it is possible to finish two abandoned nuclear reactors in Alabama within the next several years. (Times Free Press)

COAL ASH: Duke Energy announced on Friday it would post maps of coal ash risks to its website, following lawsuit threats from environmental groups. (Courier-Journal)

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SOLAR:
• The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday unanimously agreed with Georgia-based Suniva’s dispute over solar panel imports, which empowers President Trump to impose import tariffs. (Atlanta Business Chronicle, L.A. Times)
• The Trade Commission’s vote on Friday sets up a review period in which the panel must recommend a remedy to President Trump, with a final decision on tariffs expected in January. (Associated Press)

CARBON CAPTURE: The Energy Department announces $36 million in funding to advance carbon capture technologies following the failure of the Kemper “clean coal” plant in Mississippi. (Platts)

POLICY: The Trump administration is considering policies that would favor coal and nuclear power over renewable energy options. (The Hill)

OIL: A study shows the dispersant sprayed on oil spilled during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster harmed people’s health. (Tampa Bay Times)

GRID: Power outages in Florida that resulted from Hurricane Irma prompt a new push for buried power lines and raise questions about whether Florida Power & Light could have done more to prevent outages. (Herald Tribune, Sun Sentinel)

UTILITIES: Dominion Power has decided not to build power lines through a community in Virginia where descendants of an ex-slave have lived for generations. (Washington Post)

CLIMATE: Former South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis says it is “foolhardy” to deny climate change in the wake of recent hurricanes. (WAER)

COMMENTARY:
• A guest columnist and published author on global warming says Virginia’s elected officials aren’t taking action fast enough against climate change. (Washington Post)
• The president of the Kentucky Coal Association says fossil fuels shouldn’t be blamed for recent hurricanes that have wreaked havoc on the United States. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• A guest commentary suggests President Trump look to China’s self-described “cleanest coal-fired power station in the world” to help the coal industry in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A professor and director of the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at the West Virginia University College of Law disagrees with the proposed sale of a power station. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A member of the Georgia Public Service Commission explains how tariffs on solar cells will hurt the state’s solar industry. (Athens Banner-Herald)

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