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South Carolina regulators may have been misled about failures at nuclear plant

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NUCLEAR: SCANA Corp. may have misled South Carolina regulators about the existence of a secretive report that detailed construction failures at the Summer nuclear project months before the plan was abandoned. (Post and Courier)

ALSO:
• Southern Co. publicly confirmed on Thursday it will seek to complete the Vogtle nuclear project in Georgia, which is the only nuclear unit still under construction nationwide. (Reuters, New York Times)
• South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Thursday the state is not willing to hold onto Santee Cooper’s $8 billion debt as part of a deal to sell the state-owned utility following the abandonment of the Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

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OIL AND GAS:
• The Colonial natural gas pipeline is expected to return to full service in a few days, which would restore a critical fuel pipeline that serves much of the Southeast being affected by Hurricane Harvey. (AL.com)
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on Thursday to allow gasoline to move into and through the state more quickly amid delivery problems caused by Hurricane Harvey. (WRAL)
Cooper also took action Thursday to protect consumers against price gouging and shortages in natural gas resulting from Hurricane Harvey’s effects on fuel infrastructure in the Southeast. (Citizen-Times)

COAL:
• Critics question whether President Trump’s end to a federal study on the health risks associated with coal mining is related to his pledge to revive the coal industry. (Washington Times Herald)
• Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a chamber of commerce event in West Virginia on Wednesday, telling attendees, “The war on coal is over.” (Herald-Dispatch)

POLITICS: An environmental group is spending $1.8 million to help elect Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam, despite his noncommittal stance on two proposed gas pipelines. (Washington Post)

SOLAR: An analysis says although the emerging U.S. rooftop solar industry is often portrayed as the victim in the fight with fossil-fuel-friendly utilities, the reality is more complex. (Yale Environment 360)

COAL ASH: Alabama Power released scenarios on what would happen if its coal ash dams failed there, which is the only state without a dam safety program. (Alabama Public Radio)

COMMENTARY:
• Virginia’s former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello explains why he opposes two proposed natural gas pipelines and also supports the Democratic candidate Ralph Northam, who has not taken a public stance on the projects. (Blue Virginia)
The founder and director of an environmental group says there’s still time for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to oppose natural gas pipelines before his term ends and the project becomes part of his legacy. (Blue Virginia)

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