Daily Digest

Confidential report warned of problems with Georgia, South Carolina nuclear projects

NUCLEAR: The Charleston Post and Courier publishes a confidential 2011 report warning that contractor Westinghouse wasn’t prepared to build new nuclear reactors in Georgia and South Carolina. (Post and Courier)

ALSO:
• South Carolina regulators could cut utility customers’ monthly bills at a hearing Tuesday to discuss whether South Carolina Electric & Gas’ parent company should stop collecting for the now-abandoned Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• An analysis shows how utilities changed the rules to make big bets with ratepayers’ money, including the failed Summer project and others around the country. (Post and Courier)
• South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says he will fire the chairman of Santee Cooper unless Leighton Lord responds to requests for documents related to the Summer project. (Associated Press)
• A look at why the race for nuclear never took off in North Carolina. (Post and Courier)

PIPELINES:
• Environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Friday to try to block the Mountain Valley Pipeline after the project cleared its final regulatory hurdle in Virginia last week. (Washington Post)
• The Virginia Water Control Board is expected to approve the Atlantic Coast Pipeline this week, following its approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline last week. (Virginian-Pilot)

SUBSIDIES: FERC chairman Kevin McIntyre, who was sworn in last week, requested a 30-day extension to take action on the Trump administration’s proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear plants. (Bloomberg)

COAL:
Coal magnate Robert E. Murray met with Energy Secretary Rick Perry in March to present an “action plan” to ensure President Trump delivered on a campaign promise to prop up the coal industry and tear down its regulatory foes. (Washington Post)
The Trump administration has asked a federal judge for more time to work out a legal settlement with Murray Energy and others in a mining industry lawsuit. The case involves a federal rule to toughen enforcement at coal operations with repeated safety violations. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A fact-check gives Trump’s claim that West Virginia is sending “clean coal” to China a rating of “three Pinocchios.” (Washington Post)

FRACKING: Environmentalists gathered in downtown Tampa, Florida, on Saturday in support of a bill that would ban fracking statewide. (Bay News 9)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s cap-and-trade plan won’t result in cleaner air, just higher electric bills for state residents. (Free Lance-Star)
• A columnist says renewable energy sources “are just one casualty of the carnage” that would be created by Congress’ tax reform bill. (Clean Technica)
• Although it will be expensive, a South Carolina utility should abandon plans to cover up coal tar in one of the state’s rivers and instead remove it. (Post and Courier)
• Two Democrats in Virginia’s House of Delegates argue the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline isn’t necessary and won’t save customers money. (Roanoke Times)
• A Virginia doctor sees first-hand how repealing the Clean Power Plan would worsen the environmental threat to people’s health. (Roanoke Times)

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