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Energy, most read: NEI warns of dangers of nuke shutdowns; KMI touts benefits of Southern deal

SNL Energy presents the mostread stories for the week ended July 15.

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The NuclearEnergy Institute has warned the U.S. Department of Energy about the dangers ofAmerica's growing dependence on natural gas for electric generation and theshortsightedness of prematurely shutting down nuclear power plants.

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TheClean Air Act lacked the tools to offer a life raft to the struggling nuclearindustry within the Clean Power Plan, a U.S. EPA official said July 11."Everybody agreed that what we had come up with was a really bad idea, andthen everybody agreed to disagree about what a good idea looked like," theofficial said.

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's decision tobring in Southern Co.as an equal partner on the SouthernNatural Gas Co. LLC pipeline system is a step toward returningvalue to shareholders after the midstream giant was forced to its quarterly dividend in2015, Chairman Richard Kinder said.

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TheTexas Commission on Environmental Quality approved the expansion and renewal ofa wastewater permit for Dos Republicas Coal Partnership's Eagle Pass coal minein Maverick County, Texas.

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Theprice of propane dipped during the trading week as another week of losses incrude oil and improved inventory data for propane added pressure.Lone Star pipeline-grade propane at Mont Belvieu fell 1.50 cents to trade at48.80 cents per gallon in the week ended July 8, while non-LST propane declined1.10 cents to trade at 48.55 cents per gallon.