Santee Cooper sues SCE&G over failed nuclear plants

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina’s state owned utility is suing its partner in a failed nuclear project, saying the privately-owned South Carolina Electric & Gas committed fraud and misconduct that caused billions of dollars to be wasted on the unfished reactors.

The State newspaper reported Santee Cooper filed the lawsuit this week in state court.

It’s the harshest rebuke by Santee Cooper since the project failed in the summer of 2017. Santee Cooper owned 45 percent of the reactors, while SCE&G owned 55 percent and had control of construction decisions.

Santee Cooper says it started pleading with SCE&G in 2014 to improve oversight, but instead the private utility ignored problems and tried to hide reports critical of the lack of progress on the plants SCE&G says it denies the allegations from Santee Cooper.

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