1 year after nuclear plants abandoned, fallout continues

July 28, 2018 - 9:01 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Just about a year ago, work stopped on two nuclear reactors in South Carolina, leaving behind no power and nearly $9 billion in debt.

The aftermath of the decision will continue for a long time in courtrooms across the state.

Ratepayers and shareholders have sued South Carolina Electric & Gas, the leaders on the project at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Columbia.

State senators are threatening to sue Gov. Henry McMaster if his appointee to the board of state-owned Santee Cooper takes over without them approving.

And even a temporary 15 percent rate cut for SCE&G customers passed by lawmakers is in court, with SCE&G saying it was illegal.

Work stopped on the reactors on July 31, 2017.

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