Local & State
Summer plant reduces power
V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Fairfield County was operating at 85 percent power Wednesday, S.C. Electric & Gas officials confirmed. Operators reduced power at the plant on Friday night to “conduct maintenance on a feed water heater drain pipe on the non-nuclear, secondary side of the plant,” the utility said in a statement. Officials said the plant is stable and operators are working to complete the maintenance and return the plant to full power.
Nation & World
Wet Seal closes some stores
Wet Seal on Wednesday closed 338 stores, about two-thirds of its locations, resulting in nearly 3,700 full- and part-time workers losing their jobs. The retailer, which sells clothing, footwear and accessories for teen girls and young women, said that it decided to proceed with the store closings after looking at its overall financial condition and because it wasn’t able to negotiate meaningful concessions from landlords. Efforts to reach the company Wednesday were unsuccessful, but clerks answering the phones at both the Columbiana Centre and Village at Sandhill locations in Columbia said they are staying open.
Boeing age claims dismissed
A federal judge has tossed out the remaining age discrimination claims in a long-running lawsuit against the Boeing Co. and Spirit AeroSystems. U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren said in a ruling handed down Wednesday that he was dismissing the claims of the remaining 26 plaintiffs as a sanction for their refusal to obey a court order to give their tax returns to the companies. The ruling deals a major blow to litigation that has already spanned nine years. The plaintiffs plan to appeal.
Data rules aim to improve air safety
New federal rules announced Wednesday will require airlines to collect and analyze safety data in an effort to spot troubling trends and help prevent accidents. The Federal Aviation Administration said the causes of 123 accidents between 2001 and 2010 could have been identified beforehand if airlines had safety management systems in place. Passenger and cargo airlines must have such systems by 2018.
Agriculture, real estate drone OK’d
The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday issued permits to use drones to monitor crops and photograph properties for sale, marking the first time permission has been granted to companies involved in agriculture and real estate. The permits require that drone operations include both a ground “pilot” and an observer, that the pilot have at least an FAA private pilot certificate and a current medical certificate, and that the drone remains within line of sight of the operator at all times.