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Cindi Ross Scoppe

SC nuclear debacle, by the numbers

How many billions SCANA/SCE&G and Santee Cooper spent before abanding two nuclear reactors at the VC Summer plant. How much more SC ratepayers are paying for electricty. How much executives are paid. How many customers the utilities have. And more.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

You might want to hold off spending that SCE&G refund check

Even if executives have to give back their bonuses and pensions, lose their jobs or go to jail, SC ratepayers are not going to escape paying part of the $9 billion that SCANA and Santee Cooper spent on two nuclear reactors they have abandoned. The courts might not allow that even in the unlikely event that the Legislature mandated it.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

SC nuclear debacle: an updated timeline

It made sense to think our nation needed a new generation of nuclear reactors and that South Carolina needed to get in the game, to provide a steady, reliable source of power for a burgeoning economy. But over more than 13 years, the Legislature, SCE&G parent company SCANA and Santee Cooper made a series of decisions that in retrospect seem at best ill-advised. Here’s a timeline.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

What’s got me cheering about these downtown failures

Clearly Columbia would benefit from the massive hotel-retail-residential Kline Center planned for the long-vacant corner of Gervais and Huger streets. The 15-story Edge student housing tower would bring more foot traffic to Main Street and the Vista. And we’d want BullStreet to succeed even if city officials hadn’t sunk $37 million into a baseball stadium and promised many, many millions more for more justifiable infrastructure improvements.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

SC nuclear debacle: a timeline

It was reasonable to believe that our nation needed a new generation of nuclear reactors and that South Carolina needed to get in the game, to provide a steady, reliable source of power for a burgeoning economy. But over the course of more than 13 years, the Legislature, SCE&G parent company SCANA and Santee Cooper made a series of decisions that in retrospect seem at best ill-advised. Here’s a timeline.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Santee Cooper’s role in SC nuclear debacle looks worse by the day

LAST WEEK began with news that Santee Cooper and its nuclear fiasco partner SCE&G had been warned a year and a half ago that they weren’t exercising the basic level of oversight that any rational person would expect a business to provide for the multi-billion-dollar construction project. It ended with news that the problem had been known about for much longer than that.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Does anyone at Santee Cooper remember who Santee Cooper works for?

The secret report on the failed SC nuclear reactor project shows that Santee Cooper and SCANA weren’t exercising basic oversight of the multi-billion-dollar construction project. The report and the utility’s initial refusal to release it to the governor raise even more concerns about how it operates and its attitude toward the public that owns it.

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