Cindi Ross Scoppe

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.

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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.

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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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How the SC Legislature broke its lottery promise

In the other states, education didn’t benefit from state-sponsored gambling because lawmakers just used the lottery money to replace tax money that had been spent on schools. But the SC Legislature promised that the schools would get all the lottery proceeds on top of the tax money they would have been getting anyway. Our Legislature kept that promise for precisely as long as it was easy to keep that promise.

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SC nuclear debacle, by the numbers

Here’s the list of numbers, and a few related items, about the SC nuclear project, which I put together so I wouldn’t have to keep looking them up every time I wrote about the decision by SCE&G and Santee Cooper to abandon construction on their two reactors at the VC Summer facility.

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