A state utility watchdog says it has new evidence that puts into doubt what SCANA executives have listed as a reason for keeping secret a highly-critical audit about the V.C. Summer nuclear expansion project.
The Post and Courier reports SCANA has claimed since last September that a 2016 Bechtel audit of the abandoned nuclear expansion project at the Fairfield County plan was done for a lawsuit against its lead contractor Westinghouse.
Company executives insisted that the audit by Bechtel Corp. could not be made public or reviewed by state lawmakers, state utility regulators or Gov. Henry McMaster. The governor’s office instead got it from SCANA’s partner in the project Santee Cooper. McMaster’s office released the report after ordering the state-owned utility to turn it over last fall.
The Office of Regulatory Staff said emails and documents it obtained indicate that — at least initially — SCANA was not planning to use the audit results to sue Westinghouse. ORS released the new documents Wednesday.
The audit found many problems with the $9 billion expansion project and has been central to lawsuits filed after its failure which accuse SCANA of misleading investors.
SCANA claims those documents cannot be used against them.