Officials from South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) and state-owned utility Santee Cooper were in the hot seat Monday as state senators grilled them on the failed VC Summer nuclear reactor expansion project.
Santee Cooper President and CEO Lonnie Carter told senators that he knew as far back as 2014 there were issues with lead contractor Westinghouse which put VC Summer’s future at risk. But he insisted there was a lot of pressure to finish. “This project was popular in this state politically and, quite frankly, otherwise,” he told senators. “That certainly is the feeling I got.”
State Sen. Nikki Setzler, D-Lexington, asked Carter why they did not seek the state’s assistance when they knew the project was in serious trouble.
“As a state-owned utility, you don’t think you had a responsibility to come to the legislature or the governor or somebody and say we got a problem, we need help?” Setzler asked. [Read more…]