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"Commission denies SCE&G request to withhold records in nuclear project investigation"

July 11, 2018

The State

More than 700,000 South Carolina Electric & Gas ratepayers could find out sooner — rather than later — what the utility knew and when, and how it responded to the V.C. Summer nuclear fiasco.

The S.C. Public Service Commission on Wednesday denied a request from SCE&G and its would-be acquirer, Dominion Energy, to reconsider a decision requiring SCE&G to hand over to S.C. Office of Regulatory Staff documents provided to state and federal investigators looking into the failed nuclear project.

The utility, a subsidiary of Cayce-based SCANA, has until Friday to turn over documents given to government investigators. However, it could challenge that order in court.

An SCE&G spokesperson could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

The records are being sought as part of an ongoing fight before the PSC over who — customers or SCE&G and SCANA's shareholders — should pay for the Summer project's $9 billion failure.

"We have every expectation the company will continue to play this obstruction game," said Bob Guild, a lawyer for environmental groups seeking the records to bolster their legal case seeking refunds for SCE&G's customers.

Those groups — the Friends of the Earth and ...

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