Nu­clear power re­port should have been re­leased, at­tor­ney says

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - BUSINESS -

COLUMBIA, S.C. — An at­tor­ney for a leg­isla­tive panel in­ves­ti­gat­ing the fail­ure of a nu­clear power project in South Carolina says a re­port the own­ers in­tended to keep se­cret shows they knew the re­ac­tors couldn’t be com­pleted as planned at least two years be­fore they aban­doned the ef­fort.

The panel’s at­tor­ney, Scott Elliott, said Fri­day the re­port was “de­signed to never see the light of day.” He says South Carolina Elec­tric & Gas should have dis­closed its ex­is­tence and crit­i­cal find­ings as it re­peat­edly sought ap­proval from state reg­u­la­tors to spend more.

SCE&G and state-owned San­tee Cooper hired Bech­tel Corp. through a law firm in 2015 to as­sess con­struc­tion. Kevin Marsh, the CEO of SCE&G’S par­ent com­pany, told leg­is­la­tors the re­port was con­fi­den­tial be­cause it was in­tended to be used in po­ten­tial law­suits.

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