State House leaders request SLED investigation into V.C. Summer affair

COLUMBIA—South Carolina legislators have asked the state Law Enforcement Division to investigate potential criminality on the part of SCANA and SCE&G regarding mismanagement at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant.

This request comes in the form of a letter to SLED Chief Mark Keel by South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas (R-Darlington), and Chairman Peter McCoy (R-Charleston) and Vice-Chairman Russell Ott (D-Calhoun) of the House Utility Ratepayer Protection Committee (HURPC).

“If, as we suspect, criminal activity exists at the root of the V.C. Summer disaster, it is imperative that it be discovered as quickly as possible and that those responsible are held accountable for their actions,” the letter read. 

The State House leaders’ letter also said that the Speaker’s office and the HURPC “stand ready to turn over to SLED any and all information we have gathered” to assist SLED in its investigation. The Speaker’s office and the committee also announced they will have no further contact with officials from SCANA or SCE&G.

The committee will hold a public hearing Tues. Sept. 26, as the group continues to work towards developing a viable plan forward in response to the V.C. Summer suspension. Chairman McCoy has called for the hearing to allow members of the public to express their grievances, after ratepayers paid over $2 billion in nine rate increases, followed by the loss of over 5,000 jobs at the failed V.C. Summer project.

The hearing will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 110 of the Solomon Blatt Building on the State House grounds in Columbia.