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Utility Execs Grilled on Failed Nuclear Project

They abandoned construction of two reactors after spending $10 billion.

An aerial view of the V.C. Summer construction site in Jenkinsville, where two nuclear reactors were being built by Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas.
An aerial view of the V.C. Summer construction site in Jenkinsville, where two nuclear reactors were being built by Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) โ€” It's senators' turn to grill executives of utilities that bailed on a nuclear power project in South Carolina.

Officials with South Carolina Electric & Gas and state-owned Santee Cooper are to testify Monday before a Senate panel investigating the project's failure. A House panel questioned SCE&G executives Friday about a 2015 assessment of the project the utilities kept secret. It was released earlier this month.

The utilities abandoned construction of two reactors July 31 after jointly spending nearly $10 billion.

Kevin Marsh, CEO of SCE&G's parent company SCANA, insisted Friday the utility did nothing wrong. Marsh said the report was confidential because it was intended to be used in a lawsuit against the site's main contractor. SCANA has not sued Westinghouse. But several lawsuits have been filed against the utilities.

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