Thousands of records tell story of failed nuclear plant, could lead to SCE&G refunds via The State

In the fall of 2015, inspectors discovered that improperly designed and installed machinery at a massive nuclear expansion project in South Carolina could allow radiation to escape into the surrounding community if problems were not corrected, according to once-secret SCE&G documents.

Such problems weren’t isolated as workers scrambled to build two nuclear reactors northwest of Columbia. Similar flaws are detailed in tens of thousands of documents released recently by SCE&G to environmental groups, whose lawyers hope to use them to prove the utility’s customers deserve refunds for the now-abandoned project.

The legal case, spearheaded by Friends of the Earth and the Sierra Club, could be the fastest route to refunds for SCE&G customers who unwittingly have been forced to pay $2 billion over the past decade for two nuclear reactors that won’t be built.


The 70,000-page records dump, reviewed over the past two weeks by reporters at The State, builds on previous reports about the project’s delays and cost overruns, painting a portrait of a mammoth construction effort in disarray.

The documents show some of the nuclear project’s machinery was built poorly or allowed to fall into disrepair.


Workers were cited as lazy, and some failed or purposely avoided mandatory fitness-for-duty tests.

SCE&G and its junior partner in the project, state-owned Santee Cooper, fought with contractors over invoices for incomplete work and bickered for months about an expensive no-bid contract granted to a subcontractor’s affiliate.

The documents show SCE&G managers tried in vain o push its contractors to improve, even as the power company’s executives publicly offered rosy comments about the nuclear project.

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