Post Tagged with: "nuclear"

Abortion rights supporters protested outside the Statehouse this week to urge Gov. Nikki Haley to veto a ban on almost all abortions after 19 weeks.  She didn’t.  More below in this weeks’ news analysis.  (Photo provided.)

NEWS BRIEFS:  Abortion politics; Dissecting a meltdown; Pressure play

Gov. Henry McMaster on Friday morning issued an executive order halting any local or state funds that go toward the state’s three abortion providers. He is also seeking to exclude the clinics from the state’s Medicaid provider network. Also inside:
* The latest on the debacle over two nuclear plants.
* A councilman wants a House seat.

by · 08/25/2017 · News, News briefs
MY TURN: Voters can go “nuclear” to stop rewarding incompetence

MY TURN: Voters can go “nuclear” to stop rewarding incompetence

By Jim Rex, special to Statehouse Report  |  As residents of South Carolina wait patiently for the [Solicitor] David Pascoe corruption investigation of South Carolina legislators and others to reach what will almost assuredly be a repugnant and embarrassing conclusion for our state and its citizens,  we have been reminded that a culture deficient in accountability for its elected and appointed representatives will inevitably find multiple ways to set aside the interests of the many to satisfy the wishes of the few.

The nuclear plants’ fiasco in Fairfield County has proven, yet again, that too many of our elected and appointed representatives are not willing to take on powerful corporations when they take advantage of consumers and taxpayers.

BRACK:   The General Assembly isn’t filled with policy Einsteins

BRACK:   The General Assembly isn’t filled with policy Einsteins

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |   The list of recent big policy failures by the South Carolina General Assembly is downright impressive.

First is transportation infrastructure, which got into a deplorable condition during the 28 years it took state lawmakers to raise the gas tax so it could deal with $40 billion of highway needs, potholes, bridges and deferred maintenance.  At least they finally boosted the gas sales tax this year to start fixing the problem.  But they’ll have to come back to it because they didn’t index the sales tax hike to inflation.

Next is the state’s pension system for employees, which rang in as a $24 billion problem.  A few years back, lawmakers decided to raise the expected return on investment to a completely unrealistic level.  As a result – and in combination with the Great Recession and a whole bunch of really bad investment decisions – the value of the pension fund sank like a lead balloon.

by · 08/11/2017 · Andy Brack, Commentary
NEWS: Lawmakers, nonprofits seek remedy for stalled nuclear construction

NEWS: Lawmakers, nonprofits seek remedy for stalled nuclear construction

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent  |  The construction of two nuclear towers at the V.C. Summer plant in Jenkinsville is continuing to shine a spotlight on a 2007 law that lawmakers and two nonprofits say enables unneeded or risky energy projects, while consumers unfairly shoulder those costs.

Friends of the Earth and Sierra Club this week released a report, “Failure of the Nuclear Gamble in South Carolina,” which focused on their June 22 complaint to a state regulatory agency that the $14-billion project should be halted and ratepayers should be reimbursed.

The V.C. Summer plant expansion project is owned 55 percent by SCANA’s South Carolina Electric & Gas and 45 percent by state-owned utility Santee Cooper. …

by · 07/21/2017 · News
Construction at the Summer site.

NEWS: Will S.C.’s new reactors melt down like roads, pensions?

By Bill Davis, senior editor | There are several “nightmare scenarios” swirling around two incomplete and incredibly expensive nuclear reactors being built in the Midlands in Jenkinsville and what damage they could do to ratepayers’ wallets.

The ongoing work on the reactors, a joint effort of Santee Cooper and SCE&G, at the V.C. Sumner facility appears to be over budget and behind schedule, according to company documents.

But what’s more concerning to many is that the company building the reactors, Westinghouse, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the face of what may be billions of dollars of corporate losses. Westinghouse’s parent company, Japan’s Toshiba, has promised an unknown amount of money to help guarantee completion, according to published reports.

by · 04/21/2017 · News
SCORECARD:  From students and reaching out to too many losses

SCORECARD: From students and reaching out to too many losses

Thumbs up to MUSC students on asking for a review of an alleged cheatins scandal; U.S. House on harbor deepening; fewer foreclosures; and SC Equality PAC’s outreach. In the middle for SRS. Thumbs down on the Townville shooting and loss of a young judge.

by · 09/30/2016 · Features, Scorecard
V.C. Summer Nuclear Station Unit 1, 2013.  Source:  DJSlawSlaw, via Wikimedia.

COUICK: Best decision made for two nuclear units

By Michael N. Couick, special to Statehouse Report | The consumers’ advocates at the state Office of Regulatory Staff negotiated an important settlement that could have a positive effect on millions of South Carolina electricity users, and we hope the state Public Service Commission will agree.

The agreement was reached between SCE&G and a number of parties, including electric cooperatives, that intervened in an SCE&G request to the PSC about construction contract changes for two nuclear power units being built near Columbia. The agreement grew out of SCE&G’s request for a so-called “fixed price option,” which the utility claimed would provide more cost-certainty for a project that has gone several billion dollars over budget so far.

by · 09/30/2016 · Commentary, My Turn
SCORECARD:  From civil rights and education to overtime and Google

SCORECARD: From civil rights and education to overtime and Google

Thumbs up for the Smithstonian Institute, state Supreme Court and the state’s aerospace cluster. In the middle for our still-too-high rate of domestic violence and political bedfellows. Thumbs down for students not being read for college, nuclear safety, overtime and Google’s thirst.

by · 09/23/2016 · Features, Scorecard