Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Agenda: S.C. utilities abandon nuclear projects after billions spent; Charter sponsor program growing

Judge denies Quinn request

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 11:44 AM

click to enlarge The V.C. Summer nuclear plant's expansion outside Columbia has been over budget and behind schedule for years - SCE&G FILE PHOTO
  • SCE&G file photo
  • The V.C. Summer nuclear plant's expansion outside Columbia has been over budget and behind schedule for years

Erskine College in Due West, S.C., a private Christian college which enrolls some 600 students, could begin functioning as a sponsor for public charter schools. The move is one of the first that would make a college a sponsor of the virtual charter school sector, which has produced "dismal academic results." Source: P&C

Both the state-owned electric company Santee Cooper and the private SCE&G parent company voted yesterday to abandon the construction of nuclear reactors that S.C. power customers have already shelled out billions of dollars to build. Regulators will hear from SCE&G today and must approve the move. Source: The State, P&C, AP

S.C. customers could end up footing the bill for the projects, which would have been the first American nuclear plants built in decades as the energy industry was trending away from nuclear power. Source: P&C, WaPo

AP headline: "Billions down the drain..."

More than half of S.C. school districts have applied for waivers from a law that mandates schools administer state tests online. State funding has fallen short to secure the resources needed to comply with the law. Source: The State

A Midlands circuit court judge has denied a request to reconsider a ruling from earlier this year that allowed an S.C. prosecutor to continue an ethics investigation into political consultant Richard Quinn and his son, Republican state Rep. Rick Quinn. Source: P&C

Boeing is reportedly offering voluntary buyouts to some of its North Charleston workers and more layoffs could be on the way. Source: P&C


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