SC utility: Emissions reduction will hurt economy

By BRUCE SMITHAssociated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - One of South Carolina's major utilities is warning a federal proposal that the state cuts its power plant carbon dioxide emissions by more than half by 2030 will increase the cost of power and drive away industry.

Santee Cooper spokeswoman Mollie Gore says the percentage reduction proposed for South Carolina is greater those required of 47 other states.

She says the state-owned utility has cut emissions 23 percent during the past decade using the steps the Environmental Protection Agency is suggesting for a new round of emission cuts.

South Carolina Electric & Gas officials are reviewing the proposal. Spokesman Eric Boomhower says when two new nuclear reactors come on line, 60 percent of the utility's generation will come from sources that don't produce greenhouse gases.

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