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Report urges end of nuclear power plant project in Midlands

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Environmental groups are urging South Carolina's utility regulators to stop the construction of nuclear reactors already years behind schedule and return billions in cost overruns to consumers.

A report released Tuesday by the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth calls SCE&G's two new nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville a failed nuclear gamble.

Its author, Mark Cooper with the Vermont Law School, says abandoning the project can prevent an expensive mistake from becoming a catastrophic one. The report is being submitted to the Public Service Commission ahead of an October hearing.

SCE&G customers have funded the reactors for years through a series of rate hikes approved by commissioners.

The utility's plans are uncertain. The contractor building the reactors filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year.

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