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SC Senate Passes Santee Cooper Reform Bill

Peter McCoy of Charleston was named this week by Gov. Henry McMaster to chair the Santee Cooper Board of Directors.
Russ McKinney
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SC Public Radio
Peter McCoy of Charleston was named this week by Gov. Henry McMaster to chair the Santee Cooper Board of Directors.

After almost four years of investigations, recriminations, hearings and debate following the V-C Summer nuclear debacle, both the South Carolina House and Senate have now passed bills to bring major reform to state owned utility Santee Cooper.

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This week the Senate passed its reform bill, and as expected turned its' back on the idea of selling the utility which is considered one of state government’s greatest assets.

Since the collapse of the giant nuclear project in 2017, Santee Cooper has been under the gun from the legislature for the billions of dollars of debt it was left with, and how the utility’s leadership handled things before and after the collapse.

Russ McKinney has 30 years of experience in radio news and public affairs. He is a former broadcast news reporter in Spartanburg, Columbia and Atlanta. He served as Press Secretary to former S.C. Governor Dick Riley for two terms, and for 20 years was the chief public affairs officer for the University of South Carolina.