SC regulators deny appeal over nuclear reactors

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An environmental group said Wednesday it may go to court to try to stop South Carolina’s largest private utility from building two nuclear reactors after state regulators threw out the group’s petition to block the project.

Bob Guild, an attorney who represents Friends of the Earth, said he would review the ruling by the Public Service Commission and could decide to appeal the issue to a circuit court. Guild said he did not know how long the group would have to file an appeal of the panel’s decision.

Last month, commissioners approved a request by Scana Corp.-owned South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. to build the two 1,100-megawatt reactors along with Santee Cooper at the same site where the utilities currently run a reactor. The V.C. Summer Nuclear Station is near Jenkinsville, about 25 miles northwest from Columbia.

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