COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - It looks like South Carolina lawmakers may be split on whether they can force two utilities involved in an abandoned South Carolina nuclear project to refund billions of dollars or stop new rate increases.
Both ideas were included in six bills approved Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee and sent to the House floor when the session begins in January.
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But a Senate committee reviewing the two scuttled reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station appears hesitant to support bills with refunds or rate freezes.
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Several Republicans agreed with Democratic Sen. Brad Hutto who says lawmakers can't get that involved with decisions made by a private company like South Carolina Electric & Gas.
SCE&G and state-owned partner Santee Cooper abandoned the project July 31, after spending more than $9 billion.
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