Senators ask for special session after VC Summer shutdown

In this Friday, June 13, 2014 photo, construction continues on a new nuclear reactor at Plant Vogtle power plant in Waynesboro, Ga. The first two reactors being built in 18 years, Southern Co.'s Vogtle plant in Georgia and SCANA Corp.'s VC Summer plant in South Carolina, are being assembled in large modules. Large chunks of the modules are built off-site, in an effort to improve quality and avoid the chronic cost overruns that all but killed the nuclear industry when the first wave of plants was being built in the 1960s and 1970s. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Senate Majority and Minority leaders have requested for the General Assembly to reconvene after the V.C. Summer shutdown.

The project was under construction in Fairfield County to build two nuclear reactors. Due to being billions of dollars over budget SCANA and Santee Cooper voted to shut the project down on Monday, causing more than 5,000 people to be without work.

The utility companies blamed now bankrupt construction company, Westinghouse and subcontractor Fluor Daniel for the failures of this project.

The Baseload Review Act that passed in 2007, allowed utility companies to increase utility users rates to pay for future projects. On Wednesday, a bi-partisan energy caucus was formed by state legislators to focus on that Act and what can be done to better protect utility customers.

In a press release, the Majority and Minority leaders want the General Assembly to reconvene to consider a joint resolution haulting new action on the VC Summer Project until the legislature has a chance to vote on any legislation during the 2018 session.

Here’s the letter that was sent to President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman:

Joint_Letter_VC_Summer_Aug_4