Long-Secret Report Shows How Utility Knew 18 Months in Advance of Multibillion-Dollar Nuclear Plant ‘Fiasco’ It Wants Its Customers to Pay For

first_imgLong-Secret Report Shows How Utility Knew 18 Months in Advance of Multibillion-Dollar Nuclear Plant ‘Fiasco’ It Wants Its Customers to Pay For FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享(Columbia, S.C.) State:S.C. lawmakers Tuesday urged state regulators to block SCE&G from charging its customers any more for the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project, a day after the release of a report that diagnosed critical problems at the construction site about 18 months before its abandonment.That report, completed by Bechtel Corp. in February 2016, shows SCE&G and the state-owned Santee Cooper utility were warned the Fairfield County venture suffered a host of problems, including flawed construction plans, faulty designs and inadequate management of contractors.Lawmakers who read the lengthy report Tuesday say it confirmed that SCE&G – and not its ratepayers – should shoulder any future costs.Kirkman Finlay, R-Richland, who is on a S.C. House committee investigating the nuclear fiasco.Finlay and others say the S.C. Public Service Commission, the state board that has OK’d nine SCE&G rate hikes since 2008 for the nuclear project, should reject any further V.C. Summer-related rate-hike requests from the utility.SCE&G customers already have paid $1.7 billion toward the failed project. In August, the Cayce-based utility filed – then withdrew – a request to charge customers at least another $2.2 billion to shutter the project.However, the Bechtel report could undermine any efforts by SCE&G to recoup those costs.More: Long-secret report could save SCE&G’s customers billionslast_img read more

Two members leaving Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission after nine years

first_imgDES MOINES — Two long-time members of the State Racing and Gaming Commission are retiring from the board when their current terms expire at the end of this month.Carl Heinrich of Council Bluffs and Jeff Lamberti of Ankeny each have served nine years on the body that regulates gambling in the state.Racing and Gaming Commission administrator Brian Ohorilko spoke about the two during the recent commission meeting.“Their patience, vision, and integrity, perspective, fairness, and impeccable judgment have resulted in sound, thoughtful, and consistent decisions — which have generated universal respect — no matter the outcome,” Ohorilko says.Heinrich is the former president of Iowa Western Community College.  He talked about the experience during the recent IRGC meeting.  “It has been an extreme pleasure to serve on this commission,” Heinrich says. “I have to admit when I was first appointed I was a bit apprehensive — because I really did not know the industry well.”He served during a time when the IRGC dealt with many high-profile issues. “I had to learn what was expected of me and to make decisions that I never thought I would make,” Heinrich says.Lamberti is an attorney and businessman who served in the Iowa Legislature before joining the commission. “It’s been a very interesting experience, I am glad I had the opportunity to serve. Nine years is a very lengthy time. I think turnover is good,” Lamberti says.He says his time on the commission was eventful. “During the nine years I think I got to do just about everything…in terms of people seeking expansion to basically putting a license up for bid in Sioux City — to now sports gaming,” according to Lamberti.Many of the issues were controversial — and he says none was tougher than deciding on new gambling license applications. “By far that’s the most difficult decision we have to make. Because it is not only the time and the work and the studies, the communities are very passionate about this, they invest a lot of their time, their effort, their money,” according to Lamberti. “And we take it very seriously You may not like how we vote — or you may like how we vote — but rest assured, we put our time in.”Lamberti says he thought he had seen everything he could when he decided to step down from the commission. And now says he knows that is true after watching the coronavirus pandemic force the closing of all 19 of the state-licensed casinos.Last week’s meeting was their last on the IRGC. A recognition of the two is planned at the July meeting if commissioners are again able to meet in person.last_img read more

NBA playoffs race: East top 8 unchanged, Wolves fall to No. 8 in West

first_imgScarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Closing time: LeBron scores 33, Cavs rally to stun Wizards Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s still seven teams alive in the race for the final five spots out West.FRIDAY’S GAMES— Indiana at Toronto: Raptors can set a franchise record for wins in a season (57) and clinch the No. 1 seed in the East. The Pacers almost certainly need a win to have a realistic chance of opening the playoffs at home.— Cleveland at Philadelphia: Winner will be No. 3 in the East when the night ends, loser will be No. 4.— Atlanta at Washington: The Wizards will try to end a three-game losing streak, but John Wall won’t play.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cleveland rallied from 17 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Washington, which might prove fortunate for both teams. It allowed the Cavaliers to stay No. 3 in the East, and kept Washington in the No. 7 spot — which they might prefer.With Kyrie Irving’s season over, the Boston Celtics don’t look as scary as they once did. And since the Celtics are just about locked into the No. 2 seed, the No. 7 seed might actually look attractive to teams. Milwaukee could have moved into No. 7 on Thursday, but it lost to Brooklyn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson reacts as time runs out in the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 100-96. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with six days remaining in the regular season:EAST UPDATEADVERTISEMENT WEST UPDATEUtah’s easy win over the Los Angeles Clippers put the Jazz on the brink of clinching. Minnesota hurt its cause with a loss to Denver and dropped to No. 8 in the Western Conference. View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This will be the first season since 2000-01 that two teams in the same conference with records above .500 miss the playoffs. It happened to Houston (45-37) and Seattle (44-38) that season, and will happen to two other Western Conference clubs this season.QUOTE OF THE DAY“In general, it’s hard to win an NBA game if you don’t put forth an effort — at all.” — Warriors coach Steve Kerr, after Golden State lost by 20 in Indiana.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next — Chicago at Boston: Celtics’ first game since the Irving-is-done news came out.— Miami at New York: Win keeps Heat in the driver’s seat for No. 6 seed and, possibly, a first-round matchup against LeBron James.— New Orleans at Phoenix: Obviously, not a game the Pelicans can waste, not against a team with the NBA’s worst record.— Minnesota at LA Lakers: The Wolves must win Friday to remain in the top eight out West.— Dallas-Detroit, Charlotte-Orlando and Sacramento-Memphis have no playoff implications.CURRENT BRACKETFirst-round matchups if the season ended Thursday …East: 1-Toronto vs. 8-Milwaukee, 2-Boston vs. 7-Washington, 3-Cleveland vs. 6-Miami, 4-Philadelphia vs. 5-Indiana.West: 1-Houston vs. 8-Minnesota, 2-Golden State vs. 7-New Orleans, 3-Portland vs. 6-Oklahoma City, 4-Utah vs. 5-San Antonio.NOTE OF THE DAY Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIESlast_img read more