COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – There’s still equipment sitting at the abandoned nuclear construction site near Columbia. Now, Santee Cooper says it owns all of it.
The state-owned utility filed a federal complaint so they can get a formal declaration that they own the equipment, not Westinghouse.
The contractor declared bankruptcy in 2017. Months later, Santee Cooper and its partner, SCANA, walked away from the V.C. Summer project.
Santee Cooper claims Westinghouse hasn’t paid to maintain or preserve the equipment since March 2017.
Santee Cooper’s vice president and general counsel, J. Michael Baxley Sr. said Westinghouse has no legal claim to this equipment.
He goes on to say: “Westinghouse never listed this equipment among assets that bankruptcy code required it to disclose, nor did Westinghouse claim this equipment when it retrieved assets left behind after it walked off the site on July 31, 2017.”
Santee Cooper is the sole owner of V.C. Summer.
Back in December, SCAN handed overs its ownership to the state-owned utility.