- Associated Press - Friday, December 8, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Latest on South Carolina’s governor calling for the firing of the state-owned utility’s board chairman (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

The chairman of South Carolina’s state-owned utility says the governor’s letter saying he failed to turn over documents over a pair of failed nuclear reactors is completely wrong.

Gov. Henry McMaster told Santee Cooper Board Chairman Leighton Lord on Friday that he intended to fire Lord in 10 days.

McMaster says Lord purposefully did not turn over all the documents he has asked for concerning the two nuclear reactors that were being built at the V.C. Summer plant and has avoided legislative hearings on the failed reactors.

Lord says he hasn’t decided whether to fight the firing. His deadline is next Friday.

Lord says he was appointed by the previous governor Nikki Haley and will do what is best for Santee Cooper and the state.

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2:55 p.m.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster plans to fire the man who leads the state-owned utility involved in the abandoned construction of two nuclear reactors which have cost billions of dollars.

McMaster wrote a letter Friday to Santee Cooper Chairman Leighton Lord saying he plans to remove him in 10 days unless Lord responds by next Friday.

McMaster says he thinks Lord has purposefully not turned over all the documents he has asked for concerning the two nuclear reactors that were being built at the V.C. Summer plant.

The governor also thinks Lord has intentionally avoided legislative hearings on the failed reactors.

Santee Cooper partnered with private company SCANA Corp.

South Carolina ratepayers have spent nearly $2 billion on the project.

Lord didn’t immediately respond to a phone call or email.


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