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Feds appear to be probing possible nuclear project fraud

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Federal authorities could be looking into a possible fraud case related to companies' abandonment of a multibillion-dollar nuclear power construction project in South Carolina.

That's according to a former federal prosecutor who reviewed a subpoena issued to one of the co-owners of the scuttled V.C. Summer project.

Attorney Jim Griffin told The Associated Press on Friday that the subpoena issued this month to Santee Cooper by the South Carolina U.S. Attorney's Office shows federal prosecutors want all information used by an outside engineering firm to compile a 2016 report.

But Griffin says federal authorities likely wouldn't be digging as deeply as they are without also acting on information from a tipster.

Santee Cooper and SCANA both said Thursday they were complying with subpoenas. The companies halted the project July 31.

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