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Lawmakers ask police to probe co-owner of failed nuke plant

VC Summer Plant in SC (AP photo)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- One of South Carolina's top lawmakers is asking state police to investigate "potential criminality" on the part of one of the co-owners that has abandoned a multibillion-dollar nuclear power construction project.

House Speaker Jay Lucas on Monday wrote a letter to State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel requesting the investigation. In the missive, Lucas writes that he and other lawmakers believe the collapse of the nuclear reactor project at V.C. Summer "is a direct result of misrepresentation" by South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. and its parent company, SCANA.

The letter was also signed by state Reps. Peter McCoy and Russell Ott, leaders of a House panel looking into the project's failure. That committee next meets Tuesday.

A SCANA spokesman didn't immediately respond to an email message seeking comment.

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