By MEG KINNARD
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Two South Carolina power customers are suing the board of state-owned utility Santee Cooper, accusing it of unconstitutionally raising rates to pay for a failed nuclear power plant project.
The lawsuit obtained Saturday by The Associated Press was filed Aug. 23 in Berkeley County, where Santee Cooper is located.
The abrupt end left thousands jobless and brought a backlash from lawmakers and customers, who have spent about $2 billion on the project through rate hikes. Santee Cooper's customers paid more than half a billion of that.
The lawsuit is seeking class-action status. Santee Cooper didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.