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3rd official to plead guilty in SC nuclear debacle

FILE - This April 9, 2012 file photo shows construction well underway for new nuclear reactors...
FILE - This April 9, 2012 file photo shows construction well underway for new nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, S.C. Lawmakers have again started debating the future of Santee Cooper, which was a minority partner in the failed project, even before the 2021 General Assembly session began. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, File)(Jeffrey Collins | AP)
Updated: May. 24, 2021 at 5:15 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Court documents show a former official for the contractor hired to build two South Carolina nuclear reactors that were never completed will plead guilty to lying to federal authorities.

Carl Churchman was the Westinghouse Electric Co. project director for the failed plant that cost ratepayers and investors billions of dollars.

Authorities say Churchman lied about whether he communicated with utility executives on completion dates for the reactors..

Utility executives swore construction was on track to keep regulators approving rate increases and maintain support from investors, even though the project fell behind.

Two top-level executives have already pleaded guilty in the multi-year federal fraud investigation.

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