Press Release: Noble: Too Little, Too Late: Entire Santee Cooper Board Should be Fired, Special Prosecutor Appointed
(Charleston, SC – December 11, 2017) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Noble says Governor Henry McMaster is dragging his feet on restoring confidence in Santee Cooper in the wake of a massive scandal that has jeopardized the future capacity of the state’s power grid and cost South Carolinians billions.
“The entire Board needs to go, and a special prosecutor with broad investigatory powers appointed,” Noble said. “Having an ethically-challenged governor investigate a scandal-ridden agency for its role in the biggest corporate crime in state history does not exactly inspire optimism.”
Noble said that corporate officials of SCANA and executives at Santee Cooper should at least return their pay and bonuses since they first found out the V.C. Summer nuclear station project was in trouble. Noble said McMaster’s current feud with Santee Cooper Chairman Leighton Lord is little more than a “hissing contest between the Trump and Bannon wings of the state Republican Party.”
The collapse of the nuclear project resulted in the loss of nearly 6,000 jobs at a cost to customers and taxpayers of at least $9 billion.