NRC issues safety report for SCE&G nuclear units

Cayce, S.C., August 19, 2011 — South Carolina Electric and Gas Co., a unit of SCANA Corp., completed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's final safety evaluation report for the two new nuclear units at V.C. Summer Station in Jenkinsville, SC.

The NRC, in its FSER, concluded that there are no safety aspects that would preclude issuing the combined construction and operating licenses  for the proposed reactors at the site.

Previously, the NRC staff issued the FSER for the Westinghouse AP1000 reactor design that SCE&G selected for the new units. NRC approval of the AP1000 now moves forward to the rulemaking process.

Issuance of SCE&G's COL is dependent upon completion of the rulemaking process, as well as a mandatory hearing. Completion of the FSER for SCE&G's new units is a prerequisite for the mandatory hearing process to begin.

The schedule continues to support NRC approval of the COL within the company's previously announced timeframe of late 2011 or early 2012.

SCE&G is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to about 664,000 customers in South Carolina.

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