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Sat Oct 12, 2019, 03:51 PM

SC's top utility watchdog retired amid nuclear fiasco. He quietly returned a year later

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The former director of South Carolina’s utility watchdog, who retired last year amid criticism his agency failed to protect South Carolinians from rate hikes for a nuclear plant that was never completed, has been back at the agency for months as a paid consultant.

Dukes Scott is making $4,000 a month to advise the Office of Regulatory Staff, the agency he led from its creation in 2004 until January 2018, on strategy and personnel matters and to provide institutional knowledge.

The 70-year-old former administrative law judge typically works 40 hours to 50 hours a month for the agency, often at its downtown Columbia offices, the agency told The State this week.

In a statement, Regulatory Staff Executive Director Nanette Edwards, who worked under Scott before he retired, said she hired him “to ensure a seamless transition while retaining access to historical information to which only the prior executive director of ORS would be privy.

Read more: https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article235992928.html

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