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SC attorney general wants $63M in lawyer fees reduced, bigger rebate for SCE&G ratepayers

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FILE - This Sept. 21, 2016 file photo shows Unit one of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, S.C. Dominion Energy says it’s completed a merger with the South Carolina utility reeling in the wake of a multibillion-dollar nuclear construction failure. The Virginia-based company made the announcement Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 about its deal with SCANA Corp. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

The South Carolina attorney general has joined a private lawyer in asking a judge to reduce the $63 million attorneys are asking as their fee for settling a utility lawsuit.

The attorneys sued South Carolina Electric & Gas and parent company SCANA Corp. for its role in the abandoned construction of two nuclear plants in the state that never generated power.

SCE&G settled the lawsuit for more than $2 billion, much of which was refunded to ratepayers. The sides agreed to pay $63.5 to the attorneys who sued.

But state Attorney General Alan Wilson said in a court filing Wednesday that even more money should go back to ratepayers because the state was a driving force in the settlement. He is joining private Columbia attorney Robert Dodson in the request.