V.C. Summer Station partially evacuated Thursday because of threat to do harm
Jenkinsville, SC – SCE&G’s V.C. Summer nuclear station in Jenkinsville, SC sent some employees home from its new construction site as a precautionary measure Thursday morning because of a threat to do harm to that facility. V.C. Summer is located in Fairfield County, just north of Lexington County.
According to a source who works at the site, those employees were told by their supervisors to leave until security personnel could verify if the threat was credible. The plant was still functioning safely and there wasn’t any immediate hazard to the public, according to the sources we spoke with.
A spokesman for the SC Law Enforcement Division said that SLED was called by Fairfield County for assistance in investigating the threat. Agents did respond to the site, but by 9:45 a.m. those officers had already left the facility.
There has been a great deal of construction going on at the plant over the past few years. The plant is being expanded by SCE&G and new reactors are being added to provide more clean energy for utility customers across the state.
Typically, nuclear facilities are extremely secure. Security officers are well trained and heavily armed to deal with almost any threat.
The Chapin area of Lexington County is our closest community to the nuclear facility. In the event of any emergency, many residents of that community are within the designated evacuation zones.
We have reached out to SCE&G for comment regarding this incident. We are waiting for more details regarding the exact nature of the threat and the status of the facility.
Update: A spokesperson for SCANA said Thursday afternoon that only the new construction area of the site was affected by the threat to the facility.