Santee Cooper, Conway discuss plans for smokestack site

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) – Santee Cooper and Conway officials are discussing the future of the site of the former Grainger plant, which the city is interested in buying.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports (http://bit.ly/24JNaHt) Santee Cooper wants to convert the 12-acre property into an industrial site. City leaders are interested in buying the property for a recreational area, such as a park.

For 50 years, the 300-foot smokestacks of the coal-fired Grainger Generating Station sat on the property. The smokestacks were destroyed last month.

Ray Pinson of Santee Cooper didn’t dismiss the idea when a city council member asked Friday if the state-run utility would be interested in selling the land. He said the utility would consider any offer.

Pinson said two coal ash ponds will be gone by 2023.

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