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COLUMBIA -- The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBCC) and four co-sponsors will be holding town halls across much of the state to engage the public on the possible sale of Santee Cooper, the state’s financially-troubled agency that provides electricity to much of the state.

The next town hall will be in Orangeburg from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the Orangeburg County Library, 510 Louis St.

“We’re taking this controversial issue about the future of Santee Cooper to the people,” said Frank Knapp Jr., president/CEO of the SCSBCC.

His organization is advocating for the sale of the utility to the private sector in order to eliminate up to $8 billion of the agency’s debt and to close its coal plants in favor of renewable and less-carbon polluting generation.

“The public will have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about the option of selling Santee Cooper, which is the focus of legislation making its way through the General Assembly,” Knapp said.

Joining the SCSBCC in sponsoring this town hall is The Palmetto Promise Institute. Other co-sponsors are the SC Coastal Conservation League, The Horry Independent and Lexington County Chronicle. The town halls are open to the public and are free.

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