Sierra Club, NAACP call for answers from MS Power

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Sierra Club and now the NAACP are calling for answers from Mississippi Power.

WLOX News first reported Monday that the Mississippi Public Service Commission is reviewing Mississippi Power's financial records for 2012, after learning the company withheld information about the Kemper County power plant.

That plant, under construction and slated to open in 2014, is millions and millions of dollars over budget.

A statement from the Sierra Club said, in part, "The Kemper project is a billion dollars over budget, the Southern Company acknowledges that Mississippi Power's accounting controls are inadequate, and Mississippi Power's CEO is accused of withholding cost information from regulators. Kemper is disastrously out of control, and immediate action is needed to protect the ratepayer and the environment."

The environmental group also wants the PSC to reverse the customer rate increase it approved for Mississippi Power to pay the Kemper County plant.

The NAACP said, "The callousness of the almost billion dollar cost overrun is unconscionable."

"We hope that when the shareholders meet at its annual meeting on Wednesday that they will go beyond consideration of their bottom line and reflect on the protection, well-being and financial constraints of its rate payers," the statement read.

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