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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 2:31am

S.C. Attorney General Joins Port Fight

Updated: 3 years ago.
South Carolina initially denied the Corps' application in September to deepen the Savannah River, citing environmental concerns. Last week, its board approved a compromise with Georgia officials and the Corps. (Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Ports Authority.)

South Carolina's attorney general has agreed to represent the Savannah River Maritime Commission in its opposition to Georgia's plans to dredge the river channel shared with South Carolina.

A spokesman for Attorney General Alan Wilson said Tuesday he would represent the commission that South Carolina legislators created in 2007. Wilson's decision comes a day after the commission voted unanimously to declare invalid the water quality permit approved by the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control.

DHEC officially signed the permit Tuesday.

The Army Corps of Engineers sought the permit to dredge about 35 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the Port of Savannah.

South Carolina initially denied the Corps' application in September, citing environmental concerns. Last week, its board approved a compromise with Georgia officials and the Corps.

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