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Friday, December 9, 2011 - 2:57am

Groups Sue To Stop Port Deepening

Updated: 2 years ago.
Georgia officials want to deepen the Savannah River to allow a new class of large container ships to call on the Savannah port. (Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Ports Authority.)

Conservation groups are suing to stop Savannah harbor deepening.

The Savannah Riverkeeper, the Southern Environmental Law Center and other groups are challenging a South Carolina agency’s approval of a permit for the dredging of the Savannah River.

They said the agency’s initial denial of the permit was based on sound science indicating the project will destroy the river’s habitat, and they argue the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control should not have reversed itself.

The board’s newly appointed members reevaluated the permit at the request of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

The board approved the permit last month after reaching a settlement with Georgia and the Army Corps of Engineers.

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