Tue., June 5, 2012 9:00am (EDT)

SC Supreme Court Hears Deepening Case
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

COLUMBIA, S.C.  —  
Agencies that want to deepen the Savannah River channel to help larger ships get to the Savannah port say decisions about the river should be made by South Carolina's environmental board. The South Carolina Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday from environmentalists that the Savannah River Maritime Commission created by South Carolina lawmakers oversees that state's side of the river. (Photo Courtesy of Georgia Ports Authority.)
Agencies that want to deepen the Savannah River channel to help larger ships get to the Savannah port say decisions about the river should be made by South Carolina's environmental board. The South Carolina Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday from environmentalists that the Savannah River Maritime Commission created by South Carolina lawmakers oversees that state's side of the river. (Photo Courtesy of Georgia Ports Authority.)
The South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit that will decide which of the state's agencies is responsible for the health of the Savannah River.

The outcome concerns Georgia since the agencies have taken different stances on Savannah harbor deepening. Environmental groups say, South Carolina lawmakers gave the authority to the Savannah River Maritime Commission, which has a dim view of the project.

But the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says, it has jurisdiction. South Carolina officials are angry at the department for approving project permits. Congress, federal agencies and federal courts have the final say over the federal waterway.