Georgia officials are worried about a potential monkey wrench in the Savannah harbor deepening project. South Carolina environmental officials say, they won't certify that the project meets their state's water quality standards until after a year-long review. Scientists have been studying the issue for 11 years and Georgia officials want the harbor deepened as soon as possible.
Fresh off his appointment to the powerful US House Appropriations Committee, Georgia Republican Congressman Tom Graves says, his anti-earmark pledge applies even to harbor deepening. State officials consider the half-billion-dollar project to deepen the Port of Savannah critical for job creation. But in his first week since being named to the House panel that oversees federal spending, Graves says, he will put the nation's interest first.
The head of the Georgia Ports Authority says, Georgia won't be able to finish a critical harbor deepening project in time for an expansion at the Panama Canal. Larger ships will be sailing through the canal in 2014 and ports officials wanted Savannah's harbor deepened to accomodate larger ships before then.