After years of battling between environmental groups and federal officials, a federal judge in South Carolina has approved a settlement allowing Savannah's harbor deepening to proceed. The settlement approved by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel in Charleson allows the project to move forward with additional protections for water quality.
Georgia officials say they're taking a closer look at having state taxpayers pay a larger upfront share to begin deepening the waterway to the bustling Port of Savannah. The federal government's share of the $652 million project is proving tough to get.
Settlement talks involving attorneys in a federal lawsuit over the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel have been delayed. Attorneys were to have started two days of mediation in Charleston on Thursday aimed at settling the suit.