Lawmakers from Georgia and South Carolina are pledging to hold additional meetings to discuss water issues along the Savannah River. Georgia lawmakers spent several hours visiting to the Statehouse in Columbia yesterday.
Court-ordered mediation in a federal lawsuit challenging the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel resumes this week. Attorneys for both sides meet behind closed doors in federal court in Charleston again Wednesday.
Federal accounting watchdogs say a facility near Augusta designed to convert weapons-grade plutonium into commercial reactor fuel is $2 billion over budget. A General Accountability Office report issued last week also says the mixed-oxide or MOX plant is years behind schedule.
Two days of court-ordered mediation were slated to get under way in a federal lawsuit challenging the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel. Attorneys for both sides were scheduled to meet today and tomorrow in Charleston in sessions overseen by former South Carolina U.S. Rep. John Spratt.
Both sides in a lawsuit over dredging the Savannah River are set to sit down next week and try to resolve their issues. A federal judge this week ordered that all parties meet with court-appointed mediator former U.S. Rep. John Spratt on Oct. 25 and 26 at the federal courthouse in Charleston.
Another South Carolina agency wants to enter the federal lawsuit challenging the $650 million dredging of the Savannah River shipping channel. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control says it should be allowed to participate because it would have to issue a Pollution Control Act permit for the dredging if the court requires one.
The Georgia Ports Authority wants to enter a federal lawsuit challenging the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel. The authority also wants to block the Savannah River Maritime Commission, a South Carolina state agency, from being involved in the case.