Conservation groups seek Supreme Court Ruling on Savannah River dredging

March 7, 2012


Five conservation groups asked South Carolina’s top court Tuesday to examine whether the state legally authorized dredging the Savannah River for a major port expansion project in Georgia.The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control had no authority to compromise and approve the more than $600 million port project at Savannah, according to legal papers filed with the S.C. Supreme Court.Environmentalists want the Supreme Court to decide if DHEC overstepped its authority, as they contend, or if the agency properly issued a permit for the project.

The request for a ruling was filed by the S.C. Coastal Conservation League, the Savannah Riverkeeper, the S.C. Wildlife Federation and the Conservation Voters of South Carolina. The Southern Environmental Law Center, a nonprofit legal service, is handling the case for environmentalists. Read full article here.

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