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      DHEC defers on Savannah River dredging appeal

      The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control board decided Thursday to wait for the Supreme Court to rule on a lawsuit by environmentalists.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The board that runs South Carolina's environmental agency has decided not to consider a request to allow deeper dredging in the Savannah River, setting up a courtroom showdown next week in the fight over helping bigger ships reach the port in Savannah, Ga.

      The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control board decided Thursday to wait for the Supreme Court to rule on a lawsuit by environmentalists, the Georgia Ports Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The justices will hear arguments Tuesday.

      Supporters of the $650 project are fighting a decision by a committee set up by South Carolina lawmakers to limit the depth of a channel to the Georgia port to just 45 feet. They want it at least two feet deeper.

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