SC Supreme Court to hear Savannah River lawsuit

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina Supreme Court is set to decide who gets to regulate the Savannah River.

The justices will hear arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by environmentalists that say the Savannah River Maritime Commission created by South Carolina lawmakers oversees that state's side of the river. Agencies that want to deepen the Savannah River channel to help larger ships get to the Savannah, Ga., port say decisions should be made by South Carolina's environmental board.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control board decided Thursday to wait for the justices to rule before considering a request from the Georgia Ports Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the river.

South Carolina lawmakers are angry at DHEC for approving permits for the $650 million project.

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