SC Legislature Undoing Environmental Agency Rule

A measure suspending the authority of South Carolina's environmental agency to make dredging decisions is a step away from heading to the governor's desk.
 

The joint resolution is designed to help lawmakers' efforts to undo a water quality permit granted by the Department of Health and
Environment Control, which allows Georgia to expand the Savannah port.
 

The House approved the measure unanimously last week. The Senate followed with unanimous votes Tuesday and Wednesday. The Senate added a clause to the measure before giving final approval Wednesday, which sends it back to the House.
 

The addition clarifies that the suspension that's retroactive to 2007 applies only to the Savannah port issue. Gov. Nikki Haley has drawn criticism for asking her board chairman to hear Georgia's appeal.
 


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