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. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.