House members and senators agreed to work to undo a controversial Georgia port expansion project deal.
House members unanimously agreed with Senate amendments to a measure that says the Department of Health and Environmental Control board overstepped its authority when it granted a water quality permit to Georgia. The permit helped clear the way for an expansion project at the Savannah port which competes with the Charleston port.
Lawmakers have decried the DHEC vote, claiming it will hurt South Carolina environmentally and economically. A lawsuit is in the works with state Attorney General Alan Wilson representing lawmakers’ viewpoint.
Gov. Nikki Haley, who appointed the DHEC board, has stood by the permit decision. Her spokesman said she will veto the bill because it is an overstep of the Legislature’s authority.
-- Gina Smith