Crime & Courts

Ruling: Conservation groups fighting Clyburn connector can sue

The head of the S.C. Department of Transportation will have to defend in court his agency’s studies on a bridge proposed for the Upper Santee Swamp.

DOT director Buck Limehouse told the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., that he was protected from being sued by conservation groups in federal court. The court disagreed.

Congress has earmarked about $16 million for early work on the $150 million connector between Lone Star and Rimini. A court earlier released the DOT from the suit but left Limehouse as a defendant.

-- From Staff Reports

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