South Carolina officials join forces to clean air

CHARLESTON, SC - CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina ports officials and the state health department are renewing their partnership to clean up the air.

Officials of the South Carolina State Ports Authority and the Department of Health and Environmental Control sign a renewed partnership agreement on Wednesday in North Charleston, where the authority is building a new container terminal.

Earlier this month, Gina McCarthy, an assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, visited a terminal in Mount Pleasant to acknowledge efforts to clean the air.

The EPA recognized the authority for using stimulus money to retrofit cargo handling and other port diesel equipment so there is less pollution.

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