SC ports chief says Jasper terminal on hold

CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - South Carolina's ports chief is putting the brakes on funding for a new terminal on the Savannah River.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that State Ports Authority Chairman Bill Stern wrote a letter Friday saying there was no need for South Carolina to put more money into the joint project with Georgia until the issue of dredging at Savannah Harbor is resolved.

The two states own a 1,500-acre site on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River that has been proposed as a location for a new port.

Georgia has used the site for years to dump spoils from dredging Savannah Harbor. South Carolina officials say a new plan to deepen that waterway would put the Jasper County site out of commission for at least 50 years.

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