CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says there is now federal money available to continue a study of deepening the Charleston Harbor shipping channel.
Graham told reporters Friday that the $4.2 million comes from a pot of about $460 million included in the federal appropriations bill.
He said he was concerned earlier this year about where to get the money with the Charleston project not included in President Obama's budget and the end of congressional earmarks.
Graham said the $460 million is available for ports projects nationwide that were not included in the budget.
The $20 million Charleston study is a prelude to a $300 million harbor deepening project needed to handle larger ships that will be calling when the Panama Canal is widened in 2014.