Haley vetoes Savannah dredging bill

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has vetoed a bill legislators passed unanimously in their efforts to undo a permit allowing Georgia to expand its Savannah port.

The measure would retroactively suspend the Department of Health and Environment Control's ability to make dredging decisions in the shared Savannah River. Legislators hope it will strengthen their case in court.

Haley calls the measure legislative overreaching into an agency's ruling.

The Republican governor has come under fire for asking the DHEC board she appointed to hear Georgia's appeal last fall, after staff initially denied the water quality certification. Minutes before the appeal, the agency reached a settlement with the Georgia Ports Authority and Army Corps of Engineers.

Legislators complain it gives an unfair competitive advantage to a rival port over Charleston.

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