Groups sue over Charleston cruise terminal permits

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Environmental and preservation groups are pursuing a federal lawsuit to challenge plans for a $35 million cruise terminal in South Carolina.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Washington on behalf of the Preservation Society of Charleston and the Coastal Conservation League argues that there should be more federal review of the impacts that expansion of the cruise ship industry could have on the historic city.

Preservation Society executive director Evan Thompson says the groups want a federal court to void a federal permit for the project.

Charleston had only seasonal cruises. But Carnival permanently based its 2,056-passenger liner Fantasy in Charleston in 2010.

The groups have also sued Carnival Cruise Lines in state court. An attorney for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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