By BRUCE SMITH
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Environmental groups say a federal lawsuit challenging South Carolina's planned $35 million cruise terminal should be heard in Washington because the issue is of national importance.
The groups oppose a request by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the suit be moved to Charleston.
Environmental and preservation groups sued in July to invalidate a corps' permit for the project in which the State Ports Authority plans to renovate an old warehouse as a new terminal.
The corps has said it should be heard in Charleston where the plaintiffs are based.
But the plaintiffs say the case has national significance because the corps' permitting should consider the impacts of projects on historic areas. They say that applies not only in Charleston but nationwide.