Judge urged to rule in cruise terminal lawsuit

Judge urged to rule in cruise terminal lawsuit


Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The two sides in a lawsuit challenging South Carolina's expanded cruise industry want a federal judge to rule in their favor without a trial.

The case involves a challenge by environmentalists to an Army Corps of Engineers permit for a $35 million cruise terminal in Charleston. They lay out their positions in court filings for summary judgment obtained by the Associated Press.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Douglas argues a permit issued last year to put new pilings under a warehouse being converted into the terminal was proper. He says the work amounts to maintenance work on an existing structure.

Blan Holman of the Southern Environmental Law Center says the work is not maintenance when the use of the building is being changed and will have impacts far beyond the waterfront.

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