Cruise terminal opponents want SC permit tossed

By BRUCE SMITHAssociated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Now that a judge has tossed out a federal permit for South Carolina's proposed $35 million passenger cruise terminal, opponents of the project say a state permit should be invalidated as well.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel in September tossed the federal permit, saying the Army Corps of Engineers did not adequately consider the terminal's effects on Charleston's historic district.

A state permit for the project was issued almost a year ago.

Terminal opponents have told a state administrative law judge the state permit was issued based on the fact that water quality reviews were resolved by issuing the federal permit.

They say that now that the federal permit is invalid, the state must conduct its own water quality review of the terminal.

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