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      Environmental group suggests wider SC harbor study

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - An environmental group suggests that when studying deepening the Charleston Harbor shipping channel, the Army Corps of Engineers should consider whether deepening other harbors is a better alternative.

      The Charleston District of the corps has received dozens of comments on a deepening study needed before an estimated $300 million channel deepening project can begin.

      Comments from the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of the Coastal Conservation League suggest the corps review projects elsewhere to determine the true environmental impacts.

      But corps spokesman Doug Garman in Washington said that the deepening studies consider the impacts on a specific area. And he said local partners - in this case the South Carolina State Ports Authority - help pay for the studies.

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