SC Ports appeal cruise ruling to 4th Circuit

Proposed cruise terminal (File)

By BRUCE SMITHAssociated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina State Ports Authority is appealing a federal judge's decision tossing out a permit for the planned $35 million cruise terminal in Charleston.

Attorneys filed notice late Thursday that they are appealing to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel tossed out the permit, ruling that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not adequately review the terminal's effects on the city's historic district. Gergel sent the sent the permit back to the Corps, ordering a more complete review.

His ruling came in a lawsuit brought by area residents and environmental groups who say the Corps did not adequately considered the impact of the cruise terminal on the environment and city neighborhoods.

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