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      US Army Corps appealing SC cruise ruling

      By MEG KINNARDAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is appealing a federal judge's decision tossing out a permit for a planned $35 million cruise terminal in Charleston.

      Attorneys for the Corps filed papers earlier this week appealing that decision to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.

      In September, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ruled that the Army Corps did not adequately review the terminal's effects on the city's historic district, sending the matter back to the Corps for a more complete review.

      The ruling was part of a lawsuit brought by environmental and neighborhood groups who say the Corps should have more extensively studied the impact of the terminal on the environment and city neighborhoods.

      The South Carolina State Ports Authority is also appealing Gergel's decision.

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