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SC Court of Appeals asked to toss cruise permit

CHARLESTON (AP) — Attorneys for neighborhood, preservation and conservation groups have asked the South Carolina Court of Appeals to toss out a permit for a $35 million passenger cruise terminal in Charleston, saying a lower court was wrong in allowing it to stand.

A permit by the Department of Health and Environmental Control almost two years ago allows the State Ports Authority to drive pilings under a riverfront warehouse for the terminal.

Administrative Law Judge Ralph K. Anderson earlier this year upheld the permit saying those challenging it lacked standing to appeal. Attorneys for the local groups say that was wrong and that the permit needs a certification that the project will not harm water quality.

The state and the Ports Authority have until the end of next week to respond.

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