Georgia will pay $33.5 million and turn over 2,000 acres of land it owns in South Carolina to settle a lawsuit by environmentalists and officials in the neighboring state that threatened to further delay the Savannah port expansion.
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Wednesday’s settlement furthers Georgia’s efforts to deepen the Savannah River. Possible next steps:
- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Carolina officials and the judge who mediated the dispute are expected to soon sign off on the settlement.
- Congress or the White House gives final authorization for the $652 million project to proceed.
- Additional environmental tests could take place this summer.
- Deepening the river below the port could proceed later this year.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution has covered what proponents call Georgia’s most significant economic development project since Savannah River deepening studies got underway 15 years ago. The in-depth coverage has included daily updates and lengthy reports, including last year’s Port Wars project.