Hearing on Charleston cruise terminal set next month

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has set a public hearing for next month on a contentious $35 million passenger cruise terminal proposed for Charleston’s waterfront.

The Corps has issued a public notice setting an April 12 hearing.

The agency is reviewing an application by the South Carolina Ports Authority for a federal permit to put additional pilings beneath an old warehouse to renovate it for the terminal.

A federal judge tossed out an initial permit saying regulators needed to look at not only the impact of the pilings on the environment, but the larger impact of the terminal on historic Charleston.

The Corps is studying whether a complete environmental impact statement on the project is needed. The new terminal would replace a decades-old terminal now in use.

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