Like other East Coast ports, Savannah is scrambling to deepen its busy shipping channel to make room for supersized cargo ships expected to arrive after the Panama Canal completes a major expansion in 2015. Georgia officials are pushing hard to start dredging this year along the 30 mile channel of the Savannah River that connects the Port of Savannah to the Atlantic Ocean.
ATLANTA (AP) In a letter to Washington, Gov. Nathan Deal said Georgia will do everything it legally can without federal cooperation to move toward deepening the Savannah harbor, a project the governor described as being stuck in "regulatory purgatory."
"We cannot wait any longer to move this important and nationally significant project out of regulatory purgatory," Deal said in his letter.
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accelerate the construction process by all lawful means," said the governor's letter, dated March 11.
refused to budge. The federal government gave its final permission to the project in October 2012, but it's been at a near standstill since then.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks to the media at the Statehouse, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Atlanta. Close to getting underway after 15 years of government studies and delays, the deepening of Savannah's busy shipping channel has struck another political setback with the Obama administration saying it's not ready Air Max 90 Vapor Green
The governor wrote to McHugh because he's the top cabinet official over the Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing the harbor expansion. Deal reiterated what Georgia officials have been saying for the past week that language inserted into the omnibus spending bill approved by Congress and the president in January allows the Army Corps to legally ignore an outdated spending cap placed on the Savannah project in 1999. The water projects bill before Congress would raise that limit by Nike Air Max Brown Womens $193 million to match current cost estimates.
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Georgia will begin spending $231 million in state funds set aside for the harbor expansion to buy land for wetlands mitigation and fund other pieces of the $652 million project that don't require money or approval from Washington, Deal said in his letter to Army Secretary John McHugh.
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Deal and Georgia's congressional delegation were stunned last week when the Obama administration failed to include construction funding for the Savannah project in the president's proposed 2015 budget.
to seek construction funding for the $652 million project and won't let Georgia jumpstart things by using its own money. A day after blasting the White House, saying it broke a promise to Georgians, Gov. Deal said Wednesday there's still preparation work to be done ahead of actual construction. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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