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Congress authorizes Charleston Harbor deepening project

The Charleston Regional Business Journal
Liz Segrist
December 12, 2016

Congress has authorized the Charleston Harbor deepening project and sent it to President Barack Obama’s desk for signature — the last step in authorizing the 52-foot harbor depth.

The Senate passed the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act, S.612, on Saturday by a vote of 78-21. The House passed the act, which includes the Water Resources Development Act, by a vote of 360-61.

The bill’s passage gives the Charleston Harbor deepening project full congressional authorization. It also authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers Chief’s Report for the construction phase, “ensuring the project can remain on schedule,” according to a news release from the S.C. State Ports Authority.

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