DHEC: Judge made right call in upholding Charleston cruise permit

The State Ports Authority has been trying for several years to relocate and replace its aging cruise terminal at Union Pier. The long-delayed project has been tied up in court.

Attorneys for South Carolina’s environmental agency say a state judge was correct in upholding an agency permit for a $35 million cruise terminal in Charleston.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control approved the permit in 2012 and a state administrative law judge upheld it last year.

Opponents of the terminal, including preservation, conservation and neighborhood groups have now taken the case to the S.C. Court of Appeals. DHEC attorneys filed their response earlier this week.

Opponents say the project will increase pollution and affect the quality of life in historic Charleston.

The South Carolina Ports Authority wants to replace an aging passenger terminal with a new terminal built at the site of an old waterfront warehouse.