South Carolina Environmental Law Project

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SCELP filed an appeal of judge's ruling over Charleston cruise terminal on behalf of community groups
Posted: April 23, 2014

Neighborhood associations and preservationists are seeking to overturn a state judge's recent decision that tossed out a lawsuit challenging plans for a new cruise ship terminal in downtown Charleston.

The appeal, filed this week with state Court of Appeals, seeks to overturn an April 11 order by S.C. Administrative Law Judge Ralph Anderson III.

Anderson concluded that the groups lacked standing to challenge state permits for a new $35 million cruise terminal the State Ports Authority is trying to open in an old warehouse at the north end of Union Pier.

Anderson's decision said the group "made many allegations and conclusory statements, but have failed to set forth specific, admissible facts to support their allegations and statements."

Blan Holman, a Southern Environmental Law Center attorney representing two of the groups, challenged that statement Tuesday.

"Saying that a woman whose throat burns when a cloud of carcinogenic exhaust envelopes her cannot protect herself and seek cleaner air sounds like something from the Soviet Union, not this country," he said. "This is an unprecedented erosion of citizen rights that we intend to reverse on appeal."

See the full Post and Courier article by Tyrone Richardson, dated April 22, 2014 at: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140422/PC05/140429816/1010/group-appeals-state-judges-decision-regarding-downtown-charleston-cruise-terminal