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Final arguments before the court in challenge of permit for $35M Charleston cruise terminal

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CHARLESTON, South Carolina — Attorneys have put their final written arguments before a state appeals court in a challenge of a permit for a $35 million Charleston cruise terminal.

Final briefs were filed by both sides this month in a challenge to a Department of Health and Environmental Control permit issued in 2012. The new terminal was first proposed five years ago.

At issue is whether the preservation, conservation and neighborhood groups opposing the permit even have the right to appeal. A state administrative law judge ruled last year the opponents do not. Attorneys for DHEC and the State Ports Authority agree.

Opponents say a terminal will mean more pollution and affect property values and Charleston's quality of life. The state Court of Appeals has not yet set date for oral arguments.

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