Statement on State Ruling in Charleston Cruise Ship Terminal Case
CHARLESTON, S.C.–“The decision is a wrong and dramatic departure from legal decisions recognizing that people have the right to challenge unlawful pollution. We’re talking with our clients about an immediate appeal to restore the rights of South Carolinians to curb pollution that harms their health.
“The court went so far as to say that a citizen who lives next door to a pollution source and literally sees and tastes the diesel soot pollution has no right to defend herself and others from increased pollution. That is a shocking departure from existing law and would leave families completely at the mercy of big polluters.”
“The court theorized that building a $35 million terminal designed to home-base much larger cruise ships won't lead to larger cruise ships coming there. That defies common sense and presumes our state ports authority just wants to waste millions in public money.”
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