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Dredging Permit

Hilton Head Island, SC: (Feb-6-08) The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) brought charges against two companies, the South Island Dredging Association and Safe Harbor Sediment Recovery of Savannah, alleging that they were involved in a three-month project in 2003 to remove about 140,000 cubic yards of dredge spoil from the Harbour Town Yacht Basin, Braddock Creek, Baynard Cove, and Gull Point and South Beach marinas. In 2004, the DHEC accused the companies of violating the Pollution Control Act and the Coastal Zone Management Act.

As part of a settlement reached, the department also levied a $494,000 fine against the two dredging companies. Records show the fine led the dredging companies to file an appeal with the Administrative Law Court. The companies claimed that they should not have to pay fines because they did not violate their dredging permits. The project manager at the time, Michael Hayhurst, whose federal criminal case stalled the lawsuit, said he thought the permits allowed dumping in the sound. He was found not guilty on several charges related to the dumping in June 2006. In a recent development in the case, sources stated that a settlement has been reached in the Caribous Sound dredging case, ending years of legal wrangling between the parties. [MYRTLE BEACH ONLINE: DREDGING PERMIT]

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Published on Feb-8-08


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