The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday extended the deadline for submitting comments on the proposed deepening of the Savannah Harbor by 15 days to June 5.
The corps produced the final documents on the project, including Final General Re-Evaluation Report and Final Environmental Impact Statement, on April 11 with an initial 30-day comment period that began April 20. The expanded deadline came at the requests from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Southern Environmental Law Center.
The final report suggests the 47-foot depth as the one that provides the greatest net benefits to the nation. Those benefits come from the efficiency derived from larger ships. The reports the amount of cargo coming in and out the port will however remain constant, despite the deepening.
Signing of the Record of Decision, the final step in the process before construction can begin, is still anticipated in late 2012 despite the longer comment period, according to corps officials.