The City of North Charleston is taking the rail line battle to federal court, thus legally leapfrogging the state in their complaint.
The issue: North Charleston and the State Ports Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2002 to build rail lines at the southern end of the port. Now, the state wants to build the rail at the northern end, but North Charleston and its mayor say they will fight to protect the redeveloped residential and business community in that area, one of the fastest growing areas of the state.
The city giving its mandatory 60-day notice to sue the Corps over its non-response over an environmental impact statement (EIS) that may now be moot, since it was based on a southern plan for rail access. The EIS was a part of the memorandum of understanding. Summey and the city want to know the environmental implications of a redirected rail plan and say the Corps have not responded over the past five months.
Some lawmakers are saying the state’s power trumps the agreement between the Ports Authority and the city. This has prompted the city to take further action.