Federal officials appear close to granting a key permit for a proposed railroad line which would serve a new Volvo automotive plant in Berkeley County.
The Surface Transportation Board’s draft environmental assessment of the 28-mile Camp Hill line states “impacts on the resources evaluated… were all considered minimal, with the exception of impacts on… wetlands and noise/vibration.”
State-owned Palmetto Railways would operate the line to carry roughly 50,000 finished Volvo automobiles at the Ridgeville plant to a distribution center in Columbia. The vehicles must currently be taken more than 80 miles northwest by truck. [Read more…]