BRADENTON, Fla. — A federal judge in South Carolina this week ruled that the Georgia Ports Authority and the Savannah River Maritime Commission can intervene in a lawsuit filed by environmentalists against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The complaint centers on whether the Corps, in its review process for Georgia’s long-planned $650 million harbor dredging project at the Port of Savannah, failed to get a pollution permit from neighboring South Carolina.

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