Statement from Georgia Ports Authority's Robert Morris, senior director of external affairs:
"DHEC's action today regarding agency jurisdiction is understandable in light of the ongoing case before the SC Supreme Court. We do not think it in any way reflects negatively upon the DHEC decision in November to approve the 401 Water Quality Certification and Coastal Zone Management for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. The Environmental Impact Study and General Re-evaluation Report recently released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is based on 14 years of study that included four federal resource agencies and the resource agencies of both Georgia and South Carolina. The studies also clearly showed that the SHEP will support jobs and reduce costs for America's exporters which is good for this entire region."