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Isakson: Moving Toward Home Plate on Dredging

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Senator Johnny Isakson says he is certain that the project to deepen the Savannah River will begin this year. He says "we're rounding third base and moving toward home plate on this after thirteen years."

Isakson does say the federal portion of the $600 million project cost still needs to be secured. Isakson told reporters he is having dinner with President Obama on Wednesday. "I told him the harbor deepening is the first thing I plan to bring up," Isakson said.

Isakson says the Port is the best asset the state of Georgia has. Several groups have sued over the dredging project, citing concerns over environmental impacts in South Carolina that would be caused by the deepening. Those plaintiffs have been involved in mediation with the Corps of Engineers since January.

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