Harbor deepening progresses

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers is discussing plans to deepen the Charleston Harbor shipping channel.

The so-called scoping meeting is being held Tuesday evening at The Citadel in Charleston.

It's a chance for the public to learn about the process for studying the project. Officials from the corps will be on hand to discuss economics, engineering and environmental aspects of the n study.

The study is to determine if deepening the shipping channel beyond its current 45 feet is economically beneficial and does not harm the environment.

The study is expected to cost $20 million and the deepening project itself another $300 million.

Maritime interests say a deeper channel is needed to handle larger ships that will call once the Panama Canal is widened.