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Lowcountry group designates shore power month

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 1, 2014 at 3:05 am •  Published: February 1, 2014
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A group that wants to see stronger regulation of the cruise industry in Charleston is designating February as Shore Power Now month.

The group known as Charleston Communities for Cruise Control says that using electrical shore power for cruise liners docked in the city would reduce pollution so that the liners don't have to idle at the dock burning fuel.

The group says that two state lawmakers are seeking to earmark state funds so that shore power will be part of a new state cruise terminal proposed for the Cooper River.

Concerns about the pollution and congestion led to legal challenges of the proposed $35 million terminal in federal court and in state Administrative Law Court.