Environmental groups threaten to sue SC, feds over seawalls

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Posted: Jun 18, 2016 2:10 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two environmental groups are threatening to sue South Carolina and the federal government if they don't protect sea turtles from new hard plastic seawalls first installed on beaches a few years ago.

The State newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1Qd4FvH ) the state Sierra Club and Wildlife Federation sent a notice giving the government 60 days to act.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control says it is investigating a picture of turtle tracks leading to a wall and other reports the seawalls are blocking turtle nests.

Lawmakers allowed the seawalls as part of an experiment to see if officials could stop erosion and protect turtles.

Isle of Palms Republican Sen. Chip Campsen says the walls were put in heavily eroded areas where the sand is too packed for sea turtle nests.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com