Allen Amsler, who leads the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control board, said his agency is caught in a political firestorm for simply doing its job, not making a political statement. And Gov. Nikki Haley, who appointed the DHEC board, did not pressure members to approve the dredging, he said.
"We made the decision that was right for the environment and from the permitting side," Amsler said of the Nov. 10 vote to approve a water-quality permit. "This has become a political issue for which we have no involvement. Period."