GA firm sues Oconee County over airport runway

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WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — A Georgia firm hired to extend the runway at the Oconee County airport is suing the county for nearly $2 million, contending the county breached their contract after delays because of a state-ordered suspension of work.

The Anderson Independent Mail reported Tuesday that Plateau Excavation Inc., of Austell, Ga., was hired in 2009 to add 600 feet to the Oconee County Regional Airport.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control halted work on the project in April 2010 when an engineer with a different firm failed to obtain proper permits. The project resumed after certain work was completed and proper permits were issued.

Plateau says it should be paid for the delay. County officials would not comment on the litigation.

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Information from: Anderson Independent-Mail, http://www.andersonsc.com

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