So reports Gareth McGrath of the Wilmington Star-News.

Earlier this year, the N.C. State Ports Authority placed the proposed megaport on “indefinite hold” after the General Assembly killed funding for a feasibility study for the port. The state had acquired property near the Brunswick nuclear power plant without conducting such a study.

The legislature cut funding thanks to the actions of a local group opposing the project, NoPort Southport, which drew attention in the local media and from Carolina Journal‘s Don Carrington and the News & Observer.

Last week, the Ports Authority decided to “refocus,” having the Department of Environment and Natural Resources ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider digging a deeper shipping channel near Wilmington, expanding capacity at the existing state port.

Once again, sunlight is an excellent disinfectant.