With action underway by the federal government to approve applications for seismic air gun testing off the Atlantic Coast, plaintiffs in a lawsuit to stop the practice filed a motion for preliminary injunction Wednesday morning in federal court in Charleston, S.C.

The plaintiffs and plaintiff-intervenors include several conservation groups — including Georgia’s One Hundred Miles — a number of coastal South Carolina municipalities and 10 states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina, though South Carolina filed separately from the other states.

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