Press Releases

SELC Press Releases

New U.K. Report Marks “Beginning of the end” of Wood Pellet Boom and Harvest of Native Southern U.S. Forests for Pellets

A report released today by the chief science advisor to the UK energy agency on the carbon effects of burning wood biomass for energy will significantly change UK energy policy with implications for the rapidly expanding wood pellet industry. Read More »

Route 29 Solutions Advanced in Regional Transportation Plan

Charlottesville, VA – Today the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) voted unanimously to amend our regional transportation plans to advance a package of smart solutions for Route 29 north of Charlottesville. This vote g... Read More »

State Court Ruling Clarifies All Georgia Waters Protected by Buffers

The Georgia Court of Appeals sided with conservation groups yesterday and ruled that all state waters are protected under Georgia law by a 25-foot vegetative buffer. Read More »

Offshore Wind Energy Within Reach for Atlantic Coast of Virginia

Richmond, VA – Virginia could reap tremendous environmental and economic benefits from offshore wind off our coast, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation, Catching the Wind: State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportuni... Read More »

Governor McAuliffe Forms Climate Change Commission

Governor McAuliffe signed an executive order to establish a Virginia Climate Change Commission to proactively develop a comprehensive plan to protect Virginia’s communities from the impacts of climate change. Southern Environmental Law Center’s Cale Read More »

Clean Water Act Violations from Coal Ash Noticed on Three North Carolina Rivers

The Southern Environmental Law Center today gave notice to Duke Energy and the NC DENR that it plans to enforce the federal Clean Water Act to clean up coal ash pits on the Cape Fear, Neuse, and Yadkin Rivers. Read More »

Changing gears on transportation in Virginia

Virginians recently got a more detailed look at the McAuliffe administration’s transportation approach with a new six-year plan approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board and a major policy address by the governor. These developments suggest a... Read More »

Community Impacts of Controversial Coalfields Expressway Project to Receive Thorough Review

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has announced that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be required to conduct a full environmental review for a controversial 26-mile section of the Coalfields Expressway that would run thro Read More »

Still No Honest Account of $850 Million Monroe Bypass Purpose & Impact

The Southern Environmental Law Center today filed suit in behalf of three conservation groups in United States District Court challenging the latest inadequate review of impacts from the controversial $850 million Monroe Bypass toll highway. Read More »

Federal Court Upholds Successful Balance of Wildlife and Tourism at Cape Hatteras

A federal court today upheld the successful balance of wildlife and tourism at Cape Hatteras National Seashore under U. S. National Park Service management of beach driving by off road vehicles (ORVs). Read More »

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