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SELC Statement on New EPA Clean Water Act Guidance following U.S. Supreme Court Decision

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—The Southern Environmental Law Center issued the following statement by Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, regarding EPA’s issuance today of Clean Water Act guidance for polluters in light of...

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Groups Challenge Trump Administration Rule Allowing More Toxic Wastewater from Coal Plants

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Representing groups from communities near and downstream of coal plants in the Carolinas, the Southern Environmental Law Center today challenged the Trump administration’s rewrite of a rule—known as the Effluent Limitation...

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Alabama regulators roll out first of several coal ash permits

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management announced the first draft coal ash permit for Alabama Power’s Plant Miller, the first of several draft permits the utility is seeking in order to cap over millions of cubic yards of coal ash in place...

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Administration Weakens Rule that Limits Toxic Wastewater from Coal Plants

WASHINGTON - In response to the Trump administration’s rollback of a crucial rule--known as Effluent Limitation Guidelines or ELG for power plants--aimed at limiting coal plants’ ability to dump toxic pollution into rivers and lakes, Frank Holleman,...

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Dominion Energy agrees to pay $1.4M fine years after saying toxic water dump was legal

Dominion Energy has agreed to pay $1.4 million in fines after allegations that it violated seven state and federal environmental laws at two separate power stations, including an instance where Dominion secretly and illegally dumped more than 27 mill...

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SELC op-ed: Cap-in-place is pollute-in-place when it comes to coal ash

Senior Attorney Frank Holleman recently wrote a response in Utility Dive to industry executives claiming that cap-in-place is a fine solution for tons of coal ash, a toxin-laden waste stored at coal-fired power plants across the country. Unregulated...

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SELC op-ed: Holleman highlights communities’ role in coal ash settlement

An article penned by Senior Attorney Frank Holleman recently appeared on WRAL. In it, Holleman details the bravery and strength required by the communities most impacted by North Carolina’s coal ash to take on one of the state’s strongest entities an...

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N.C. settlement results in largest coal ash cleanup in America

In a historic settlement SELC reached with Duke Energy and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality today, approximately 80 million tons of toxic coal ash are now slated for excavation at six Duke Energy coal ash sites. “This agreement...

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NC Settlement Results in Largest Coal Ash Cleanup in America

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—The Southern Environmental Law Center today announced it reached a settlement with Duke Energy and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality to clean up coal ash at six North Carolina sites on behalf of Appalachian Voices,...

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Utility completes required excavation of tons of coal ash

COLUMBIA, SC — Dominion Energy has finished excavating 3.5 million tons of arsenic-contaminated coal ash from its Wateree Station on the banks of the Wateree River, fulfilling a mandate from a court settlement finalized in 2012. The settlement...

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Administration Proposes Gutting Rule that Limits Toxic Wastewater from Coal Plants

WASHINGTON - In response to the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of a crucial rule--known as Effluent Limitation Guidelines or ELG for power plants--aimed at limiting coal plants’ ability to dump toxic pollution into rivers and lakes, Frank...

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Proposed coal ash rollbacks put communities in danger

Next week, the Environmental Protection Agency will hold its first-ever virtual public hearing for folks to weigh in on some of the agency’s proposed coal ash rollbacks, which will remove critical requirements currently in place to keep people safe....

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Court confirms state’s authority to require Duke Energy coal ash clean-up

After the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality ordered Duke Energy to excavate six of its coal ash sites this spring, the utility challenged the state’s order. Last week, an administrative judge confirmed DEQ’s authority to choose how t...

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New reports confirm Georgia Power’s coal ash pits are submerged in groundwater

New evidence confirms that Georgia Power’s unlined coal ash pits slated to be capped in place are already submerged in groundwater, which the utility intends to use as a permanent waste dumping ground. Not only is that illegal under state and federa...

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New Reports: GA Power Coal Ash Submerged in Groundwater

Atlanta, GA—New evidence confirms that Georgia Power’s unlined coal ash pits proposed to be capped in place are submerged in groundwater, and that the utility seeks to close its ash ponds by using Georgia’s groundwater as a permanent waste dumping...

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Court confirms NC authority in coal ash cleanup

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—A North Carolina administrative law judge today confirmed the state of North Carolina’s authority to require cleanup of Duke Energy’s coal ash pollution of groundwater, dismissing part of Duke Energy’s challenge to the state’s...

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SELC op-ed: Duke Energy would rather fight than do what is right when it comes to coal ash

SELC Senior Attorney Frank Holleman tackles the topic of Duke Energy's coal ash management in this News and Record op-ed. His thoughts? For starters, the utility should stop litigating and lobbying, apologize to North Carolina for its coal ash mess,...

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United States, North Carolina and Virginia File Suit Against Duke Energy for Harm from Dan River Coal Ash Spill

Chapel Hill, N.C.—The following is a statement from Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, regarding a complaint filed today in federal court by the U.S. Department of Justice, North Carolina, and Virginia against...

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SELC op-ed: Duke Energy doesn’t want you to know the truth about Sutton Lake

After Duke University scientists announced that Duke Energy has repeatedly polluted Sutton Lake near Wilmington with its coal ash, it responded with a misleading statement calling Sutton Lake “a manmade wastewater facility.” This statement is wrong,...

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State of Tennessee and Conservation Groups Reach Settlement over Gallatin Coal Ash Pollution

Nashville, TN – The State of Tennessee’s Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and two public interest conservation groups entered into a pair of settlement agreements with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to resolve a state lawsuit...

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TN Coal Ash Cleanup Larger than 7 Duke Energy Pits

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—A Tennessee utility today agreed to excavate 12 million tons of coal ash from its unlined disposal pit near Nashville – a site larger than seven of the nine unlined coal ash pits that Duke Energy has been directed to excavate...

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TVA announces big coal ash clean up after state, SELC sue

Millions of tons of coal ash will be moved out of unlined leaking pits upriver of Nashville thanks to a settlement announced today. The State of Tennessee’s Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and two public interest conservation groups...

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More pollution found at Duke Energy coal ash sites

Duke Energy’s own reports required to be made public by the national Coal Combustion Residuals rule (CCR rule) and filed last week disclose that more toxic substances than previously reported are polluting the water at its coal ash sites across North...

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More Pollution by More Toxic Substances Found at Duke Energy Coal Ash Sites

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--More toxic substances are polluting the water at Duke Energy coal ash sites across North Carolina, according to public reports by the company required under a federal law.  At three sites where Duke Energy wants to leave coal ash...

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Filing defends N.C. order requiring Duke Energy to clean up 6 coal ash sites

Community groups represented by SELC today moved to intervene in appeals filed by Duke Energy attempting to avoid cleaning up its coal ash pollution at six sites in North Carolina. At those sites, Duke Energy stores toxic coal ash in unlined, leaking...

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Groups Move to Defend N.C. Order that Duke Energy Must Clean Up Coal Ash Pollution at Six Sites

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—Community groups represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center moved to intervene in appeals filed by Duke Energy in the N.C. Office of Administrative Hearings in which Duke Energy tries to avoid cleaning up its coal ash...

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SELC Stmt Re Duke Energy Fighting NC Coal Ash Cleanup in OAH

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--Below is a statement from Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, regarding Duke Energy’s filing today in the state Office of Administrative Hearings opposing a N.C. Department of Environmental...

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Duke Energy chooses coal ash litigation over clean water and communities

Today North Carolina-based Duke Energy announced it will fight last week’s state order requiring it to clean up its coal ash pollution at six unlined, leaking sites where it stores toxin-laden coal ash sitting in groundwater next to rivers and lakes....

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Duke’s Refusal to Clean Up its Coal Ash Pollution Slap in the Face of N.C. Communities

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—The Southern Environmental Law Center released the following statement by Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, regarding Duke Energy’s announcement that it will fight the state order requiring...

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North Carolina orders Duke Energy to clean up its coal ash pollution

After hundreds of North Carolina residents came out to meetings and called for Duke Energy’s coal ash to be moved to dry lined storage out of groundwater and away from waterways, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality today announced...

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North Carolina Orders Duke Energy to Clean Up its Coal Ash Pollution

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—After hundreds of North Carolina residents came out to meetings and called for Duke Energy’s coal ash to be moved to dry lined storage out of groundwater and away from waterways, the North Carolina Department of Environmental...

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Virginia leaps forward on coal ash

Today, years of work by a host of dedicated citizens, conservation groups, and elected officials came to fruition, as Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation to clean up more than 28 million tons of toxic coal ash currently stored in leaking ponds...

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Virginia Leaps Forward on Coal Ash

RICHMOND, VA—Today, years of work by a host of dedicated citizens, conservation groups, and elected officials came to fruition, as Governor Northam signed legislation to clean up more than 28 million tons of coal ash currently stored in leaking...

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Kingston coal ash disaster still reverberates 10 years later

Ten years ago, workers were several weeks into what would be the beginning of a multi-year cleanup of the largest toxic coal ash spill in U.S. history. These cleanup crews were tasked with removing an almost unimaginable 1 billion gallons of coal ash...

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Shelby County puts strict limits on TVA’s wells

This week, the Shelby County Health Department imposed strict limits on the use of wells drilled at Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Allen natural gas plant that tap into the prized Memphis Sand Aquifer, the primary drinking source for the Memphis...

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Coal ash cleanup victory in Virginia

Today, Virginia legislators from both sides of the aisle came together amid a remarkably tumultuous political backdrop, to pass a law that will once and for all protect Virginians from coal ash toxins in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The legislation,...

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Coal Ash Cleanup Victory in Virginia

Coal Ash Cleanup Victory in Virginia New law requires excavation of all sites in Chesapeake Bay watershed Richmond, VA—Today, Virginia legislators from both sides of the aisle came together amid a remarkably tumultuous political backdrop, to pass...

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Southern Environmental Law Center’s Statement in Response to TVA’s Retirement of Bull Run

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In response to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) announcement today that it will be retiring the Bull Run and Paradise Fossil Plants, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) released the following statement. “We...

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Citizens Demand Action in North Carolina as Virginia Moves Ahead with Coal Ash Cleanups

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-- With Virginia’s announcement today of a bipartisan agreement that requires Dominion Energy to excavate all the coal ash from its unlined waterfront lagoons in Virginia, North Carolina stands out by failing to take action on six...

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Stunning reversal in Virginia coal ash cleanup

Today, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and the state Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew Strickler announced a bipartisan agreement to clean up coal ash in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. After years of seeking to leave its coal ash in leaking pits...

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Governor Northam Facilitates Stunning Reversal on Coal Ash Clean Up

                                                                                                                                               Governor Northam Facilitates Stunning Reversal on Coal Ash Clean Up RICHMOND, VA — Today, Governor Ralph...

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Coal ash pollution targeted under Virginia bill

Today, Virginia legislators considered a bill championed by Governor Ralph Northam that could finally put an end to coal ash pollution in Virginia. The legislation, backed by both Democrats and Republicans, would require Dominion Energy to dig up its...

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Take action: Tell N.C. officials to demand coal ash clean up

Join communities across North Carolina in telling Governor Cooper and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that it should require Duke Energy to remove its coal ash from its leaking, unlined pits and move its coal ash to dry lined stora...

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Virginia leaders introduce law to end Dominion’s coal ash pollution

RICHMOND, VA— Today, Governor Ralph Northam and Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew Strickler unveiled a bill with Senator Scott Surovell and Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, that would require Dominion to cleanup decades of coal ash pollution in a...

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Duke Energy filings confirm groundwater pollution at Carolinas coal ash sites

Duke Energy’s coal ash lagoons are illegally polluting groundwater throughout the Carolinas with dangerous pollutants including arsenic and radioactive materials, according to Duke Energy’s own filings posted on Friday, December 14. At sites througho...

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Georgia Power confirms coal ash ponds fail to meet federal restrictions

At least ten of Georgia Power’s toxic, unlined coal ash ponds sit dangerously close to the groundwater beneath them, according to the utility’s recent filings required under the federal Coal Combustion Residuals rule. According to the utility’s disc...

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Georgia Power Confirms Coal Ash Ponds Too Close to Groundwater

Atlanta, GA—At least 10 of Georgia Power’s toxic, unlined coal ash ponds sit dangerously close to the groundwater beneath them, according to the utility’s recent filings required under the federal Coal Combustion Residuals rule. According to the...

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Duke Energy Filings Confirm Groundwater Pollution at Coal Ash Sites in Carolinas

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--Duke Energy’s coal ash lagoons are illegally polluting groundwater throughout the Carolinas with dangerous pollutants including arsenic and radioactive materials, according to Duke Energy’s own filings posted on Friday December...

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Memphis Groups Call For Shelby County Health Department To Revoke Five TVA Water Well Permits Under

MEMPHIS, TN – The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), on behalf of Protect Our Aquifer and the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, sent a letter yesterday calling for the Shelby County Health Department to revoke and not re-issue five water...

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Alabama Utilities Confirm Pollution of Groundwater, Stability Problems with Unlined Coal Ash Pits

Birmingham, AL—As Alabama Power, TVA and PowerSouth Energy Cooperative’s coal ash ponds continue to pollute groundwater throughout the state, recent filings show that most—if not all— ponds are less than five feet from the uppermost aquifer, or...

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Duke Energy confirms groundwater pollution at coal ash sites

Every Duke Energy coal ash site in the Carolinas is polluting groundwater, according to Duke Energy’s own filings. The only sites that are not polluting groundwater and violating federal law are those where Duke Energy has excavated all the coal ash....

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Virginia turning a corner on coal ash cleanup

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA— Today the Northam Administration announced an agreement between the Commonwealth of Virginia and Dominion Energy to ensure that the coal ash at Dominion’s Chesapeake Energy Center will be required to meet the same regulatory...

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Health Risks Found at Dutch Gap Conservation Area Due to Chesterfield Coal Ash

A new report finds that pollution coming from the Chesterfield Power Station may be leading to an increased health risk for some visitors to the nearby Chesterfield County Dutch Gap Conservation Area. Approximately 15 million tons of coal ash, a...

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Coal ash stored near Virginia park linked to health risks

A new report finds that pollution coming from the Chesterfield Power Station may be leading to an increased health risk for some visitors to the nearby Chesterfield County Dutch Gap Conservation Area. Approximately 15 million tons of coal ash, a bypr...

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Duke Energy Confirms Pollution of Groundwater, Stability Problems at Unlined Coal Ash Pits Across NC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—Duke Energy is polluting groundwater, damaging wetlands, and storing coal ash in unstable areas at unlined, leaking sites in North and South Carolina, according to its own recent filings required by the federal Coal Combustion Rule...

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Statement in Regards to Decision in Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on TVA Coal Ash

NASHVILLE, TN— In response to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision today, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) issued the following statement on behalf of DJ Gerken, SELC managing attorney: “We are disappointed by the court’s...

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As floodwaters persist, threats from Florence grow

More than a week after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast, the devastating reality is that more flooding is expected as rivers continue to rise – and communities are just beginning to assess the damage, particularly the toxic threats fro...

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Florence in photos

These photos are just a sliver of the many ways Hurricane Florence clobbered our region as she lumbered through after making landfall on Friday, Sept. 14. Derb Carter, Director of SELC’s North Carolina offices, and a North Carolina native, offered th...

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Coal ash infrastructure fails in wake of Florence’s destruction

As Hurricane Florence continues to churn across the Southeast with many communities still in danger or waiting to fully assess damage, SELC is closely watching the developing situation around the coal ash stored at Duke Energy’s Sutton Power Station,...

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SELC Monitoring Sutton Coal Ash Release in Wake of Hurricane Florence

CHAPEL HILL, NC — Following reports of a coal ash breach at Duke Energy's Sutton Power Station in Wilmington, SELC and partners are monitoring the situation and awaiting more information on the extent of the damage at this site and for other impacts...

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Disappointing Court Decision Lets Polluters Off the Hook

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA— In response to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision today, the Southern Environmental Law Center issues the following statement: The impending flooding and storm surges expected from Hurricane Florence show just how...

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Court allows N.C. citizens’ coal ash suit to proceed

North Carolina community groups with members near Duke Energy's Belews Creek power plant can continue to press their citizen suit against coal ash pollution, a federal court ruled Monday. The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carol...

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EPA bows to polluters with new coal ash rule

This week the Environmental Protection Agency weakened federal rules for coal ash storage that move our country backwards and put America’s waterways and communities at risk from more coal ash pollution. In response to this shortsighted action, made...

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Proposed Allen Permit Fails to Protect Catawba River from Coal Ash

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— The draft water pollution permit issued by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality for Duke Energy’s Allen plant on the Catawba River and Lake Wylie does not protect clean water from toxic pollution, as outlined in...

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Window closing to weigh in on weakening of federal coal ash regs

Today marks the end of the opportunity to weigh in on federal efforts to rollback community protections from coal ash pollution. Comments are being accepted https://www.southernenvironment.org/ccr-comments through midnight. SELC, along with a long l...

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SELC op-ed: New federal coal ash regulations designed for polluters

Senior Attorney Frank Holleman parses the myriad problems with the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to undermine the national coal ash rule in a recent Newsweek article. The draft proposal, which weakens important protections established to...

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Citizens oppose state weakening of coal ash rules in N.C.

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s proposal to dilute protections against Duke Energy’s coal ash pollution in the state is generating considerable opposition from citizens. Prior to the closing of the public comment period, SELC su...

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Citizen Groups Voice Concerns as NC DEQ Tries Hasty Weakening of Coal Ash Rules

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-- Citizen groups from across the state today submitted comments objecting to parts of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s proposed coal ash rules that would undercut the rights of North Carolina citizens and...

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Alabama’s draft coal ash rules fall far short

Closing the public comment period on its draft coal ash storage and disposal rules, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management held a public hearing in Montgomery on March 21, where SELC and several conservation and water quality groups argue...

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North Carolina state officials seek public input on coal ash

This Friday, April 6 is the deadline for submitting comments to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality on its proposed coal ash regulations under federal law. This is an opportunity to let state officials know preserving public input...

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Coal ash update with Senior Attorney Frank Holleman

Senior Attorney Frank Holleman leads regional litigation and policy work on coal ash pollution. In light of several major recent developments around coal ash regulations last week, we asked him to reflect on the highlights from several days that incl...

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Dominion’s Coal Ash Pits Polluting Our Water with Arsenic and Radium

Charlottesville, VA — Compelled by a federal rule, Dominion recently released new data outlining the extent to which its coal ash ponds are contaminating groundwater around the Commonwealth. With more reports coming, the startling information begins...

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Alabama Power Faces $1.25 Million Fine for Groundwater Pollution from Toxic Coal Ash Pits

Birmingham, AL—Today the Alabama Department of Environmental Management announced Alabama Power will face a $1.25 million fine for on-going violations of groundwater pollution at several of its coal plant facilities across the state. ADEM’s order...

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Data on the Extent of Groundwater Pollution from Utilities’ Coal Ash Pits Due Today

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--Below is a statement by Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, regarding today’s deadline for utilities under the national coal ash rule, known as the CCR Rule or Coal Combustion Residuals Rule,...

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EPA looks to undermine key coal ash rule

Last night the Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to significantly weaken the national coal ash rule know as the CCR Rule or Coal Combustion Residuals Rule. Senior Attorney Frank Holleman leads SELC's efforts to clean up the coal a...

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SELC challenges TVA plan that risks polluting Memphis drinking water source with arsenic

SELC, on behalf of Protect Our Aquifer and the Sierra Club, sent a letter Wednesday demanding that the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) reconsider its plan to use the city’s only source of drinking water for a cooling system at its Allen natural gas...

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Memphis Groups Demand TVA Rethink Plan to Use City’s Source of Drinking Water at New Gas Plant

Memphis, TN – The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), on behalf of Protect Our Aquifer and the Sierra Club, sent a letter today demanding that the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) use a more reasonable and responsible alternative source of...

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SELC acts to strengthen N.C. coal ash standards

As permit changes that could set a standard for North Carolina’s treatment of coal ash-laden wastewater move through approvals, SELC is weighing in to ensure strong measures to protect people’s health and the environment. At the same time, Duke...

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Statement by the SELC regarding EPA’s Notice to “Reconsider” Clean Water Act Coverage of Discharges

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—The following is a statement by Frank Holleman, senior attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center, regarding EPA’s notice for comment to reconsider its previous statements regarding the Clean Water Act and Clean Water Act coverage...

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Outside Experts Find Dominion’s Coal Ash Assessment Inadequate

Charlottesville, VA— The Southern Environmental Law Center has sent a letter to Senators Scott Surovell (D-District 36) and Amanda Chase (R-District 11) providing its own assessment of the state of the leaking coal ash pits in Virginia after a...

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Outside experts find Dominion coal ash assessment inadequate

SELC has sent a letter to Virginia State Senators Scott Surovell and Amanda Chase providing its own assessment of the leaking coal ash pits in the Commonwealth after a Dominion assessment failed to consider realistic clean closure options or...

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New N.C. permit for Duke Energy coal ash pollution gets mixed reviews

In response to SELC legal action, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality today announced that it will no longer permit natural streams as pollution-carrying discharge channels at Duke Energy’s Marshall steam station, north of Charlotte....

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N.C. DEQ Proposes Improvements but Allows a Delay of Toxic Pollution Limits for Duke Energy

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--In response to legal action by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Sierra Club, and Waterkeeper Alliance, DEQ today announced that it will no longer permit natural streams as...

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Dominion ignores 2.1 million tons of coal ash in faulty assessment


In a glaring omission, Dominion Energy’s recent coal ash assessment fails to include any information about the large, unlined coal ash ponds leaking arsenic at its Chesapeake Energy Center, contrary to the requirements of the new Virginia law passed...

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Weak coal ash pollution permit at Kingston baffles many with still-fresh memories of coal ash spill

Nine years ago, Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant spilled more than a billion gallons of toxic coal ash sludge into the Clinch River and surrounding community when a retaining wall collapsed at one of the site’s leaking, unlined...

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Citizens go to federal court over Duke Energy coal ash pollution in Dan River Basin

Today SELC filed in federal court to stop Duke Energy’s violations of the Clean Water Act at its Belews Creek facility in Stokes County, north of Winston-Salem. Duke Energy’s Clean Water Act violations at the site include dumping its coal ash...

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Citizens Go to Federal Court over Duke Energy Coal Ash Pollution in Stokes County, Dan River Basin

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – On behalf of Appalachian Voices, the Stokes County Branch of the NAACP, and the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, the Southern Environmental Law Center today filed in federal court to stop Duke Energy’s violations of...

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Dominion’s coal ash assessment ignores common sense cleanup approach


A preliminary look at Dominion’s assessment of its coal ash pits in Virginia paints an unsettling picture of what lies ahead for the Commonwealth’s rivers and recreational areas. The assessment, required by a recently adopted bill in the Virginia...

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New study shows Dominion coal ash plans are holding back Virginia

The approximately 30 million tons of toxic coal ash that Dominion is storing in unlined pits at four Virginia power plants could be recycled and used in building materials according to a new study. The report, co-authored by Kevin Gardner and Scott...

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Maps released by Duke Energy outline extent of damage if coal ash storage fails again

Flooded homes, washed out highways, contaminated drinking water – these are just some of the possibilities if another Duke Energy coal ash spill were to occur. Residents and regulators now have a clearer picture of the extent of the possible damage...

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After Groups’ Legal Action, Duke Energy Releases Dam Safety Information for NC Coal Ash Sites

Chapel Hill, N.C.— More than two weeks after local community groups notified Duke Energy that they planned to bring enforcement actions against it for withholding legally-required critical dam safety information for coal ash sites across North...

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Duke Energy coal ash pollution in N.C. piedmont prompts citizens’ step toward federal court

Today SELC sent a notice of intent to sue Duke Energy to stop its violations of the Clean Water Act at its Belews Creek facility in Stokes County, near the predominantly African-American community of Walnut Tree, North Carolina, and nearby homes....

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Duke Energy Coal Ash Pollution in Stokes County Prompts Citizens’ Step towards Federal Court

Chapel Hill, N.C. – On behalf of Appalachian Voices, the North Carolina Conference of NAACP Branches, and the Stokes County Branch of the NAACP, the Southern Environmental Law Center today sent a notice of intent to sue Duke Energy to stop its...

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TVA delays cleanup of unlined leaking coal ash pits with appeal of federal ruling

Tennessee Valley Authority filed an appeal today after a federal court ruled against the utility in August for allowing coal ash contamination of clean water at its Gallatin Fossil Plant. TVA wants the court order requiring it to dig up the coal ash...

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TVA Delays Cleanup of Unlined Leaking Coal Ash Pits with Appeal of a Federal Ruling

Nashville, TN – Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) filed an appeal today after a federal court ruled against the utility in August for allowing coal ash contamination of clean water at its Gallatin Fossil Plant. TVA wants the court order requiring it...

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Duke Energy announces pending release of coal ash maps after SELC files notice

Duke Energy decided today to release previously withheld dam safety information for its coal ash sites two days after SELC filed notice of legal action on behalf of citizens’ groups. The utiilty said the information will become available in the...

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Environmental Groups’ Statements on Duke Energy’s Announcement

Washington, D.C.- Earthjustice, Southern Environmental Law Center, and our clients are pleased that Duke Energy now says it will comply with the law, and provide the required emergency toxic spill information for communities that sit near the...

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Duke Energy Violates the Law by Hiding Critical NC Dam Safety Information

Chapel Hill, N.C.— Local community groups across the country today sent Duke Energy and government authorities notices that they plan to bring enforcement actions against Duke Energy for withholding critical dam safety information that Duke Energy...

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Duke Energy violates the law by hiding critical dam safety information

Update (10/09/17): After SELC and its clients took legal action, Duke Energy released critical dam safety information for coal ash sites across North Carolina. According to Duke Energy reports that were previously censored by the company, in...

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EPA grants coal ash-polluters’ request to rethink community protections

Just before a deadline to make utilities’ groundwater monitoring results public, the Environmental Protection Agency sided with utilities and granted their request to reconsider key provisions protecting people and the environment from their coal...

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