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Groups announce investigation into pellet pollution

CHARLESTON, SC — Environmental groups have sent a notice of intent to sue Frontier Logistics for ongoing plastic pollution from its packaging facility at Union Pier Terminal. The 60-day notice submitted today by the Southern Environmental Law...

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We just sued to protect clean water

SELC filed a federal lawsuit today to stop the the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from rolling back some of the country’s most important environmental protections as it continues its efforts to gut the Clean Water Act. “This administration mig...

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Conservation Groups Challenge Repeal of Clean Water Act Protections in Federal Court

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Conservation groups today challenged in court the administration’s effort to strip away crucial clean water protections from rivers, lakes, streams and other waters that feed drinking-water sources for 200 million Americans and 32...

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Multi-front attack on clean water takes aim at state authority

UPDATE: Read SELC's comments, submitted Oct. 21, here.  In another affront to clean water protections, the Trump administration is proposing to weaken the key mechanism states use to ensure federally approved construction projects, like mines, inte...

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Trump administration continues efforts to gut Clean Water Act protections

The Trump administration today completed its repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule, part of its multi-phase effort to gut Clean Water Act protections across the nation. This move undermines the definition of which waters are protected by the Clean Wate...

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New EPA rule limits states’ ability to protect against pollution

An administration’s proposal published today in the Federal Register would greatly limit the authority of states to insist on full information about pollution impacts from federally licensed projects like pipelines and dams or impose conditions to en...

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Lower Cape Fear River no longer to be classified as ‘swamp waters’

Fifteen miles of North Carolina’s lower Cape Fear River will no longer be classified as “swamp waters,” thanks to a successful petition by environmental groups that SELC represented. This win will hopefully lead to stricter pollution regulations. At...

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Broad coalition goes on record against gutting of Clean Water Act

SELC continued its battle against a proposal by the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency to strip Clean Water Act protection from a significant percentage of streams and wetlands in the U.S., submitting comments April 15 on behalf o...

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Groups Oppose the EPA’s Proposal to Gut the Clean Water Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Southern Environmental Law Center filed comments on behalf of 80 conservation and community organizations against the EPA’s proposal to drastically reduce what waters are protected under the Clean Water Act, jeopardizing...

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EPA plan would allow more toxics in the air and water

There are just two weeks left to support one of the nation’s most successful air-pollution protections from a scheduled gutting under a Trump administration plan to let coal-burning plants potentially release more toxics into the sky. The Environmen...

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Clean Water Act proposal drastically cuts protections against pollution

SELC continues to battle a Trump administration proposal that would radically reduce the nation’s number of streams and wetlands protected by the Clean Water Act. This proposal is a gift to polluting industries that would cause serious problems for t...

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New Video Outlines What’s at Stake in Federal Proposal to Gut Clean Water Act

Charlottesville, VA – Earlier today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened the public comment period for citizens to provide feedback on a proposal to gut the Clean Water Act by redefining what waters are protected. This proposal...

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Protecting our clean water

A few weeks ago the Environmental Protection Agency announced an unprecedented, risky proposal to gut clean water protections that have been in place for generations. While the EPA is supposed to be protecting our water, this proposal does the oppos...

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EPA PFAS Plan is an Empty Gesture

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—The Southern Environmental Law Center today issued the following statement regarding EPA’s PFAS Management Plan by Geoff Gisler, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center which represents Cape Fear River Watch in...

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Groups Petition N.C. to Remove “Swamp Waters” Classification from Lower Cape Fear River

WILMINGTON, N.C. - Waterkeeper Alliance and Cape Fear River Watch, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, petitioned today to remove North Carolina’s “swamp waters” classification from 15 miles of the Lower Cape Fear River flowing...

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EPA analysis: Proposal cutting clean water protections benefits heavy industry, not farmers

Buried deep in the Environmental Protection Agency’s economic analysis of the agency’s proposal to gut clean water protections lies a finding that debunks the administration’s sales pitch on its new proposal. As reported by the Associated Press, alth...

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Administration announces plan to gut clean water protections

Today the Environmental Protection Agency released a new proposal that, if approved, would remove clean water protections that have been in place for generations. The breadth of this reversal makes it one of the most dangerous proposals for people’s...

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Administration’s Attack on Clean Water Act is a Giveaway to Polluters

WASHINGTON – The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) released the following statement in reaction to the administration’s proposal that guts the Clean Water Act, stripping longstanding protections for streams, wetlands, and smaller waterways...

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Southern Currents: Roanoke River

Photographer Carl Galie first fell for the Roanoke River 23 years ago when writing a book about the 410-mile river basin.

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Southern Currents: The Chattooga River

SELC and our partners are committed to protecting clean water across the South. Right now, D.C. politicians are looking to undo safeguards that prevent upstream pollution of our streams, rivers, and lakes. But we know that, in the South, water is a w...

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Cape Fear River is not a swamp, EPA confirms

In recent years, North Carolina’s Cape Fear River has suffered from increased pollution generated by various industries in the watershed, particularly industrial hog operations. One notable impact of all this pollution has been on the levels of disso...

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Federal judge strikes down administration’s Clean Water Act attack

A federal judge in South Carolina today struck down the administration’s effort to strip away crucial clean water protections from rivers, lakes, streams, and other waters that feed drinking-water sources for nearly 20 million people in the South and...

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SELC appeals harmful clean water injunction

On behalf of National Wildlife Federation and One Hundred Miles, SELC appealed the decision of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia to preliminarily enjoin the Clean Water Rule in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Caroli...

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Administration signals unprecedented attack on America’s clean water protections

Today, the Trump administration announced it submitted a proposal for inter-agency review that would reportedly gut the Clean Water Act, stripping longstanding protections for streams, wetlands, and smaller waterways that feed drinking water sources...

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Trump Administration Signals Unprecedented Attack on America’s Clean Water Protections

WASHINGTON – The Southern Environmental Law Center released the following statement in response to the announcement that the Trump administration had submitted a proposal for inter-agency review that would reportedly gut the Clean Water Act,...

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Appeals Court Again Sides with Citizens

RICHMOND, VA — The United States Court of Appeals has rejected Kinder Morgan’s request to reconsider its April ruling in which the Court held that local citizen groups can enforce the Clean Water Act to stop continuing pollution of the Savannah...

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Federal Judge Denies Administration’s Request to Move Challenge of Clean Water Attack to Texas Court

CHARLESTON, S.C. – A federal judge in South Carolina today denied the Environmental Protection Agency’s request to move to Texas a challenge of the administration’s effort to strip away critical safeguards of the Clean Water Act, one of the nation’s...

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Holleman to Senators: Federal protections are key to clean water

Senior Attorney Frank Holleman testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Wednesday about the essential role of citizen enforcement for clean water. In the hearing, Senators were considering a request from the Environm...

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Appeals Court Sides with Citizens in Petroleum Pipeline Case

RICHMOND, VA — The United States Court of Appeals has ruled that local citizen groups can enforce the Clean Water Act to stop continuing pollution of the Savannah River watershed in Anderson County, SC, from a gasoline pipeline spill by Kinder...

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Conservation Groups Challenge Attack on Clean Water in Federal Court

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Conservation groups today challenged in court the administration’s effort to strip away crucial clean water protections from rivers, lakes, streams and other waters that feed drinking-water sources for nearly 20 million people in...

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Conservation Groups File Challenge to National Forest Service’s Hasty Decision

Richmond, VA— Today, the Southern Environmental Law Center and The Sierra Club on behalf of a coalition of conservation groups filed suit in federal court against the National Forest Service over a grant recently issued to developers of the fracked...

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Supreme Court ruling sets the stage for Clean Water Act showdown

One of the most intense environmental threats expected in 2018 will be the Trump administration's campaign to attack the Clean Water Act, arguably the country's most successful environmental protection for nearly 50 years. The administration's...

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SELC: Eliminating Clean Water Protections Threatens Southern Waters

Washington, D.C. – The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) released the following statement after filing comments on the EPA’s proposed suspension of the Clean Water Rule, which safeguards streams, wetlands, and other waters that feed...

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SELC: Trump Attack on Nation’s Clean Water Protections Illegal, Dangerous

Washington, D.C. – The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), along with 63 organizations, today filed formal objections to the Trump administration’s proposed repeal of the Clean Water Rule, which safeguards streams, wetlands, and other waters...

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Trump Administration’s Proposed Repeal of Clean Water Rule Poses Significant Threat to Water Quality

Washington, D.C. - The Southern Environmental Law Center released the following statement regarding today’s announcement of the Trump administration’s proposal to repeal the Clean Water Rule as a first step in dismantling water quality protections...

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