SELC Responds to the Trump Administration

Facing aggressive actions in Washington, D.C., aimed at gutting environmental protections, the Southern Environmental Law Center is defending the fundamental laws and policies that have been put in place to safeguard the quality of our air, water, and natural treasures.

SELC has deep expertise in law and policy, local presence throughout our six states, and a 30-year track record of working successfully in both friendly and hostile times. This organization is uniquely positioned to be the vigilant, strong, and effective champion of the South's environment—and all the people and communities who depend on it for their health and wellbeing.

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Virginia joining states defending the Clean Power Plan

Today, Attorney General Mark Herring announced Virginia will be joining a coalition of 18 states supporting the new federal Clean Power Plan as it faces legal attacks. Released this summer, the Environmental Protection Agency’s C... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: Air quality, Federal policy, Healthy environment

Court’s decision hits pause on the Clean Water Rule nationwide

As litigation concerning the federal Clean Water Rule continues in multiple courts all over the country, one court’s decision to hit pause on the new rule earlier this month has created confusion about the current protections for... Read More »

Filed Under: Federal policy, Water quality

Though delayed, new ozone standard is a step forward in improving public health

The Environmental Protection Agency announced today it has tightened the new ozone pollution standard to 70 parts per billion (ppb), marking belated, incremental progress in the ongoing efforts to reduce air pollution and improve... Read More »

Filed Under: Air quality, Energy, Federal policy, Healthy environment, Power plants, Transportation

Agreement ends landmark lawsuit for clean air

SELC and our partners have reached the final milestone in a 15-year legal journey that, along the way, has led to a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision and agreements to keep millions of tons of pollution out of the nation’s air... Read More »

State: North Carolina   Filed Under: Air quality, Federal policy

Clean Water Rule goes into effect in the Southeast

EPA officials are pressing ahead with plans for the Clean Water Rule, the most significant piece of federal action on water protection in decades, which goes into effect today. While legal challenges angle to derail its implementa... Read More »

Filed Under: Clean Water Rule, Federal policy, Healthy environment, Water quality

Clean Power Plan provides path for safer climate, catalyst for clean energy jobs in the Southeast

This afternoon the Obama Administration will release the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the country’s strongest action ever to reduce carbon pollution and pave the way for cleaner and more affordable energy choices. Over... Read More »

Filed Under: Air quality, Federal policy, Healthy environment

Supreme Court returns EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards to lower court

In a narrow 5-4 decision—and on narrow legal grounds—the Supreme Court sent the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rules back to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for reconsideration. The so-called... Read More »

Filed Under: Air quality, Federal policy, Power plants

Recap of the final Clean Water Rule and what’s included

The release of EPA’s final Clean Water Rule last week marks an important milestone after years of confusion left 60 percent of the nation’s stream miles and 20 million acres of wetlands at risk for pollution. SELC submitted comme... Read More »

Filed Under: Federal policy, Water quality

“This is not my state.”

Derb Carter, senior attorney and director, SELC North Carolina office

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Confusion in Congress underscores need for clarified Clean Water Act protections

A joint Congressional hearing earlier today on the Environmental Protection Agency’s and the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed rule further highlights the need for clarification on what streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands are prot... Read More »

Filed Under: Federal policy, Water quality

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