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Our home: Charlottesville’s heartbreak and trauma

Thirty years ago when I founded the Southern Environmental Law Center, I picked Charlottesville, Virginia, to be this organization’s home. I rented an office on the town’s historic Downtown Mall, the same office I sit in today. P... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: SELC news

With Governors stacked against offshore drilling, the coast has spoken

Today Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe came out against the Trump administration’s plan to consider offshore drilling in the Atlantic, including off Virginia’s coast. Gov. McAuliffe joins North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and So... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: Federal policy, Offshore drilling

Media and advocacy coalition settles public records lawsuit

A coalition of eight news media companies and advocacy groups- including SELC - who sued former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and several of his cabinet agencies in 2015 for wide-ranging violations of North Carolina’s Public... Read More »

State: North Carolina   Filed Under: Clean air, Clean water

Offshore drilling plan threatens Southeast, ignores overwhelming opposition

Today on behalf of more than 70 organizations, representing thousands of businesses and citizens, SELC submitted comments asking the Trump administration to reject offshore drilling in the Atlantic. The comments said: “Opening t... Read More »

Filed Under: Federal policy, Offshore drilling

TVA filed five motions asking the court to throw out all or part of the case and SELC filed hundreds

With the recent court ruling, SELC won its federal Clean Water Act trial against the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public utility, for its coal ash pollution of Tennessee’s Cumberland River. This is the first ru... Read More »

State: Tennessee   Filed Under: Coal ash, Federal policy, Water quality

Army Corps’ permit for Ocean Isle Beach terminal groin challenged

SELC, on behalf of Audubon North Carolina, today challenged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of a terminal groin for Ocean Isle Beach because it failed to fairly consider other available options that would be less costly... Read More »

State: North Carolina   Filed Under: Coastal protection

Our Home, Charlottesville

We return to our office on Charlottesville's downtown mall today—our home, the place where SELC was founded 30 years ago—with grieving hearts for the lives lost and the terror inflicted this weekend. We hold a deep love for this... Read More »

Dominion plans put profits ahead of public necessity

Expert analysis filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission today reveals that Dominion Energy customers will end up paying between $1.6 to 2.3 billion in unneeded costs if Dominion builds the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: Energy, Natural gas, Solar power

Persistence at Chesapeake coal ash site means Dominion must remedy ongoing arsenic pollution

A years-long battle to stop Dominion Virginia Power from polluting the Elizabeth River with arsenic and heavy metals – including the nation’s first federal trial over coal ash storage – has resulted in a court order aimed at stopp... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: Coal ash, Water quality

2 million tons of coal ash removed from banks of Wateree River in S.C.

Under a settlement agreement with SELC and the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, SCE&G reports that more than 2 million tons of coal ash and underlying soil have been removed from its coal ash lagoon on the banks of the Wateree Rive... Read More »

State: South Carolina   Filed Under: Coal ash, Water quality

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