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More than 70% of local residents oppose plans to rezone Cumberland Island for development

The majority of residents in Camden County, Georgia, overwhelmingly oppose plans to rezone 1,000 acres of Cumberland Island to allow for more residential development, according to a recent public opinion poll. More than 70 percen... Read More »

State: Georgia   Filed Under: Land use

Debilitating federal budget cuts back on the table

In the proposed federal budget released today, the Trump administration recommends crippling cuts to essential federal protections in many areas, though few are as extreme as what is proposed for the Environmental Protection Agenc... Read More »

Filed Under: Federal policy

Alabama legislative hearing brings status of water plan to forefront

As the Alabama 2017 legislative session draws to a close, lawmakers held a hearing yesterday in Montgomery to discuss a bill that would modify existing state law to require the Alabama Office of Water Resources to balance water wi... Read More »

State: Alabama   Filed Under: Water planning

Groups go to court to stop Duke Energy’s coal ash pollution of Roanoke River Basin

Today SELC filed a citizen suit enforcement action under the Clean Water Act against Duke Energy for its ongoing illegal coal ash pollution at its Roxboro plant. The plant sits on the shores of Hyco Lake in Person County, N.C. Duk... Read More »

State: North Carolina   Filed Under: Coal ash, Federal policy, Water quality

Virginia announces move to tackle carbon pollution at the state level

Today Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe took a decisive step forward to fight climate change and to show the nation that, despite key environmental protections being undermined at the federal level, Virginia is moving forward. “... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: Air quality, Clean Power Plan, Climate change, Solar power, Utilities

New report shows solar, energy efficiency outcompete nuclear in meeting Georgia’s energy needs

A recent report shows that replacing the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion with new investments in solar power and energy efficiency would be less risky, more affordable, and more than up to the job of powering Georgia’s economy. On... Read More »

State: Georgia   Filed Under: Energy efficiency, Solar power

Dominion Virginia Energy’s “green tariff” another monopoly move

The solar industry is booming across the country and gaining momentum both in job creation and popularity among customers. This week Dominion Virginia Energy sought approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission to provid... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: Solar power, Utilities

N.C. citizens group, SELC challenge permit for polluter issued without public notice

On behalf of the Concerned Citizens of Richmond County, SELC challenged a new state air permit for a proposed Enviva wood pellet plant because it was issued without any notice or opportunity for the local community to comment. The... Read More »

Filed Under: Air quality, Biomass, Healthy environment

Congress rebuffs president, fully funds 2017 transportation grants

President Trump signed the budget deal reached by Congress for fiscal 2017 last Friday. The omnibus spending bill maintains crucial funding levels for transportation, rejecting proposals the president had made to slash funding in... Read More »

Lax pollution permits highlight broader concerns over Georgia Power’s coal ash dewatering plans

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s most recent draft permit to address coal ash wastewater fits a troubling pattern that does not bode well for Georgia Power’s plans to close all 29 of its coal ash ponds statewide. T... Read More »

State: Georgia   Filed Under: Coal ash, Healthy environment, Water quality

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