News Feed by Topic: Federal Policy

SELC op-ed: Stop playing politics with our coast

Senior Attorney Sierra Weaver, leader of SELC's Coast and Wetlands Program, penned a quick rebuttal to the Department of Interior's stunning decision to remove Florida from its recently-released offshore drilling lease plan. An ex... Read More »

Filed Under: Federal policy,Offshore drilling

Trump administration plan for Atlantic offshore drilling puts Southeast communities at risk

Today the Trump administration announced its draft five-year offshore drilling plan, proposing to open the Mid- and South Atlantic to risky drilling off our coast. “Today’s announcement by the Trump administration willfully igno... Read More »

Filed Under: Federal policy,Offshore drilling

SELC: Eliminating clean water protections threatens Southern waters

Today was the deadline for filing comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed suspension of the Clean Water Rule, which safeguards streams, wetlands, and other waters that feed drinking-water sources for nearly 20 m... Read More »

Filed Under: Federal policy

Federal clean water rollback makes the Georgia Water Coalition’s 2017 “Dirty Dozen”

The Georgia Water Coalition recently released its seventh annual Dirty Dozen report which highlights 12 of the worst offenses to Georgia’s waters and serves as a call to action to solve these problems. While previous years have l... Read More »

State: Georgia   Filed Under: Federal policy,Water quality

Forest Service decision on Atlantic Coast Pipeline puts National Forests at risk

SELC strongly opposes the U.S. Forest Service decision today to approve the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, a natural gas pipeline slated to cut through 600-miles of West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina, including lands in... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: Federal policy,Natural gas

Groups take legal action against FERC on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

SELC, in conjunction with a coalition of affected land owners and conservation groups, today filed a request for rehearing urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider its approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline,... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: Federal policy,Natural gas

U.S. House passes bill proposing to treat Southeastern National Forests as crops

Late Wednesday, the House voted on and passed the so-called “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017” (H.R. 2936). The legislation proposes to create massive categorical exclusions (CEs) to allow tens of thousands of acres—15 to 45... Read More »

Filed Under: Federal policy,Forest protection

Protecting Atlantic waters from seismic blasting’s “storm of noise”

Marine scientist Christopher Clark has been listening to the world’s oceans for more than forty years. Off the coast of Virginia, using simple underwater microphones, the Cornell University bioacoustics expert has heard the rumbli... Read More »

Filed Under: Federal policy,Offshore drilling

Additions proposed for two Virginia Wilderness Areas

Senator Tim Kaine introduced a bill last week, the Virginia Wilderness Additions Act of 2017, co-sponsored by Senator Mark Warner, that would protect an additional 5,600 acres of the George Washington National Forest in Virginia.... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: Federal policy,Forest protection

SELC op-ed: Memphis aquifer belongs to the public, not TVA

Amanda Garcia, attorney in SELC’s Nashville office, recently highlighted the issues with the Tennessee Valley Authority’s pursuit of procedure changes to reduce public input on the utility’s projects. This request comes even thoug... Read More »

State: Tennessee   Filed Under: Federal policy,Water quality

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