News Feed by Topic: Healthy Environment

Court rules Dominion’s coal ash illegally pollutes Virginia’s Elizabeth River

A federal judge today ruled that Dominion Virginia Power is violating the Clean Water Act because coal ash is contaminating groundwater flowing from the site of a former coal-burning power plant into the nearby Elizabeth River. T... Read More »

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

Duke Energy proposes increasing carcinogens downstream in permit renewal

As part of its 2015 criminal plea agreement, Duke Energy admitted that bromide discharged into rivers and lakes from its coal ash operations have caused carcinogens to form in downstream drinking water systems. Some of these carci... Read More »

State: North Carolina   Filed Under: Air quality, Healthy environment, Water quality

Augusta County first in Virginia to prohibit fracking

In a nearly unanimous decision, the August County Board of Supervisors clearly and confidently voted on Wednesday night to prohibit fracking. As other Virginia localities grapple with how to address risks from fracking and industr... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: Fracking, Healthy environment, Natural gas

President dismantles stream protections, threatening drinking water for Southeasterners, nation

Today President Donald Trump signed into law a repeal of the Stream Protection Rule, dismantling key protections that help keep our drinking water safe from coal pollution. The President’s signature on this bill marks the first an... Read More »

Filed Under: Federal policy, Healthy environment, Water quality

Carolina utility looking to keep customers by offering community solar

Worried about market share as more people turn to ever-cheaper solar energy, some utilities are planning “community solar” projects to retain customers looking for clean energy alternatives. A recent Associated Press article note... Read More »

State: South Carolina   Filed Under: Healthy environment, Solar power

Virginia General Assembly giving coal ash storage a much-needed closer look

This past Thursday, the third anniversary of the Dan River coal ash spill, Virginia legislators took a small but significant step towards addressing the state’s coal ash problem. A coal ash bill introduced by Sen. Scott Surovell (... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: Coal ash, Healthy environment

From brownfield to ballfields

This month SELC, representing MountainTrue, resolved the challenge to a brownfields redevelopment plan for a recreation park on the site of a former industrial landfill and waste lagoons in West Asheville. Plans for the park cente... Read More »

State: North Carolina   Filed Under: Healthy environment

Gallatin coal ash trial concludes as SELC reveals decades-long trouble at TVA site

In a four-day federal trial, SELC attorneys made public dozens of internal documents from the Tennessee Valley Authority showing a decades-long history of coal ash discharges into the Cumberland River. Judge Waverly Crenshaw set... Read More »

State: Tennessee   Filed Under: Coal ash, Healthy environment

Dominion Power polluting park

Toxic chemicals, including high levels of arsenic, coming from Dominion Power’s adjacent Chesterfield Power Station are polluting a widely used public recreation area along the James River. People regularly boat, fish, and hike in... Read More »

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

TVA refuses to disclose water quality data from leaking Gallatin coal ash site

The Tennessee Valley Authority is refusing to turn over data showing that groundwater wells at the Gallatin Coal Ash plant on the banks of the Cumberland River—Nashville's drinking water supply—exceed maximum contamination levels... Read More »

State: Tennessee   Filed Under: Coal ash, Federal policy, Healthy environment

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