News Feed by Topic: Water Quality

Lack of key info leads to roadblock for N.C. pipeline permit

Pipeline developers’ plans to begin construction on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in November were thwarted last week by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality when the agency issued a request for more infor... Read More »

State: North Carolina   Filed Under: Natural gas, Water quality

Explore the stories of people in the path of the pipeline

For the Harris family, it was when Dominion Energy told them they would be bulldozing just behind their kids’ swing set, despite the parents’ objections. For Hazel Palmer, it was when she realized Dominion Energy could sue her for... Read More »

Filed Under: Federal policy, Natural gas, Water quality

SELC’s Derb Carter on North Carolina’s power to protect citizens from new toxin, GenX

GenX, a nonstick chemical toxin, was recently found in the drinking water of residents in the Cape Fear region near Wilmington, North Carolina. The chemical originated at Chemours, an upstream manufacturer. At issue is what power... Read More »

State: North Carolina   Filed Under: Water quality

EPA extends Clean Water Rule comment period

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added 30 days to the public comment period for the Trump administration’s proposal to repeal the Clean Water Rule. The rule, issued in 2015, clarifies which wetlands and streams are pro... Read More »

Filed Under: Federal policy, Water quality

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

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

EPA memo: Altamaha River impaired due to ongoing pulp plant pollution

A new memo from the Environmental Protection Agency finds that the Altamaha River is currently impaired for both color and odor from polluted discharge downstream of the Rayonier Advanced Materials pulp plant in Jesup, Georgia. T... Read More »

State: Georgia   Filed Under: Water quality

SELC joins dozens questioning EPA delay in clean water protections

SELC Senior Attorney Frank Holleman testified this week at the only hearing scheduled by the Environmental Protection Agency on an indefinite delay of clean water protections. At issue are the federal Effluent Limitations Guidelin... Read More »

Filed Under: Federal policy, Water quality

Trump administration launches bid to strip protection from South’s rivers, lakes, and streams

Today the Trump administration moved to formally repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule as a first step in greatly reducing the nation’s water quality protections under the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency’s announce... Read More »

Filed Under: Federal policy, Water planning, Water quality

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