News Feed by Topic: Water Quality

Federal support essential to regional Chesapeake Bay restoration

Up until now, the Environmental Protection Agency has played a critical role in restoring water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. Working with the six states in the bay watershed, the agency is a key player in the joint commitment to... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: Federal policy, Water quality

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

SELC, partners challenge coal mine’s permit to fill streams feed Alabama river

Conservation groups are challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of another permit authorizing coal mining material to be dumped into streams that feed into the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River in Alabama’s Jef... Read More »

State: Alabama   Filed Under: Coal mining, Water quality

Court reverses ruling, allows Georgia pulp mill to continue polluting river

A Georgia superior court has ruled that a pulp mill’s visible, foul-smelling pollution of the Altamaha River in southeast Georgia can continue. Representing Altamaha Riverkeeper, SELC, GreenLaw, and Stack & Associates successfull... Read More »

State: Georgia   Filed Under: 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

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

Congressional vote pits coal company profits against clean water

UPDATE (2/2/17): Today Congress voted to throw out protections for our nation's waterways, opening the door for coal mining pollution in drinking water sources and other waters. Read more in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where SEL... Read More »

Filed Under: Coal mining, Federal policy, Water quality

Freeze on EPA grants puts clean water, clean air at risk as agency goes silent

Memos circulated at the Environmental Protection Agency in the first days of the Trump administration put a freeze on the agency’s grants, as well as a gag order on EPA officials discussing the grant freeze. The length and depth... Read More »

Filed Under: Air quality, Federal policy, Water quality

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

Trial to address decades of TVA coal ash pollution starts Monday

For more than 50 years, toxic coal ash pollution has been leaking from the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Gallatin plant into Tennessee’s Cumberland River, which is the drinking source for more than 1 million Tennesseans. Starting M... Read More »

State: Tennessee   Filed Under: Coal ash, Water quality

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