News Feed by Topic: Water Quality

SELC op-ed: Clean water under attack in North Carolina

In a recent editorial published in The Robesonian newspaper, Senior Attorney Geoff Gisler details the many fronts on which clean water protections are being attacked across North Carolina. With polluters overseeing pollution contr... Read More »

State: North Carolina   Filed Under: Water quality

Riverkeeper to sue utility, others to get coal tar out of South Carolina’s Congaree

Congaree Riverkeeper is taking the required first steps to sue over a utility’s broken promise to excavate acres of toxic coal tar coating the bottom of the historic waterway running through Columbia, S.C. Represented by SELC, th... Read More »

State: South Carolina   Filed Under: Water quality

First county in Virginia’s Tidewater bans fracking

Richmond County’s unanimous vote last night to ban oil and gas drilling and fracking sends a clear message that localities have a strong interest in protecting their land and water from risky land uses. The decision last night in... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: Natural gas, Water quality

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

45 years of protection under the Clean Water Act

Today marks 45 years since the Clean Water Act began protecting our rivers and lakes, and making our waterways cleaner and our drinking water safer. Despite the obvious improvements made under the Clean Water Act to ensure all Am... Read More »

Filed Under: Federal policy, Water quality

Maps released by Duke Energy outline extent of damage if coal ash storage fails again

Flooded homes, washed out highways, contaminated drinking water – these are just some of the possibilities if another Duke Energy coal ash spill were to occur. Residents and regulators now have a clearer picture of the extent of t... Read More »

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

Duke Energy coal ash pollution in N.C. piedmont prompts citizens’ step toward federal court

Today SELC sent a notice of intent to sue Duke Energy to stop its violations of the Clean Water Act at its Belews Creek facility in Stokes County, near the predominantly African-American community of Walnut Tree, North Carolina, a... Read More »

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

TVA delays cleanup of unlined leaking coal ash pits with appeal of federal ruling

Tennessee Valley Authority filed an appeal today after a federal court ruled against the utility in August for allowing coal ash contamination of clean water at its Gallatin Fossil Plant. TVA wants the court order requiring it to... Read More »

State: Tennessee   Filed Under: Coal ash, Federal policy, Water quality

SELC: Trump attack on nation’s clean water protections illegal, dangerous

SELC, along with 63 organizations, today filed formal objections to the Trump administration’s proposed repeal of the Clean Water Rule, which safeguards streams, wetlands, and other waters that feed drinking water sources for near... Read More »

Filed Under: Federal policy, 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

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