News Feed by Topic: Water Quality

Groups go to court to stop Duke Energy’s coal ash pollution of Roanoke River Basin

Today SELC filed a citizen suit enforcement action under the Clean Water Act against Duke Energy for its ongoing illegal coal ash pollution at its Roxboro plant. The plant sits on the shores of Hyco Lake in Person County, N.C. Duk... Read More »

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

Lax pollution permits highlight broader concerns over Georgia Power’s coal ash dewatering plans

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s most recent draft permit to address coal ash wastewater fits a troubling pattern that does not bode well for Georgia Power’s plans to close all 29 of its coal ash ponds statewide. T... Read More »

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

Administration tells power plants they can keep polluting water

Along Tennessee’s scenic Cumberland River, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Cumberland Fossil Plant dumps more mercury pollution into our waters than any other coal-fired power plant in the country. While Cumberland is one of the... Read More »

State: Tennessee   Filed Under: Federal policy, Water planning, Water quality

Plant Hammond’s pollution of Coosa River draws community outcry

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division held a well-attended public hearing last night about a new draft water discharge permit for Georgia Power’s Plant Hammond. More than a dozen locals got up to speak about how the lax pe... Read More »

State: Georgia   Filed Under: Water quality

SELC, partner prepare to challenge Duke Energy plans for another leaky coal ash dump in N.C.

Today SELC and the Roanoke River Basin Association put Duke Energy on notice that the utility’s plan to store toxin-laden coal ash in groundwater in a leaking pit will not go unchallenged. In November 2016, Duke Energy posted a p... Read More »

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

Fracking threat puts Rappahannock on list of nation’s most endangered rivers

The Rappahannock River is among America’s Most Endangered Rivers, based on a report released today by American Rivers. The designation shines a national spotlight on the threat fracking poses to clean drinking water and the state’... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: Natural gas, Water quality

Virginia Governor, legislators, environmental groups join forces to stand up to Dominion on coal ash

The Virginia Senate and House have approved Governor Terry McAuliffe’s amendments to a coal ash bill that requires Dominion Energy to complete assessments of coal ash sites before it can receive any closure permits. This comes aft... Read More »

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

Supreme Court decides to move forward with SELC Clean Water Rule case

Today the Supreme Court decided not to grant the Trump administration’s request for a delay in a crucial case that could eventually decide which of the nation’s streams and wetlands are protected from polluters. “We look forward... Read More »

Filed Under: Federal policy, Water quality

Court rules Saluda River pollution unlawful

A federal court has ruled that the embattled Carolina Water Service I-20 sewage plant is discharging pollution into the Saluda River illegally, and a judge has fined the utility $1.5 million for failing to connect to a municipal s... Read More »

State: South Carolina   Filed Under: 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

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