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Citizens go to federal court over Duke Energy coal ash pollution in Dan River Basin

Today SELC filed in federal court to stop Duke Energy’s violations of the Clean Water Act at its Belews Creek facility in Stokes County, north of Winston-Salem. Duke Energy’s Clean Water Act violations at the site include dumping... Read More »

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

Court orders evaluation of hog operations identified as threats to N.C. groundwater

Yesterday, a federal court agreed with conservation groups represented by SELC and ordered industrial hog producer Murphy-Brown to comply with a 2006 agreement to clean up groundwater contamination at several hog facilities owned... Read More »

State: North Carolina   Filed Under: Water quality

Dominion’s coal ash assessment ignores common sense cleanup approach

A preliminary look at Dominion’s assessment of its coal ash pits in Virginia paints an unsettling picture of what lies ahead for the Commonwealth’s rivers and recreational areas. The assessment, required by a recently adopted bil... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: Coal ash

Ensuring neighbors are included as North Carolina Superfund cleanup proceeds

Just across the Cape Fear and Brunswick Rivers from Wilmington, North Carolina, sits Navassa, a rural, predominantly African-American town working to overcome the legacy of pollution left by the chemical giant Kerr-McGee. For more... Read More »

State: North Carolina   Filed Under: Healthy environment,Land use

SELC fights back against Dominion limits on clean energy access in VA

As Dominion Energy continues to try reducing access to renewable energy from other providers, SELC weighed in against their latest attempt to expand their monopoly. The question before the Virginia Supreme Court concerns the very... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: Solar power

New study shows Dominion coal ash plans are holding back Virginia

The approximately 30 million tons of toxic coal ash that Dominion is storing in unlined pits at four Virginia power plants could be recycled and used in building materials according to a new study. The report, co-authored by Kevi... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: Coal ash

Governor Ivey disbands panel tasked with creating Alabama water management plan

According to a letter issued earlier this month, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has disbanded a group of six state agencies, called the Alabama Water Agencies Working Group (AWAWG), halting an important five-year process to plan for th... Read More »

State: Alabama   Filed Under: Water planning

Federal clean water rollback makes the Georgia Water Coalition’s 2017 “Dirty Dozen”

The Georgia Water Coalition recently released its seventh annual Dirty Dozen report which highlights 12 of the worst offenses to Georgia’s waters and serves as a call to action to solve these problems. While previous years have l... Read More »

State: Georgia   Filed Under: Federal policy,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

Local and citizen groups object to N.C. DEQ’s flawed permit for $5.5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Update (12/7): This week North Carolina Division of Air Quality withheld, for the time being, its approval for the Northampton compressor station and requested more information from developers. The agency’s questions reflect criti... Read More »

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