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SELC Receives Grant from Louis Bacon’s Orton Foundation

CHAPEL HILL, NC— At a time of aggressive rollbacks of state environmental protections, The Orton Foundation, the North Carolina affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation, has awarded the Southern Environmental Law Center $75,000. Read More »

SELC, Coalition for Smarther Growth respond to I-66 development inside the Beltway

RICHMOND, VA — Three leading smart growth, conservation, and transportation reform advocacy groups released the following joint statement on the announced agreement between Governor McAuliffe and state legislators on I-66 inside the Beltway: Our org... Read More »

Conservation Groups Plan Court Challenge to Protect the James River from Coal Ash Pollution

On behalf of the James River Association, the Southern Environmental Law Center has filed a notice with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Dominion Power that it will appeal the permit issued by DEQ to Dominion. Read More »

Southern Environmental Law Center Statement on Clean Power Plan Delay

Charlottesville, VA–The Supreme Court announced this evening a temporary stay on the Clean Power Plan, the country's strongest action ever to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and pave the way for cleaner and more affordable energy choices.... Read More »

Conservation groups outraged that Dominion dumped over 30 million gallons of toxic coal ash wastewater into creek near Potomac River

In June 2015 Potomac Riverkeeper Network took aerial photographs revealing the unexpected draining of coal ash wastewater from “Pond E” at Dominion’s Possum Point Power Plant. Dominion’s own records indicate that the coal ash wastewater in Pond E was... Read More »

Dominion’s License to Pollute Potomac River with Contaminated Coal Ash Wastewater To Be Appealed

Charlottesville, VA—On behalf of Potomac Riverkeeper Network, the Southern Environmental Law Center notified Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that it will appeal in Virginia circuit court the permit allowing Dominion to legally poll... Read More »

South Carolina Groundwater Contamination Plummets after Coal Ash Removal

According to a January 29, 2016 report, groundwater contamination has dramatically declined along the Catawba-Wateree River after coal ash removal by South Carolina utility South Carolina Electric and Gas. Read More »

Groups Respond to Legislators – Urging Support for the I-66 Inside the Beltway Package of Solutions

RICHMOND, VA — Today, several smart growth, transportation reform, and conservation groups reemphasized their support for the McAuliffe administration’s proposal to improve traffic flow along I-66 inside the Beltway, in response to a letter a group o... Read More »

Color, Odor Limits in Rayonier Pollution Discharge Permit Fall Short

Conservation groups are challenging the pollution discharge permit recently granted to Jesup-based pulp mill Rayonier, claiming that the permit’s limits on odor, color and turbidity do not go far enough to uphold state water quality standards. Read More »

South Carolina Coal Ash Removal Ahead of Schedule While North Carolina Stalls

While Duke Energy stalls on moving ash at 7 of its 14 unlined, leaking coal ash sites across North Carolina, S.C. utility Santee Cooper reports that it has removed one-third of the coal ash from its Grainger coal ash pits in Conway, S.C. Read More »

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