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SELC Responds to Trump Administration’s Action Gutting Climate Protections

Charlottesville, VA— With a sweeping executive order aimed at dismantling climate protections, the Trump Administration is expected to direct the reversal of the Clean Power Plan and revoke a seven previous actions aimed at combating climate change t Read More »

New Report Shines Light On Sustainable Solar Farm Development in the Southeast

Atlanta, GA- A new report highlights how communities across the Southeast are harnessing the many benefits of solar power while ensuring that energy demands are balanced with smart, sustainable development of solar farms. Read More »

Court Ruling:  Dominion’s Coal Ash Illegally Pollutes Elizabeth River

Richmond, VA – 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. Read More »

Governor McAuliffe Fights to Protect Virginia Waters

Charlottesville, VA - Governor Terry McAuliffe’s new proposed amendment for coal ash pit closures is an example of good governance and careful review.  The Southern Environmental Law Center and its clients, the Potomac Riverkeeper Network and the Jam... Read More »

Conservation Groups Challenge Coal Mine’s Stream Fill Permit on the Locust Fork

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 Jefferson County. Read More »

White House Cuts to Budget Hurt Economy and Strip Health, Safety Protections for Southeasterners

Washington, D.C. – The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) released the following statement after the White House released its budget outline calling for deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI) Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Brief Filed to Defend Clean Water Rule

​Washington, D.C.– On behalf of the Coastal Conservation League and One Hundred Miles, the Southern Environmental Law Center today filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the court to follow through on its plans to hear the upcoming case Read More »

Industrial Hog Operation Murphy-Brown Refuses to Clean up Its Pollution in Three Eastern North Carolina River Basins

Conservation groups today filed a motion in federal court seeking to require an industrial hog operation, Murphy-Brown, to comply with a 2006 agreement to clean up its groundwater contamination at several hog facilities in eastern North Carolina. Read More »

Duke Energy Coal Ash Pollution into Hyco Lake and Dan River and Roanoke River Basins Violates Clean Water Act

On behalf of the Roanoke River Basin Association, the SELC today notified Duke Energy of its intent to file suit in federal court for illegal pollution of Hyco Lake and the Dan River and Roanoke River Basins from Duke Energy's Roxboro coal ash site. Read More »

SELC Announces Winners of 2017 Reed Environmental Writing Award: Ryan Gravel, Edward O. Wilson, and Janisse Ray

Charlottesville, VA—With this year’s Reed Environmental Writing Awards, the Southern Environmental Law Center salutes three writers who offer bold visions for revitalizing our cities and saving the world’s species, and who reveal the global and local Read More »

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