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SELC Press Releases

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 »

Groups Applaud U.S. Forest Service Decision to Reject Atlantic Coast Pipeline Route through National Forests

The Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance issues the following statement in response to the U.S. Forest Service’s January 19, 2016, letter rejecting the proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline: The Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA) strongly support... Read More »

EPA Urged to Adopt Stronger Incentives for Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency in Clean Power Plan

Charlottesville, VA—As model carbon trading rules are finalized for the Clean Power Plan, clean energy supporters are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to let energy efficiency and renewable energy compete on a level playing field with... Read More »

New Report Offers Less Costly and Less Destructive Plan for U.S. Route 460

Richmond, VA—Today the Southern Environmental Law Center released a report, prepared by Walter Kulash, a transportation engineer with over 40 years experience, proposing an alternative to upgrade existing Route 460 between Suffolk and Zuni that would... Read More »

CBF, SELC, and Partners Argue Supreme Court Should Let Bay Restoration Rulings Stand

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) President William C. Baker and partners issued the following statement regarding their brief calling for the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand the lower courts’ rulings on challenges to Bay restoration. That brief, along... Read More »

Court Rules in Favor of Flawed Northern Beltline Project

A district court issued a ruling late yesterday that responsible agencies met threshold legal requirements for a review of environmental impacts and alternative transportation investments for the Northern Beltline Read More »

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