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SELC Press Releases

North Carolina Settlement Results in Largest Coal Ash Cleanup in America

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— The Southern Environmental Law Center today announced it reached a settlement with Duke Energy and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality to clean up coal ash at six North Carolina sites on behalf of community groups. Read More »

Utility completes required excavation of millions of tons of toxic coal ash

COLUMBIA, SC - Dominion Energy has finished excavating 3.5 million tons of arsenic-contaminated coal ash from its Wateree Station on the banks of the Wateree River. Read More »

Public Service Commission Hikes Mandatory Fees for Georgia Power Customers

ATLANTA, GA—Today the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) issued a final order in Georgia Power’s 2019 rate case that will result in higher bills and less control over those bills for Georgia Power’s customers. Read More »

Expert: Charleston nurdle pollution “disturbing”

CHARLESTON, SC — A national expert on plastic pellet pollution says the concentration of so-called “nurdles” found in the area around the city’s harbor is among the worst he’s seen since he started building a national database last year. Jace Tunnel... Read More »

Governor Northam’s budget is what Virginia needs to fight climate change

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Today, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam proposed a budget that will include $733 million in new funding for the environment, clean energy, and environmental justice work, and will remove language that has prevented Virginia from Read More »

2019 Trends Making and Braking Rooftop Solar in the South

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Today the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) announced its 2019 Solar “Makers” and “Brakers” list highlighting key trends in policies and actions impacting the growth of rooftop solar across the sunny South. Read More »

Conservation Groups Act to Stop PFAS Pollution from Burlington Wastewater Treatment Plants

SELC notified the City of Burlington of its intent to sue the city for its undisclosed and illegal PFAS pollution of the Haw River, its tributaries, and Jordan Lake, the drinking water sources for Pittsboro, N. Chatham County, Cary and Apex. Read More »

Administration Proposes Gutting Rule that Limits Toxic Wastewater from Coal Plants

In response to the Trump administration's proposed rollback of two crucial rules aimed at limiting coal plants' ability to dump toxic pollution into rivers and lakes, and shuting down waterfront coal ash lagoons. Read More »

Groups announce investigation into pellet pollution

CHARLESTON, SC — Environmental groups have sent a notice of intent to sue Frontier Logistics for ongoing plastic pollution from its packaging facility at Union Pier Terminal. The 60-day notice submitted today by the Southern Environmental Law Center... Read More »

Georgia Court of Appeals Sends Plant Vogtle Challenge Back to Fulton County Superior Court

Groups challenging the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) decision to continue the Vogtle nuclear expansion project despite billions in cost overruns will have another chance to make their case that the decision was procedurally flawed and unlawful. Read More »

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