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SELC Press Releases

New Study Finds Overwhelming Support for Wilderness Protections in the Southern Appalachians

ATLANTA, GA – A study, conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, found strong support for the preservation and expansion of wilderness areas Read More »

Court Rejects ACP Request to Overturn Appalachian Trail Decision

RICHMOND VA— Today, the Fourth Circuit declined to reconsider its December ruling that the U.S. Forest Service lacked authority to authorize the Atlantic Coast Pipeline from crossing the Appalachian Trail. The Court also found that Atlantic and the F Read More »

Court Voids Two Constitutional Amendments

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Wake County Superior Court today ruled that the illegally gerrymandered North Carolina General Assembly did not have legal authority to place constitutional amendments on the ballot Read More »

Shelby County Health Department Puts Strict Limits on TVA Water Wells at Allen Power Plant

MEMPHIS, TN — This week, the Shelby County Health Department placed strict limits on the use of five water wells at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Allen natural gas plant. Read More »

Conservation Groups Challenge Deficient Water Quality Permit for $2.2 Billion 540 Toll Road

RALEIGH, N.C. – On behalf of Sound Rivers, the Center for Biological Diversity, and Clean Air Carolina, the SELC today filed a petition in North Carolina’s Office of Administrative Hearings challenging the state’s issuance of a water quality Read More »

GenX Consent Order Stopping Chemours’ Pollution Modified After Public Comment

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Cape Fear River Watch and the Southern Environmental Law Center today issued the following statements regarding changes made to a proposed consent order Read More »

SELC joins groups in filing motion to halt seismic blasting

CHARLESTON, SC – A group of conservation organizations including SELC today asked a federal judge to block the start of harmful seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean, a precursor to offshore drilling, until the case can be fully heard in cour... Read More »

Camden County Keeps Local Residents in the Dark about Spaceport Risks

WOODBINE, GA—Georgia conservation groups and concerned residents are demanding answers from Camden County and Spaceport Camden consultants, charging that unlawfully withholding documents concerning public safety and environmental impacts leaves local... Read More »

Coal Ash Cleanup Victory in Virginia

Today, Virginia legislators from both sides of the aisle came together amid a remarkably tumultuous political backdrop, to pass a law that will once and for all protect Virginians from coal ash toxins in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Read More »

New Video Outlines What’s at Stake in Federal Proposal to Gut Clean Water Act

Earlier today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened the public comment period for citizens to provide feedback on a proposal to gut the Clean Water Act by redefining what waters are protected. Read More »