Press Releases

SELC Press Releases

Response to Interior and Agriculture Press Conference on Wildfire Management

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) today released the following statement in response to a press conference held by Sonny Perdue, Agriculture Secretary, and Ryan Zinke, Interior Secretary, about fire management on U.S. public lands. Read More »

Birmingham City Council Passes Resolution against Cahaba Beach Road

Today the Birmingham City Council passed a resolution to oppose Cahaba Beach Road, a proposed project which would allow construction of a road and bridge through the heart of an undeveloped area that protects Birmingham’s drinking water. Read More »

Federal Court Approves Flint Riverkeeper and Southern Mills’ Resolution of Clean Water Act Suit

A federal judge has approved an agreement reached between Flint Riverkeeper, neighboring property owners, and Southern Mills, Inc. to resolve a citizen suit brought by Flint Riverkeeper and the neighboring property owners under the Clean Water Act. Read More »

Groups Go to Court to Protect Haw River & Jordan Lake from Impacts of Massive Chatham Park Development in Pittsboro

On behalf of the Haw River Assembly, the SELC today filed a motion to intervene with the Office of Administrative Hearings to protect the Haw River and Jordan Lake. Read More »

Virginia turning a corner on coal ash cleanup

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA— Today the Northam Administration announced an agreement between the Commonwealth of Virginia and Dominion Energy to ensure that the coal ash at Dominion’s Chesapeake Energy Center will be required to meet the same regulatory stan... Read More »

Health Risks Found at Dutch Gap Conservation Area Due to Chesterfield Coal Ash

A new report finds that pollution coming from the Chesterfield Power Station may be leading to an increased health risk for some visitors to the nearby Chesterfield County Dutch Gap Conservation Area. Approximately 15 million tons of coal ash, a bypr... Read More »

Duke Energy Confirms Pollution of Groundwater, Stability Problems at Unlined Coal Ash Pits Across North Carolina

Duke Energy is polluting groundwater, damaging wetlands, and storing coal ash in unstable areas at unlined, leaking sites in North and South Carolina. Read More »

Court Victory: Wild Red Wolves Get a Chance at Survival

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina today issued an order declaring that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act. Read More »

Virginia Argues for Maintaining Longstanding Uranium Mining Ban

Today the United States Supreme Court heard argument from the Commonwealth of Virginia in support of its 35-year old statewide ban on uranium mining, which is being challenged by Virginia Uranium, Inc. Read More »

Governor Northam Strengthens Preparation for Climate Change

RICHMOND, VA — Today Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued an Executive Order on Increasing Virginia’s Resilience to Sea Level Rise and Natural Hazards. Read More »