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SELC Press Releases

Duke’s Refusal to Clean Up its Coal Ash Pollution Slap in the Face of N.C. Communities

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—The Southern Environmental Law Center released the following statement by Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, regarding Duke Energy’s announcement that it will fight the state order requiring it... Read More »

North Carolina Orders Duke Energy to Clean Up its Coal Ash Pollution

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality today announced it would order Duke Energy to move its coal ash stored in unlined, leaking pits at six sites across the state. Read More »

Time Running Out to Save Wild Red Wolves as National Academies of Sciences Confirms Species Status

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – In response to today’s report confirming the classification of red wolves as a species by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Read More »

Conservation Groups Challenge Department of the Interior’s Failure to Disclose Public Information

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Defenders of Wildlife filed suit late yesterday Read More »

Virginia Leaps Forward on Coal Ash

RICHMOND, VA—Today, years of work by a host of dedicated citizens, conservation groups, and elected officials came to fruition, as Governor Northam signed legislation to clean up more than 28 million tons of coal ash. Read More »

Local Residents, Hunters, and Fishermen Outraged by Approval of $500M Mid-Currituck Bridge

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.– Local residents from the Currituck mainland and the northern Outer Banks—along with hunters, fishermen, and wildlife enthusiasts —reacted with dismay when NCDOT announced that it had signed an approval for the Mid-Currituck Bridge. Read More »

Energy’s plan to keep uneconomic coal plants online will burden North Carolina’s customers

RALEIGH, N.C. — A coalition of clean energy advocates have filed expert analyses with North Carolina utility regulators finding that the Duke Energy’s long-range plans would cost customers too much money by keeping aging, inefficient coal plants onli Read More »

SELC Announces Winners of the 2019 Reed Environmental Writing Awards

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—The Southern Environmental Law Center has announced the winners of the 2019 Phillip D. Reed Environmental Writing Awards, to be presented during this year’s Virginia Festival of the Book. Read More »

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 »

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