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SELC Press Releases

New Law Sets Virginia on a Clean Energy Path

On Saturday Governor Ralph Northam signed the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which will replace all carbon-emitting power plants in Virginia with zero-carbon generation by 2050, with milestones to ensure progress along the way. Read More »

Groups Tell DEQ Chemours’ Plan Doesn’t Comply with State Law and Leaves its GenX Pollution in place for Decades

A proposed plan by Chemours under a consent order does not even attempt to comply with state law and would leave highly contaminated groundwater in the ground to pollute the Cape Fear River for decades to come, SELC and CFRW told the NC DEQ. Read More »

Groups file lawsuit against Frontier Logistics over plastic pollution

CHARLESTON, S.C. — After submitting the required notices, and without a satisfactory response from Frontier Logistics, SELC has filed a federal lawsuit against the plastic-pellet packager and shipper asserting that the company is responsible for ongo... Read More »

Experts Expose Glaring Flaws in Alabama Power’s Billion Dollar Request

MONTGOMERY, AL—Hearings concluded today before the Alabama Public Service Commission concerning Alabama Power’s petition to add nearly 2.4 gigawatts of new capacity, a proposal that will cost customers at least $1.1 billion. Read More »

Court: Charleston cruise-terminal neighbors must be heard

COLUMBIA, SC – Neighbors affected by a proposed Charleston cruise terminal’s diesel soot and traffic congestion will finally have their voices heard on the terminal’s state permits. The Supreme Court of South Carolina ruled today the neighbors do in... Read More »

SELC moves to postpone NEPA changes over FOIA failures

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Attorneys today moved to pump the brakes on a sweeping and industry-friendly downgrade to the National Environmental Policy Act because the Trump administration has refused to provide required public documents that would shed li... Read More »

SELC Announces Winners of the Phil Reed Environmental Writing Awards

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—The Southern Environmental Law Center has announced the winners of its 2020 Phillip D. Reed Environmental Writing Awards, to be presented during the Virginia Festival of the Book in March. Read More »

Gasp, SELC Seek Intervention in Flawed ABC Coke Settlement

Birmingham, AL—Conservation groups have filed a motion to intervene in ongoing efforts to approve a proposed settlement to address ABC Coke’s illegal emissions of benzene and the impacts on communities around northeast Birmingham and Tarrant, AL. Read More »

Trump Administration Announces Unprecedented Move to Strip Clean Water Act Protections

WASHINGTON–The Trump administration today announced its rule to gut long-established clean water protections despite opposition from hundreds of thousands of Americans. Read More »

White House works to cut public voices from big projects

The Trump administration today revealed a disastrous wish list of cuts to the nation’s bedrock environmental law -- the National Environmental Policy Act -- that will placate industry executives and lobbyists while stripping away the voices of the co... Read More »

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