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SELC Press Releases

U.S. Forest Service Finalizes 11th-hour Rule to Cut Science and Public Input; Increase Logging on National Forests

WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Forest Service announced today that it is set to finalize a rule that will cut science-based analysis, transparency, and public input from nearly every decision the agency makes, including logging, roadbuilding, and rights... Read More »

Conservation Groups Sue USFWS to Save Wild Red Wolves

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - On behalf of Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and Animal Welfare Institute, the Southern Environmental Law Center today sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North... Read More »

Groups Challenge Trump Administration Rule Allowing More Toxic Wastewater from Coal Plants

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Representing groups from communities near and downstream of coal plants in the Carolinas, the Southern Environmental Law Center today challenged the Trump administration’s rewrite of a rule Read More »

Dominion attempts to undercut savings from VCEA

RICHMOND, VA - Today, the SELC on behalf of Appalachian Voices revealed at the Virginia SCC that Dominion Energy’s plans would undercut savings from the Virginia Clean Economy Act by overcharging customers for inefficient and unnecessary projects. Read More »

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Congressman Donald McEachin, and Advocates host Townhall marking 48th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- To highlight the 48th anniversary of the Clean Water Act becoming law, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Congressman Donald McEachin (D-VA), state and tribal officials, and other clean water advocates hosted a virtual to... Read More »

After fuel spill, $1.5 million secured for S.C. watershed

GREENVILLE, S.C.  — A fund of $1.5 million has been established to protect and remediate water resources in Anderson County as a result of a Clean Water Act suit brought by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of Upstate Forever and the Sa... Read More »

Haw River Assembly and City of Burlington Agree to PFAS and 1,4-dioxane Investigation

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Haw River Assembly, finalized a memorandum of agreement with the City of Burlington in which the city agreed to investigate the sources of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemi Read More »

SC horseshoe crab harvest challenged

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is failing to follow the law and its obligation to protect one of South Carolina’s most pristine coastal sanctuaries by allowing commercial harvest of horseshoe crabs at Cape Romain National Wildl... Read More »

N.C. Court Approves Agreement for 99% Reduction of Chemours’ GenX & Other PFAS Water Pollution

A state court today approved an agreement that details the next steps under a consent order negotiated by the SELC on behalf of Cape Fear River Watch with N.C. DEQ and Chemours that requires the company to stop 99% of PFAS water pollution. Read More »

Seismic blasting efforts halted for Atlantic Ocean

CHARLESTON, S.C.  — A status conference on seismic litigation revealed today the industry will not pursue efforts to employ seismic blasting to search the Atlantic Ocean for offshore petroleum deposits this year, and possibly for several years. The... Read More »

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