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SELC Press Releases

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 »

Union Hill Citizens Overpower Unfair Atlantic Coast Pipeline

RICHMOND, VA — Today, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals handed Friends of Buckingham, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, a victory in their case against the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Read More »

North Carolina Settlement Results in Largest Coal Ash Cleanup in America

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— The Southern Environmental Law Center today announced it reached a settlement with Duke Energy and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality to clean up coal ash at six North Carolina sites on behalf of community groups. Read More »

Utility completes required excavation of millions of tons of toxic coal ash

COLUMBIA, SC - Dominion Energy has finished excavating 3.5 million tons of arsenic-contaminated coal ash from its Wateree Station on the banks of the Wateree River. Read More »

Public Service Commission Hikes Mandatory Fees for Georgia Power Customers

ATLANTA, GA—Today the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) issued a final order in Georgia Power’s 2019 rate case that will result in higher bills and less control over those bills for Georgia Power’s customers. Read More »

Expert: Charleston nurdle pollution “disturbing”

CHARLESTON, SC — A national expert on plastic pellet pollution says the concentration of so-called “nurdles” found in the area around the city’s harbor is among the worst he’s seen since he started building a national database last year. Jace Tunnel... Read More »

Governor Northam’s budget is what Virginia needs to fight climate change

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Today, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam proposed a budget that will include $733 million in new funding for the environment, clean energy, and environmental justice work, and will remove language that has prevented Virginia from Read More »

2019 Trends Making and Braking Rooftop Solar in the South

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Today the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) announced its 2019 Solar “Makers” and “Brakers” list highlighting key trends in policies and actions impacting the growth of rooftop solar across the sunny South. Read More »

Conservation Groups Act to Stop PFAS Pollution from Burlington Wastewater Treatment Plants

SELC notified the City of Burlington of its intent to sue the city for its undisclosed and illegal PFAS pollution of the Haw River, its tributaries, and Jordan Lake, the drinking water sources for Pittsboro, N. Chatham County, Cary and Apex. Read More »

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