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EPA Rule conforming to U.S. Supreme Court decision that restricted wetlands protections comes as hurricanes threaten the South

WASHINGTON, August 29, 2023 – The Southern Environmental Law Center today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rule conforming to the May 2023 U.S. Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Sackett v. EPA, which drastically reduced the scope of federally protected wetlands and other […]

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Conservation groups appeal NEPA court ruling; Biden admin defends Trump rule

A group of 17 conservation organizations is challenging a federal court decision that would effectively block the rights of citizens to challenge a damaging downgrade of the rules outlining how the National Environmental Policy Act, the oldest of our federal environmental laws, is carried out. The appeal is the next stage in a lawsuit alleging the Trump administration violated […]

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Lawsuit: Government illegally ‘cut corners’ to ram through NEPA changes

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, July 29, 2020 – SELC is representing a group of 17 environmental organizations in a lawsuit filed today accusing the government of racing through an industry-friendly rewrite of the National Environmental Policy Act by “cutting corners” and discarding decades of rule-making policies that ensure major legal changes are done fairly and transparently. If allowed to […]

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Community Groups, N.C. DEQ and Duke Energy Reach Settlement to Clean Up Coal Ash at Six North Carolina Sites

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. January 2, 2020 – 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 Appalachian Voices, Stokes County Branch of the NAACP, MountainTrue, Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Waterkeeper Alliance, […]

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New Report: Hurricanes and Offshore Drilling Would Be a Dangerous Combination for the Southeast

Chapel Hill, NC, Oct. 24, 2018 – As the Southeast rebuilds from Hurricane Florence and the damage compounded by Hurricane Michael, and while the Trump administration continues its push to open the Atlantic to offshore drilling, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) today released a new report documenting the ways hurricanes could become even more […]

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Groups Sue for Information about Heartland Institute’s Involvement in EPA Climate Science Decisions

Washington, D.C. March 17, 2018 – The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to release information about the Heartland Institute’s efforts to attack climate science. SELC and EDF had filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for correspondence between EPA and the […]

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Local Groups File Challenge to Protect Sunset Beach and Bird Island

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. August 11, 2016 – On behalf of the Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association and North Carolina Coastal Federation, the Southern Environmental Law Center today filed its challenge in the state Office of Administrative Hearings to North Carolina’s permit for a private developer to bulldoze 15 acres of protective dunes along the Sunset Beach, […]

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