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Trump Administration Announces Its Most Destructive Attack on the Clean Water Act


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have finalized the Trump administration’s most environmentally destructive...

North Carolina Settlement Results in Largest Coal Ash Cleanup in America


Community Groups, N.C. DEQ and Duke Energy Reach Settlement to Clean Up Coal Ash at Six North Carolina Sites The Southern Environmental Law Center today...

Public Interest Groups Sue EPA to Curb Slaughterhouse Pollution


EPA’s Decision Not to Update Pollution Standards Allows Slaughterhouses to Continue Discharging Unhealthy Amounts of Pollution into the Nation’s Waterways...

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Scientists Accept Disney Offer to Discuss Concerns about Lighthouse Point and Call for attention to Climate Change and Marine Protected Area


Scientists and experts with extensive experience with Bahamian marine environments have sent a letter to a top Disney official accepting his offer to discuss...

Insure Our Future Campaign Targets Liberty Mutual, Top Fossil Fuel Insurer


Following the release of the 2019 Insurance, Coal, and Climate Change Scorecard, demonstrators visit Liberty Mutual offices in Boston and Seattle Today,...

Conservationists Intervene in Ludicrous Effort to Dam the Little Colorado River Half a Mile from the Grand Canyon


Today a coalition of conservation organizations sought intervention and opposed preliminary permits for a series of new dams and reservoirs on the Little...

Florida Officials Urged to Set Standards to Protect People, Wildlife From Harmful Algal Blooms


Nine conservation groups sent a letter today urging Florida officials to set water-quality standards for the harmful toxins in algal blooms. The groups...

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24 Scientists, Experts Oppose Disney’s Proposed Cruise Ship Port at Lighthouse Point on Eleuthera, The Bahamas


The “Last Chance for Lighthouse Point” campaign today released a letter from twenty-four independent scientists and experts, setting out the technical...

Environmental groups sue NYC to enforce Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act


Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic files lawsuit against NYC DEP on behalf of eight national, regional and local organizations to ensure the public is...

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Trump Administration Rolls Back Protections for Millions of Acres of Wetlands, Waterways


The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule today rolling back protections for millions of acres of wetlands, vernal...

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N.C.’s Poultry Waste Threat Growing by 18.16 Million birds Since Florence


North Carolina’s unregulated poultry industry added enough barns in the year since Hurricane Florence to house at least 18.165 million more birds at...

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Stop Disney – Last Chance for Lighthouse Point Campaign Grows and Urges Disney to Respond to Concerns of 40,000+ Supporters


Launched on July 15, the Stop Disney – Last Chance for Lighthouse Point campaign has attracted more than 40,000 supporters in just three weeks. Comments...

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Groups Announce Historic Coal Ash Cleanup Agreement with Brunner Island


Brunner Island Power Plant Owners Agree to $1 Million Penalty, Largest Ever Assessed in PA for Coal Ash Pollution Four environmental groups today announced...

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Legal Petition Seeks Ban on Plastic Pollution From Petrochemical Plants


Decades-old EPA Limits Require Update As Plastic Production Booms More than 270 community and conservation organizations filed a legal petition today that...

N.C. Takes Step to Remove “Swamp Waters” Classification from Lower Cape Fear River


North Carolina’s Environmental Management Commission today granted a petition from environmental groups to remove the “swamp waters” classification...

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Groups Launch Legal Action to Protect Waterways from Slaughterhouse Pollution


Conservation groups today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to update slaughterhouse wastewater...

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Decision to Exempt Factory Farms From Reporting Hazardous Air Pollution


Community and conservation groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for overstepping its authority in exempting factory farms from pollution-reporting...

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Community, Environmental Groups File Constitutional Challenge to Laws Limiting Individual Property Rights


North Carolina environmental and community groups today filed a constitutional challenge to state laws limiting nuisance suits against industrial hog operations,...

Lawsuit Launched to Stop Toxic Algae Bloom Releases From Lake Okeechobee


Conservation groups sued three federal agencies today for failing to address harm to Florida’s endangered species from Lake Okeechobee releases containing...

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Approval of Massive Utah Oil Shale Development


Water-sucking Project Threatens Endangered Species, Climate, Air Quality Conservation groups today sued the Trump administration to challenge what would...

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Groups Move to Defend N.C. Order that Duke Energy Must Clean Up Coal Ash Pollution at Six Sites


Duke’s Refusal Follows Years of Public Outcry, Pollution, Crimes & Spills Community groups represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center moved...

Musician Josie Dunne Joins Zappos and Sperry to Support Waterkeeper Alliance and Combat the Ocean Plastics Epidemic


Sperry, the iconic footwear brand with a heritage of innovation and love for the sea, and Atlantic recording artist Josie Dunne, known for her personal...

On Earth Day, Rep. Huffman Introduces Bill to Clean Up Postal Service Trucks


Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today introduced the Federal Leadership in Energy Efficient Transportation (FLEET) Act of 2019, legislation...

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Federal Appeals Court Orders EPA to Strengthen Rule on Toxic Wastewater from Power Plants


EPA must update guidelines for reducing toxic wastewater pollution from steam-electric power plants Siding with environmentalists, the U.S. Court of Appeals...

North Carolina Riverkeepers Respond to Swine Waste Management General Permit


North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality released the state’s Swine Waste Management General Permit today, which governs disposal of the...

Trump’s Executive Order Undermines States’ Rights


President Trump plans today to sign an executive order that attempts to limit states’ role in approving permits required for oil and gas projects under...

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


Decision Follows Years of Public Outcry, Pollution, Crimes & Spills After hundreds of North Carolina residents came out to meetings and called for...

20 Years of Water Protection and Counting – Waterkeeper Alliance Targets Clean Water Growth Plan to Protect Waterways Worldwide


Network of clean water advocates protect more than 2.5 million square miles of waterways across globe to ensure clean drinking water and safe water access...