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Federal Offshore Drilling Plan for Virginia Opposed

Federal Offshore Drilling Plan for Virginia Opposed

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia, January 13, 2009 (ENS) – The Southern Environmental Law Center, SELC, on behalf of itself and three other organizations, has called on the U.S. Department of Interior to abandon plans to open the Virginia coast to oil or gas drilling. In a letter to the Minerals Management Service Monday, the law center detailed…

Court Cancels EPA Clean Water Act Exemption for Pesticides

Court Cancels EPA Clean Water Act Exemption for Pesticides

CINCINNATI, Ohio, January 7, 2009 (ENS) – Environmental groups today celebrated their victory as an appeals court vacated a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that has allowed pesticides to be applied to U.S. waters without a Clean Water Act permit. On November 27, 2007, the EPA issued the final rule, which states that pesticides applied…

Law Center Names 10 Most Endangered Places in the South

Law Center Names 10 Most Endangered Places in the South

WASHINGTON, DC, January 6, 2009 (ENS) – The largest environmental advocacy organization working to protect the Southeast, Monday announced a list of 10 special places in the region that face immediate, potentially irreparable threats in 2009. The Southern Environmental Law Center said the 10 most endangered places were chosen from among hundreds that are impacted…

Mile-Long Petition Opposes Dominion Coal Plant in Virginia

Mile-Long Petition Opposes Dominion Coal Plant in Virginia

RICHMOND, Virginia, May 9, 2008 (ENS) – Dominion Power proposes building a coal-fired power plant in Wise County, Virginia, but many Virginians oppose the facility because of the climate-warming greenhouse gases it would produce. So many Virginians want to block the power plant that their 42,400 signatures fill rolls of paper a mile long displayed…

Navajo Challenge Uranium Mining Permit on Tribal Lands

Navajo Challenge Uranium Mining Permit on Tribal Lands

SANTA FE, New Mexico, April 19, 2008 (ENS) – For the first time in history, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NRC, will be challenged in federal appeals court for its approval of a source materials license for an in situ leach uranium mine. The Navajo communities of Crownpoint and Church Rock, New Mexico will fight the…

Virginia Law Requiring Use of Virginia Coal May Be Unconstitutional

Virginia Law Requiring Use of Virginia Coal May Be Unconstitutional

RICHMOND, Virginia, March 21, 2008 (ENS) – A state law passed last year to encourage construction of a power plant in southwestern Virginia requires the plant to burn Virginia coal. This provision makes the law unconstitutional, the Southern Environmental Law Center said in a filing with the State Corporation Commission, SCC, challenging the law. By…

Court Rules Against Arizona Cattlemen, for Mexican Spotted Owl

Court Rules Against Arizona Cattlemen, for Mexican Spotted Owl

February 15th, Phoenix, AZ – The federal district court in Phoenix has upheld protection of 8.6 million acres of critical habitat for the threatened Mexican spotted owl in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. For the Mexican spotted owl, critical habitat ensures that Forest Service logging does not drive the owl to extinction or limit…