May 11, 2021

Setting New Records | E-News for May 2021

Dear Friend, 

Thank you for your continued engagement with the South Carolina Environmental Project. Last week, hundreds of our supporters across South Carolina and beyond rallied together on Palmetto Giving Day to raise over $130,000, of which more than $60,000 was raised online in 36 hours, setting new records and keeping Your Lawyers for the Wild Side going strong. 

As you'll read here, we are already putting these investments to work. We again urged the U.S. government to take the necessary hard look at its plans to produce dangerous and expensive plutonium pits for nuclear bombs—or else we'll see them in court. In the Upstate and in the Midlands, we are appealing the authorizations of industrial and polluting activities near beloved streams, creeks and rivers. 

So much of our own health and the health of our communities relies on the protection and maintenance of our natural resources. Because of supporters like you, we will continue fighting and winning for our mountains and marshes. 

With sincere gratitude, 
Amy E. Armstrong

Federal Nuclear Weapon Plans Unsafe for SC and NM

On behalf of a multi-state coalition, we warned the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration of an impending lawsuit over their refusal to fully examine the safety and environmental impacts of their plans to produce plutonium pits in New Mexico and South Carolina. Among our many concerns, the production of these nuclear bomb cores would put hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars on the line and saddle already-burdened communities with massive quantities of toxic and radioactive waste. Learn more...

Scrapping Over Gills Creek and Congaree River

Working with the Congaree Riverkeeper and the Gills Creek Watershed Association, we are seeking to reverse the Columbia Board of Zoning Appeals' approval of a new automobile scrap yard located only several hundred feet from Gills Creek, which ultimately flows into the Congaree River. The potential leaks of fuel, oil and grease, heavy metals and other pollutants from the facility's operations would harm water quality and enjoyment of these precious waters. Read more ... 

Fighting For Your Waters and Your Rights

To our shock and frustration, our Clean Water Act suit against an Upstate event venue that repeatedly discharged sediment-laden stormwater into tributaries of Little Eastatoe Creek and Eastatoe River was dismissed by the U.S. District Court in Greenville. The dismissal was particularly troubling in its hobbling of citizens' rights to hold such polluters accountable. We are appealing the court's decision on behalf of Naturaland Trust, Trout Unlimited and Upstate Forever. Learn more ...

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