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Over 2 Million Tons of Coal Ash Removed from Banks of Wateree River near Columbia

Under a settlement agreement with the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, SCE&G reports that over 2 million tons of coal ash and underlying soil have been removed from its coal ash lagoon on the banks of the Wateree River near Columbia, South Carolina. The coal ash lagoon was estimated to contain approximately 2.4 million tons of coal ash originally, and this report shows that the cleanup is over 75 percent complete.  As the coal ash has been removed, arsenic contamination of groundwater has plummeted. The levels of arsenic have dropped over 90 percent since the settlement was reached in 2012 and extensive coal ash removal began.

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Upstate Forever files appeal in Glassy Mountain case

The conservation nonprofit wants Pickens County's Planning Commission to reconsider development near Glassy Mountain

Local conservation organization Upstate Forever has filed an appeal and a request for pre-litigation mediation in Pickens County circuit court in response to a decision by the Pickens County Planning Commission to approve a development at the base of the Glassy Mountain Heritage Trust Preserve in Pickens County.

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New Paddle Website for South Carolina Goes Live; Governor Henry McMaster Proclaims July Paddle Month

Paddle SCNew comprehensive website makes it easier to connect people to the waterways of South Carolina

Upstate Forever revealed the new www.GoPaddleSC.com website at the Glendale Outdoor Leadership School.

The website features an interactive map of blueways in South Carolina that allows users to easily search for a water adventure based on criteria such as skill level, location, and duration of trip. The online map includes listings of trips ideas and waterways across South Carolina as well as resources that will help paddlers navigate such as coastal tides and river flow gauges. The website will be updated with additional content on a regular basis and currently includes descriptions of 63 waterways, 108 trip listings, 390 points of interest, and 612 river accesses.

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Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth File Formal Request on S.C. Nuclear Reactor Construction Project

Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth File Formal Request with S.C. Public Service Commission for Hearing on the Prudence of Troubled V.C. Summer Nuclear Reactor Construction Project, Call for Halt to Spending

In an effort to inform the public about the stunning failure of the nuclear reactor construction in South Carolina, two public interest groups filed a complaint about the project with the South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC).  With the filing, the groups aim to break the silence of decision makers about further cost overruns and massive rate hikes that loom as the project unravels.

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Baby Boom Continues at Greenville Zoo

Baby Amur Leopard Cub at Greenville Zoo

The Greenville Zoo is celebrating the birth of two Amur leopard cubs. Born April 29, the cubs are the first offspring for parents Jade and Nelkan. Jade is the zoo’s seven-year-old female and Nelkan is an 11-year-old male that was imported from Zoo Hoyerswerda in Berlin, Germany as part of the Amur Leopard Species Survival Plan (SSP). Jade was transferred to the Greenville Zoo in 2011 from the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend, Indiana. Nelkan was imported and transferred to the Greenville Zoo specifically to breed with Jade. He arrived at the zoo in November and the two were introduced on January 18.

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