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A Deep Dive on Shoreline Reform

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The last time I emailed you, I shared the good news that the most important policy for protecting our beachfront was returned to House Bill 4683—the non-seaward baseline. And last week, the bill was signed into law by Governor Henry McMaster. This important policy win was only made possible by your participation and engagement. So first, I want to say thank you for hanging in there and for making a difference in the laws…

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Statement on the Defeat of House Bill 3529

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Coastal Conservation League Press Statement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2018 Emily Cedzo – Land, Water & Wildlife Program Director – emilyc@scccl.org – (843) 725-1290 Caitie Forde-Smith – Communications Director – caitiefs@scccl.org – (252) 714-4790 CHARLESTON, SC – In response to news from Columbia that lawmakers will not consider a statewide ban on local single-use plastics bans (House Bill 3529), essentially killing the bill this legislative session, Land, Water & Wildlife Program Director Emily Cedzo said: Our communities should celebrate today….

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House Bill 3529: The Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bans is Dead

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Wednesday, May 9: Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey confirms that lawmakers will not consider H. 3529 before the end of legislative session (Thursday, May 10), essentially killing the legislation. Thursday, April 12: H. 3529 was passed out of Senate Committee and will now hit the Senate floor. This is the FINAL stop before becoming potential law. Now, more than ever, we need your support to stop this bad bill. Please thank Senators Senn,

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House Bill 4683: The Shoreline Bill Becomes Law

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Thursday, May 3: The bill was signed into law by Governor McMaster. Thursday, April 19: The bill, upholding a baseline that will never move more seaward, was passed out of the Senate and sent back to the House for concurrence. The House concurred on April 25 and the bill is heading to the Governor’s desk to be signed. Thursday, March 29:  The bill was discussed, amended, and passed out of the full Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources…

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Offshore Drilling Resolutions at the State House

Thursday, April 26, 2018

House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee April 25, 2018 Testimony of Alan Hancock Good afternoon, Madame Chairwoman, and members of the subcommittee, my name is Alan Hancock. I am the Energy and Climate Advocacy Director for the Coastal Conservation League. We are a non-partisan, non-profit organization based in Charleston, with offices in Beaufort, Georgetown, and here in Columbia. We work to protect the natural landscapes, abundant wildlife, clean water, and quality of life here in South Carolina. I am here…

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Statement on Today’s Supreme Court Ruling on Captain Sams Spit

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Coastal Conservation League and South Carolina Environmental Law Project PRESS STATEMENT Emily Cedzo — Land, Water & Wildlife Program Director — emilyc@scccl.org — (843) 725-1290 Caitie Forde-Smith — Communications Director — caitiefs@scccl.org — (252) 714-4790 For Immediate Release April 18, 2018 CHARLESTON, SC — Today, in an unprecedented fourth opinion, the South Carolina Supreme Court definitively denied a half-mile long wall proposed by developers on the sandy riverbanks of Captain Sams Spit and issued a stern rebuke of the Administrative Law Court’s 2016 decision. In…

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By the numbers: South Coast Land Conservation

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Over the last year, the Trust for Public Land and Beaufort County Open Land Trust have analyzed the economic impact of land conservation in Beaufort County. Their research focused on property values, access to local food from protected farmland, the value of clean air and water, and spending associated with outdoor recreation. You can read more in a recent op-ed by Councilman Brian Flewelling, and watch an interview about the study. Please…

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Statement on Today’s Committee Vote on House Bill 3529

Thursday, April 12, 2018

PRESS STATEMENT Emily Cedzo – Land, Water & Wildlife Program Director– (843) 725-1290 – emilyc@scccl.org Caitie Forde-Smith – Communications Director – (252) 714-4790 – caitiefs@scccl.org For Immediate Release April 11, 2018 CHARLESTON, SC – In response to today’s Senate Labor, Commerce & Industry committee vote to advance House Bill 3529, a bill that would prevent local municipalities from addressing plastic pollution and considering bag bans, Coastal Conservation League Land, Water and Wildlife Program Director Emily Cedzo issued the following statement: Local…

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Statement on Mount Pleasant’s Single-Use Plastics Ban

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

PRESS STATEMENT Caitie Forde-Smith – Communications Director – (252) 714-4790 – caitiefs@scccl.org For Immediate Release April 10, 2018 CHARLESTON, SC – In response to tonight’s vote by Mount Pleasant’s Town Council to approve an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags, straws, and Styrofoam, Coastal Conservation League Executive Director Laura Cantral issued the following statement: Town of Mount Pleasant residents should be proud of Town Council’s vote tonight passing the most comprehensive ban on single-use plastics in state history. An…

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Statement on Today’s Vote on S.C. House Bill 4421

Thursday, April 5, 2018

PRESS STATEMENT Eddy Moore – Energy and Climate Program Director – (843) 725-2061 – eddym@scccl.org Alan Hancock – Energy and Climate Advocacy Director – (843) 277-7622 – alanh@scccl.org Caitie Forde-Smith – Communications Director – (252) 714-4790 – caitiefs@scccl.org For Immediate Release April 5, 2018 CHARLESTON, SC – In response to today’s vote in the S.C. House of Representatives (64-33) to pass House Bill 4421, a bill that would lift a 2 percent cap on solar energy in South Carolina and give more South Carolinians…

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