Southern Environmental Law Center

Environmental groups are suing to block a 52-mile highway that would complete a perimeter road around metro Birmingham.

The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the federal lawsuit Friday on behalf of Black Warrior Riverkeeper.

The suit contends the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to follow the Clean Water Act and other laws when it approved permits for the first construction phase of the so-called Northern Beltline.

Alabama Power / Wikipedia

Two groups have asked a federal agency to reconsider the license renewal for Alabama Power's seven dams on the Coosa River.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Alabama Power's new license last month. The Alabama Rivers Alliance and American Rivers say more study is needed. Alabama Rivers Alliance program director Mitch Reid says the renewal was a bad decision based on bad data. The two groups are being represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.