BREDL Statement on the death of George Floyd

BREDL sends letter to Governor Northam requesting he prevent an influx of thousands of out of state pipeline workers into southwest and southside Virginia during ongoing pandemic

Aug. 06, 2020: We have grave concerns that adding thousands of workers - many coming from states currently designated as "hot spots" for COVID-19 - will not only significantly increase the number of cases in these counties but will also put an undue burden on our local healthcare system.

Given what we do know about the COVID-19 outbreak, we hereby request you prevent an influx of thousands of out of state pipeline workers into southwest and southside Virginia during this ongoing pandemic.

In this week's podcast:

Residents Call for Public Hearing on Pipeline

Jul. 21, 2020: Landowners on the proposed route of a new natural gas pipeline in Florence County South Carolina have requested a public hearing. Adopting the name Pamplico Pipeline Defense Committee, the group seeks to protect residents living in the path of a 14.5 mile, 16-inch gas line proposed by Dominion Energy South Carolina.

BREDL comments on DFC plan to lift ban on investment into advanced nuclear projects

Jul. 13, 2020: The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is expected to agree to lift a ban on investment into advanced nuclear energy projects for export in July. The proposed change to the agency's Environmental and Social Policy and Procedures that would enable the consideration of support of nuclear power projects.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Cancelled
Statements of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League staff and chapter members who lived in the path of the project

Jul. 05, 2020: Duke and Dominion's press release: Dominion Energy (NYSE: D) and Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) today announced the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline ("ACP") due to ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty which threaten the economic viability of the project.

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Therese Vick, BREDL's community organizer and campaign director, Raleigh, NC: "As our founder Janet Marsh said: 'We just have to last one day longer than they do!'"

Kathie Mosley, BREDL VP and Concern for the New Generation, Union Hill, VA: "Dominion chose to ignore the Union Hill community, but we stood up never stopped fighting. They tried to divide our community, but we never ever gave in. It feels good today to know we slayed the giant."

Read more statements here

BREDL Report: Union Hill: Real Property, Racism and Environmental Justice

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and its Buckingham Chapter, Concern for the New Generation, released the report: "Union Hill: Real Property, Racism and Environmental Justice," which reveals a history of subversive policies, in Virginia and nationwide, which severely limit the ability for African Americans to build wealth.

The context for the study is Virginia 400, marking the history of the slave trade in the United States. From 250 years of slavery, 100 years of Jim Crow laws to the continued subversive policy of siting toxic polluting facilities in environmental justice and other marginalized communities, African Americans and those who live in poverty have been relegated to less than second class citizenship.

The League Line
Spring 2020 issue

Spring 2020

The League Line: Spring 2020 issue is now available online.

- Cover: North Carolina landowners fight Atlantic Coast Pipeline invasion during pandemic by Therese Vick
- Director's Report: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 & A message to the staff, chapters, volunteers and board regarding the COVID-19 pandemic by Louis Zeller
- Non – ionizing radiation, good or bad? by Renee Cail
- BREDL's new podcast: In Our Backyard Podcast by Jenn Galler
- Anderson and Prospect Hill join forces in a new BREDL chapter, "Protect Caswell" by Sharon Vinson
- Chapter Update: Madison County Clean Power Coalition works for statewide ban on burning creosote railroad ties for energy by Ruth Ann Tesanovich
- Southgate as segment: a BREDL perspective by Ann Rogers
- Chapter Update: Chatham Citizens Against Coal Ash Dump and EnvironmentaLee
- Zero waste through the spirit of our youth by Rev. Charles Utley
- MVP contractor not adhering to Virginia Governor's emergency orders by Mark Barker
- BREDL's Lou Zeller honored for Environmental Services

BREDL welcomes these new chapters

Pittsylvania County Preservation League (Pittsylvania Co., VA) - July 2020

Protect Caswell (Caswell Co., NC) - March 2020

Madison County Clean Power Coalition (Madison Co., GA) - January 2020

Find a chapter near you

Coal Ash Disposition
The Alternative for North Carolina

BREDL's technical report which details the dangers of landfilling coal ash and recommends the proven saltstone technology for the coal ash at Duke Energy's fourteen power plants. The report entitled "Coal Ash Disposition: The Alternative for North Carolina," describes the saltstone technology which would encase the coal ash waste and isolate the toxins from the soil, air and water.

View BREDL Technical Report



Report on Air and Noise Pollution Reveals Fatal Flaws in Permit for Proposed Buckingham Compressor Station
Dec. 14, 2016: The report, subtitled “Unfair, Illegal and Unjust,” concludes that the Buckingham County Planning Commission failed with respect to its legal obligation to ensure that the facility does not have a disproportionate impact on Buckingham’s African American community.

Noise from Mountain View Speedway Harmful to Boone Quality of Life
Jan. 21, 2016: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League released a report on sound pollution and called on the Town of Boone to protect residents from excessive levels of noise from stock car races at the newly opened auto speedway on Roby Green Road. The report, "Noisy Neighbors–Sound Pollution in the High Country", reveals the hazards to mental and physical well-being of residents in neighborhoods near the track.

More Reports:

A list of our reports can be found on our BREDL Reports page.

Fact Sheets

Aug. 26, 2019: BREDL Fact Sheet on Versatile Test Reactors.

Updated Aug 2016 BREDL Fact Sheet - Proposed Buckingham Compressor Station, Buckingham County, VA

May 2016: BREDL Unequal Protection Fact Sheet The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Discriminatory Laws & Regulations

April 2016 BREDL Fact Sheet - Small Modular Reactors

Sept. 2015 BREDL Fact Sheet - Appalachian Materials, LLC Proposed Asphalt Plant in Glendale Springs, NC.

March 2014: BREDL Fact Sheet: "Don't Dump Coal Ash on our Communities"

More Fact Sheets:

A chronological list of Fact Sheets can be found on our BREDL Fact Sheets page.

Educational Tools

Salisbury Health Study
Download the Powerpoint Presentation

Bucket Brigade
Download the Powerpoint Presentation

Statistics for Action
Statistics for Action website

BREDL Partners with TERC
TERC is partnering with environmental action groups in twelve states to advance the quantitative literacy skills needed to understand and solve pressing environmental problems.
More about this partnership.