BREDL remembers the Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery

Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
October 6, 1921 - March 27, 2020

BREDL wishes to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Reverend Doctor Joseph Lowery, a leader of the civil rights movement, who passed away on March 27. He founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and served as its third President. We have fond memories of Reverend Dr. Lowery and his 2012 visit to Waynesboro, Georgia. He was a guest speaker at a community meeting of our Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff chapter. Revisit Reverend Dr. Lowery’s visit at these archived pages:
Read The Metro Courier article Civil Rights Icon Urges Residents to Fight On
Read our newsletter article from our Winter 2012 The League Line
2012 Event Flyer

BREDL sends letters to NC & VA Governors regarding PHMSA "unacceptable" reduction of training and enforcement

Mar. 28, 2020: What this indicates is that the principal oversight agency responsible for safe operation of pipelines counters the loss of work hours by reducing training and enforcement. This is a flagrant disregard of public safety sanctioned by a callous exploitation of the genuine public health threat presented by COVID-19. It is unacceptable; it demonstrates additional reasons to oppose pipelines through our communities.

In this week's podcast:

BREDL requests state and federal agencies to suspend all public hearings for the foreseeable future

Mar. 13, 2020: BREDL has sent letters to regional Governors and the President requesting a suspension of all upcoming public hearings for the foreseeable future and to extend or suspend public commenting periods until it's deemed safe to hold public hearings.

You may read our letters below:
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam
President Donald Trump

BREDL additional comments on Chickahominy Power Groundwater Withdrawal Special Exception

Feb. 14, 2020: We sincerely appreciate the efforts of the VADEQ to protect the aquifers in the EVGWMA from over-use and the loss of their fresh water storage capacity caused by sinking land. We must, therefore, question the reasoning now being used to issue a permit special exception which would allow Chickahominy Power to withdraw up to 30,000,000 gallons of water from these fragile aquifers wiping out much of the progress made in past years.

BREDL requests VA DEQ & SWCB deny special exception as requested by Chickahominy Power

Feb. 13, 2020: BREDL requests that you deny the special exception to the Groundwater Management Act requested by Chickahominy Power, LLC. The exception, if granted, would be contrary to the letter and purpose of the state's Ground Water Management Act of 1992. Further, the Chickahominy Power plant itself serves no practical purpose because, like other natural gas fired electric plants, it uses as much energy as it produces.

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 Winter 2020 issue

Winter 2020

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

- Cover: Coal ash victory for Chatham and Lee Counties, and communities across North Carolina by Therese Vick
- 2nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Banquet Drum Major for Justice Awards by Rev. Charles Utley
- Director's Report: Listen to women for change by Louis Zeller
- Union Hill victory! by Sharon Ponton
- NoSnowCampMine update by Jane Lea Hicks
- Welcome Madison County Clean Power Coalition! by Jenn Galler and Renee Cail
- A new decade starting out with an old bill: rubber stamp agency approves billions by Rev. Charles Utley
- Money for BREDL chapters! by Ann Rogers
- BREDL launches major donor campaign

BREDL welcomes these new chapters

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

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

Chapel Hill Organization for Clean Energy (Chapel Hill, NC) - April 2019

Sustainable Madison (Madison Co., NC) - February 2019

Rabun Gap Chapter (Rabun Co., GA) - January 2019

No Snow Camp Mine (Alamance Co., NC) - January 2019

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.