Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

No Trespassing, No Surveying Sign

Pipeline: No Trespassing No Surveying Sign to post on your property. For use in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina

No Trespassing Sign

Safeguard America's Resources

Fact Sheets:


Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Fracking Waste

Fracking Lease Risks

Social Impacts of Gas Fracking

Liquefied Natural Gas Export Terminals+Pipelines+Fracking Equals MORE FRACKING PIPELINES!

Natural Gas Compressor Stations
Air Pollution, Explosions and Fires

Opportunities for Action Environmental Permits

What's All The Fuss About Fracking? - an update

Chemical Disclosure Resolution Template to Protect Local Right-to-Know

BREDL has drafted a resolution template calling for full disclosure of chemicals to be used, stored, and transported at fracking sites, and we hope that groups across the state will adopt this resolution so that it can be presented to local governments in with support from their respective communities. The resolution is designed to be passed among organizations and local governments who can write in their own names and official status. We are asking that local groups adopt and share the resolution widely as an organizing tool in your communities.

Resolution Template
Resolution signed by BREDL Board


Help BREDL hold Duke Energy accountable for the responsible management of their toxic waste. Please sign BREDL's petition to tell NC Gov. McCrory: "Don't Dump Coal Ash on Our Communities!"

Don''t Dump Coal Ash Petition

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

No Fracking In Stokes

No Trespassing Sign

Hydrofracking: No Trespassing No Seismic Testing Sign to post on your property

No Trespassing Sign

What's All The Fuss About Fracking?

This BREDL report highlights the main issues with hydrofracking. Updated December 2013

Download the Report

League Fund

Honors Founder

The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League Board of Directors has recently approved the establishment of a fund to honor the work of Janet Marsh Zeller, who founded the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and served as its executive director for 28 years. Since July 2012, Janet has acted as a consultant to the BREDL Board Executive Committee. The honorary fund is a current fund (as opposed to an endowment fund) which will support the ongoing mission of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League. It will be a continuing fund, with individual gifts accepted throughout the year. All donations to BREDL are tax-deductible.

More Details | Donate to Fund

BREDL Chapters

BREDL welcomes these new chapters:

Citizens for Arsenal Accountability (Blacksburg, VA) - April 2017

No Pipeline Johnston County (Johnston Co., NC) - February 2017

Halifax and Northampton Concerned Stewards (Halifax Co. and Northampton Co., NC) - December 2016

Concern for the New Generation (Buckingham Co., VA) - November 2016

Protect Our Water! (Nelson Co., VA) - June 2016

Elmwood Strong (Iredell Co., NC) - June 2016

Nash Stop the Pipeline (Nash Co., NC) - May 2016

Earth Allies (Frederick, Warren & Clarke Co., VA) - May 2016

No ACP/Virginia Peopleìimate (Richmond, VA) - February 2016

Cumberland County Caring Voices (C3V) (Cumberland Co., NC) - February 2016

Safeguard America's Resources

League Blasts Pipeline Decisions
Impacted Communities Remain United against the
Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines

Oct. 16, 2017: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) strongly condemns the Federal Energy Regulatory CommissionਆERC) October 13, 2017 decision to grant conditional approval for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. The agency granted the certification even though important environmental permits are still in question in three states.

Press Release

Nuclear - W.S. Lee

Duke Energy files Request to Cancel
W.S. Lee Nuclear Project

On December 13, 2007 Duke Energy applied to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to build and operate two nuclear plants on the Broad River near Gaffney, South Carolina. The application is for two Westinghouse AP1000 Pressurized Water Reactors designated William States Lee III Nuclear Station Units 1 & 2. On June 27, 2008, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, on behalf of its members in South Carolina, filed a legal petition to intervene opposing the power plant before the Nuclear Regulatory Commissiontomic Safety and Licensing Board. On August 11, 2011, the League filed additional arguments subsequent to the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima. On December 19, 2016, Duke Energy was granted a Combined License from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to construct and operate two AP1OOO units.

UPDATE: On August 25, 2017, Duke Energy, citing Westinghouse's recent bankruptcy, filed a request to cancel the W.S. Lee Nuclear Project. In its filing, Duke Energy stated, "It is unlikely the Company will be able to construct and commence operation of the Project before the end of the next decade. These recent events support the conclusion that the Project, as originally contemplated, should be cancelled in the best interest of customers."

Duke Energy Filing

Safeguard America's Resources | Clean Water

Franklin County Citizens Hold
Peopleȥaring on Mountain Valley Pipeline

Aug. 17, 2017: Boones Mill, VA ﮠThursday evening, members of Preserve Franklin, Preserve Floyd and Preserve Roanoke, grassroots chapters of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, held a Peopleȥaring on the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Having been denied a hearing by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Franklin County residents and their neighbors in Bent Mountain, Floyd and Roanoke organized their own hearing in which to comment on the 401 Water Certification currently being reviewed by the State Water Control Board.

Press Release

Nuclear - Plant Vogtle

졮t Vogtle: A Nuclear Disaster Waiting to Happen?>

Aug. 15, 2017: On Wednesday and Thursday, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League will hold a series of public forums in Atlanta and Augusta detailing the unsafe conditions at the nuclear power plants now under construction at Plant Vogtle. The meetings will feature Arnold Gundersen, a certified nuclear power plant engineer and a long-time critic of the Westinghouse AP1000 reactors.

Press Advisory | Fairewinds' Presentation Powerpoint

Safeguard America's Resources | Clean Water

BREDL files Complaint with VA Attorney General regarding
VA DEQ water permitting for pipeline crossings

Aug. 15, 2017: BREDL calls upon Virginia DEQ to require individual permits for each stream and water body crossed by a pipeline. Our review indicates that the site-specific permitting process is lawful, necessary and prudent. Failure to comply would result in degradation of the environment and adverse impacts on public health.

BREDL Complaint | Press Release

Safeguard America's Resources | Clean Water

BREDL Recommends VA DEQ
Postpone 401 Water Certification Process

Aug. 3, 2017: 襠watersheds in the upland areas of the proposed pipeline routes affect the water quality of millions of Virginians; they cannot be ignored or neglected by a faulty DEQ permitting process.꼢r>
BREDL Press Release & Letter to State Water Control Board

Safeguard America's Resources

BREDL comments to Virginia State Water Control Board regarding MVP and ACP

July 19, 2017: The further development of fracked gas pipelines and compressor stations in Virginia would be an environmental and public health disaster of epic proportions. Explosions, fires and accidents may steal the headlines, but the even greater catastrophe would be the silent progression of disease and death caused by the invisible contamination of the air, water and soil. We are calling on the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the State Water Control Board (SWCB) to do whatever they can to halt this man-made, preventable tragedy.

BREDL Comments

Safeguard America's Resources | Clean Water

BREDL comments on NPDES permit for
Elba Liquefaction Company in Chatham County, GA

July 20, 2017: The location of a liquefied natural gas plant in close proximity to a city of 145,000 people and an elementary school indicates appalling judgment on the part of both the company in locating at the site and the state in permitting the facility.

BREDL Comments

Safeguard America's Resources - MVP

Comments by BREDL Chapter Preserve Roanoke to MVP's May 10th Cultural Resources Filing

July 12, 2017: In these comments, we criticize the flawed methodology employed by MVP਩storic preservation consultant, Tetra Tech, in its assessment of the MVP pipeline੭pacts to historic resources in Virginia, and demand that the assessment be done over in a correct and appropriate manner.

Preserve Roanoke Comments

Nuclear - TVA Clinch River

The League comments on Emergency Preparedness for Small Modular Reactors and Other New Technologies

June 27, 2017: 鲳t-of-a-kind�ns that such a nuclear power device has never been built before; it is an experimental design, untested. This alone should close the deregulatory discussion of having emergency planning zones which do not extend outside the plant fence line.

BREDL Comments

Nuclear - TVA Clinch River

BREDL sends Hearing Request and Petition to Intervene to NRC regarding TVA Clinch River Early Site Permitting

June 13, 2017: Reduce global warming? Improve energy security? Neither of these goals is advanced by the siting of modular nukes at the Clinch River Nuclear Site.

BREDL Petition

Nuclear - Plant Vogtle

BREDL & Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff Present Safe, Clean Power Proposal to Burke County, GA

June 2, 2017: Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff advise Burke County Development Authority to request an update on the Toshiba-Westinghouse bankruptcy and its potential impacts on the partially constructed Vogtle nuclear power plants. We also to request that no additional cost increases will be passed along to Burke County ratepayers for this failed nuclear endeavor.

BREDL Letter

Clean Air

Groups Call for Environmental Secretary to Reopen
Glendale Springs Asphalt Plant Air Permit

May 25, 2017: Today the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and chapter Protect Our Fresh Air appealed to the state to reopen the asphalt plant air pollution permit issued last year to Appalachian Materials. A six-page letter pointed to the stateডilure to account for the permit੭pact on Camp New Hope, a refuge for children with life-threatening medical conditions just a few hundred yards from the site of the proposed asphalt plant.

Press Release | BREDL Letter

Summer 2017

The League Line: Summer 2017 issue is now available online.

What if Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League earned a donation every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can!

Sign the Petition

Make Radiation Visible Petition

Bellefonte Efficiency & Sustainability Team (BEST) Mothers Against Tennessee River Radiation (MATRR)¥cause It Matters

What's the lowdown on nuclear power?

Mad Science

Check out this new book by Joe Mangano: "Mad Science: The Nuclear Power Experiment"

BREDL Fact Sheets

Most Recent:

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 Administrationĩscriminatory 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.

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


Social Connection

The League Line

BREDL's Summer 2017 newsletter available online

The LEAGUE LINE: Summer 2017

- Cover: Racial Equity: A Gateway to Environmental Justice by Charles Utley
Director's Report: Notes from the field: Giving to the present by Louis Zeller
- Welcome BREDL's Student Interns
- Nuclear Update: League Petitions NRC to Oppose TVA Reactors at Clinch River
Summer 2017
- Nuclear Power Too Hot to Handle by Charles Utley
- Pipeline Puzzles: North Carolinians cautiously applaud NC DEQ, while Virginians shake their heads in bewilderment. by Sharon Ponton
- Our Way of Life is at Stake by JL Fogo, Preserve Floyd
- Is Injustice a Coincidence? Why Enviva Must Be Stopped by Pastor Cary Rodgers
- Can We Ignore The Signs by Sandy Kurtz
- Where is My Community? Where? Right Here! by Ann Rogers
- Self Care and Relationship Building in Organizing by Michael James-Deramo

BREDL and Concerned Citizens of Richmond County Press Conference - On October 8, 2015 Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and Concerned Citizens of Richmond County stood in front of the HQ of NCDENR in Raleigh, NC to announce that they have renewed their citizen's lawsuit against EPA and the state's permit for failure to properly regulate Duke Energy's Turbines in Hamlet, NC. The citizens of Richmond county are already being harmed with excessive amounts of air pollution from Duke's power plant.

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League is a regional, community-based, non-profit environmental organization. Our founding principles are earth stewardship, environmental democracy, social justice, and community empowerment.

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