Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

Rhonda Catherine Mitchell Memorial Fund

A fund in honor of Rhonda Catherine Mitchell has been established to raise funding for BREDL in her honor. Rhonda worked for BREDL as a community organizer and founded the chapter, Citizens for a Healthy Environment, and effectively shut down a significant incinerator. Rhonda is a shining example of the best of BREDL and shall remain an example for us all.

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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

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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.

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BREDL Chapters

BREDL welcomes these new chapters:

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

Northampton County Citizens Against Coal Ash (Northampton Co., NC) - July 2018

Woodsdale Concerned Citizens Group (Person Co., NC) - January 2018

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BREDL Lambasts Citizen Board for its Decision to Approve Air Permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Compressor Station

Jan. 8, 2019: Richmond, VA—The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) lambasted the citizen State Air Pollution Control Board (SAPCB) today for its approval of the air permit for the Buckingham compressor station for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Kathie Mosley, BREDL Vice President and chair of Union Hill’s Chapter, Concern for the New Generation, called the decision “a travesty.” Mosley shared, “Those of us who live in Union Hill have been ignored through the entire permitting process. We had hoped the Air Board would acknowledge the fact that we are an Environmental Justice community. This won’t stop us from fighting. We will consider challenging the decision in court.”

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BREDL calls out Virginia Department of Environmental Quality For attempts to Erase the Black Lives of Union Hill Residents

Jan. 3, 2019: Lovingston, VA—The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) today called out the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for its attempts to erase the lives and history of the Union Hill community while misleading the State Air Pollution Control Board (SAPCB) regarding the proposed compressor station site for Dominion Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

View Press Release | BREDL Comments - Barker | BREDL Comments - Ponton | BREDL Report Card | BREDL Fact Sheet

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League Requests Virginia Attorney General Seek Injunctive Relief - States MVP 401 Certification is invalid as work continues

Dec. 20, 2018: Today, an attorney for the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League sent a request to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring urging that he “move the court for injunctive relief” regarding work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The request states, “MVP is clearing land and burying pipe even though it is not possible to grow grass this time of year. The company consistently acts in callous disregard of the law even in the face of a lawsuit for the violations. The construction must stop while the action for violating the law is litigated.”

View Press Release | View Letter to Attorney General Herring

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Brice Law Firm sends letter on behalf of BREDL to Governor Roy Cooper in nearly year-long effort to receive public records

Dec. 14, 2018: A letter has been sent on behalf of BREDL by the Brice Law Firm to the office of Governor Roy Cooper in the nearly year-long effort to receive public records regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. BREDL’s request to Governor Cooper is requesting information regarding the Memorandum of Understanding between ACP and Governor Cooper.

View Letter to Governor Cooper

Safeguard America's Resources | Clean Air

League Takes Governor Northam to Task
Over Compressor Station Vote
Statewide Radio Ad Campaign Launched

Dec. 14, 2018: Today the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League announced a statewide radio ad campaign targeting Governor Ralph Northam’s interference in the air permitting decision on the proposed natural gas compressor station slated for Buckingham County.

The 30-second spot is being aired on WRVA-AM News Radio, Virginia’s most powerful AM radio station. The ad asks the Governor to explain his sudden dismissal of two members of the State Air Pollution Control Board who questioned the site suitability of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station in Buckingham’s Union Hill community. The roots of this site date back to the 1860’s when freedmen established this largely African-American farming community after the Civil War.

View Press Release | Listen to the ad.

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BREDL Comments before the
Virginia State Water Control Board

Dec. 13, 2018: The Virginia State Water Control Board voted to hold a public hearing to consider revoking the 401 certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. At the SWCB meeting, over twenty citizens spoke in favor of revoking the 401 certification. The date for the public hearing has not been announced.

Read BREDL's Comments before the Board

Safeguard America's Resources | Clean Air

BREDL requests investigation of Governor Northam by Virginia Inspector General regarding Air Board firings and threats to Advisory Council on Environmental Justice

Nov. 30, 2018: Lovingston, VA—Today, on behalf of its members and chapters in Virginia, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) called upon Virginia Inspector General Michael Westfall to investigate the firing of two State Air Pollution Control Board members by Governor Ralph Northam. The request also cites threats by the state attorney general to disband the Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice. The request centers on a proposed natural gas pipeline compressor station air permit.

View Press Release | View Inspector General Request

Coal Ash

Drone video and photos from Brickhaven Coal Ash Landfill
After Heavy Rain

Nov. 25, 2018: Drone footage and still images of the Brickhaven coal ash landfill in Chatham County, NC. Taken 11/25/18 after some heavy rain. The landfill, in operation since late 2015 is owned and operated by Charah, LLC, Duke Energy's ash from the Sutton and Riverbend facilities have been disposed of there. The landfill was permitted in June 2015- has only been taking coal ash around 3 years. NC DEQ permitted the site in a little over 6 months.

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BREDL sends memo to Tetra Tech and MVP regarding impacts to National Register of Historic Places-eligible
Bent Mountain Orchard Rural Historic District

Nov. 26, 2018: BREDL sends memo to Tetra Tech and Mountain Valley Pipeline requesting: (a) maintenance of the culvert underneath Green Hollow Drive, a contributing resource inside the National Register of Historic Places-eligible Bent Mountain Orchard Rural Historic District, and (b) avoidance of use of Green Hollow Drive as a pipeline access road.


Safeguard America's Resources | Clean Air

BREDL statement regarding Virginia Governor's
removal of two air board members


"The Governor's packing the air board is an obstruction of environmental justice for the people of Union Hill and, indeed, for the Commonwealth. His removal of members who question the placement of a polluting facility serves the power companies instead of those in harm's way. This cannot stand."
Louis Zeller, Executive Director
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

Clean Air

BREDL comments on Enviva air permit in Hamlet, NC

Nov. 8, 2018: On behalf of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and our chapter the Concerned Citizens of Richmond County, I write to request that the DAQ perform a Multiple Source Review in the Hamlet area before approving the Enviva Permit which today is the subject of a public hearing.

Hamlet, NC, is the location of several large sources of air pollution. The sum of the impacts on public must be ascertained by the DAQ before the agency issues any new permits.

BREDL Comments

Clean Air

BREDL submits comments on UNC-Chapel Hill
Title V Air Permit

Oct. 25, 2018: We are concerned that the air pollution created by the combustion of fuel at the University’s physical plant presents a serious risk to the health and well-being of residents in the Chapel Hill area. A public hearing would allow the NC Division of Air Quality (DAQ) to ascertain the potential public health risks before finalizing this permit.

BREDL Comments

Nuclear - Storage

BREDL comments on proposed Interim Storage Partners dumpsite for high level radioactive waste in Andrews Co., TX

Oct. 19, 2018: We oppose the proposed Interim Storage Partners dumpsite for high level radioactive waste in Andrews County, Texas. There have been many attempts to establish centralized interim storage: the Monitored Retrievable Storage program in east Tennessee, the industry’s privatized storage program targeting Native Americans, the Mescalero Apache Nation in New Mexico and the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation in Utah.

We have continued to oppose such radioactive waste dumps wherever they are proposed, including Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Likewise, we oppose so-called consolidated interim storage schemes—including the Holtec International/Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance site in New Mexico and the Waste Control Specialists site in Andrews County, Texas—because nuclear waste shipments to those sites would unnecessarily place millions of people at risk from accident, sabotage, and routine exposure.

BREDL Comments

Fall 2018

The League Line: Fall 2018 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) - Because It Matters

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 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.

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.

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Social Connection

The League Line

BREDL's Fall 2018 newsletter available online

The LEAGUE LINE: Fall 2018

- Cover: Resolution for Zero Waste, and Renewable Energy
Fall 2018
- Director's Report: Understanding the Dynamics of Power Critically important to Winning by Louis Zeller
- Drastic Improvement Needed to Protect Historic Sites by Ann Rogers
- People's Action: From Protest to Power - The People's Assembly by Mark Barker
- Can we talk about coal ash by Therese Vick
- James A. Johnson Honored - Officers Elected
- Revamping our Membership Program
- SUCCESS! Northampton County Citizens Against Coal Ash by Wanda Flythe

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.

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3). EIN: 58-1624130