The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League Board of Directors has established 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.
The honorary fund supports the ongoing mission of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League.
Individual gifts accepted throughout the year. All donations to BREDL are tax-deductible.
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.
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.
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
Northampton County Citizens Against Coal Ash interviews
An interview with members of the Executive Team of North Carolina's Northampton County Citizens Against Coal Ash talk about their fight to prevent Vista Green from putting an enormous coal ash dump in their county. Interviews and Video from Ken and Deborah Ferruccio, Environmental Educators and Activists
Safeguard America's Resources
The League comments to FERC regarding Return on Equity
June 26, 2019: FERC’s mission is to assist consumers to obtain economical, safe, reliable, and secure energy services at a reasonable cost. But artificially high incentives in pipeline development are causing excessive pipeline
construction and needless community devastation.
BREDL submits comments to EPA regarding Draft PFAS recommendations
Jun 10, 2019: The EPA interim recommendations for addressing groundwater contaminated with PFOA and PFOS needs to be expanded to include all PFAS as a class. Any talk of cleanup needs to examine previous industrial sites that probably emitted/discharged PFAS chemicals. All areas of PFAS contamination – soil, surface and ground water, air and food – need to be properly
addressed. In addition to the class of PFAS, short-chain replacement chemicals that convey similar health impacts – such as GenX – also need to be included.
The federal government is hell-bent on fast tracking projects that harm the environment. For a change, how about fast tracking a plan that will clean up the entire class of PFAS contaminants and their short-chain replacements?
BREDL comments to FERC on the Draft National Register of Historic Places Nomination for the Coles-Terry Rural Historic District impacted by Mountain Valley Pipeline
May 31, 2019: BREDL comments that there is a failure to designate all applicable national register criteria. The Draft National Register of Historic Places Nomination for the Coles-Terry Rural Historic District (“Nomination”) designates that the CTRHD is qualified for National Register listing under Criterion A as a property “associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history”. On page 14, the Nomination
designates “agriculture” as the area of significance in which the District is eligible under Criterion A. There are no other National Register criteria listed besides Criterion A, and no other areas of significance listed besides “Agriculture”. The Nomination's treatment of the National Register criteria applicable to the CTRHD should also include Criteria C and D.
BREDL also points out problems with the Nomination's definition of district boundaries. The first problem with the Nomination's treatment of boundaries for the CTRHD stems from the unsubstantiated decision to expand the eastern boundary of the district to include a significant number of suburban homes built within the last 50 years. The district's boundaries as they appear in the Preliminary Information Form are the product of weeks of painstaking on-the-ground surveys performed in an effort to exclude non-
contributing suburban homes that have been built in many parts of the Bent Mountain community over the past 50 years.
BREDL and our chapter Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff comment on Plant Vogtle NPDES Permit
May 30, 2019: We maintain that the EPD’s inclusion of mitigation in a water withdrawal permit was the wrong measure in the wrong place. It was unfair and contrary to the law for NPDES measures—
accounting for chemical and thermal discharges to waters of the United States—to be allowed through the back door of a water withdrawal permit.
BREDL Comments on Columbia Gas Shenandoah Compressor Station in Page County, VA Draft Title V Air Permit
April 1, 2019: BREDL comments included: "40 to 85 percent of the fuel burned produces no electric power. But air pollution and global
warming gases are created by combustion whether power is produced or not. Moreover, how the turbines are managed and the conditions under which they operate affect efficiency and air pollution emissions."
"The potential emissions of formaldehyde may affect the children attending the Page
County High School and Middle School ... each located less than a mile from the Shenandoah Compressor Station."
"The DEQ must take steps to reduce this and other hazardous air pollutants at this compressor station."
The League Line: Spring 2019 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!
LINE: Spring 2019
- Cover: 24-Hour Vigil for Justice Calls on Governor Northam and AG Herring to Protect Creation and Life Over Pipelines by Sharon Ponton
- Director's Report: Whatever it Takes by Louis Zeller
- David vs. Goliath: North Carolina Landowners Continue to Win in Federal Court against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline by Therese Vick
- The Importance of having an Environmental Justice Program at the Community Level by Charles Utley
- Compressor Station's Toxic Fluctuations by Pastor Cary Rodgers
- Environmental Justice Failure by North Carolina by Lou Zeller
- Clean Water Act Under Attack - One Step Forward, Two Steps Back by Ann Rogers
- New Chapter Forms in Rabun Gap, Georgia by Mark Barker
- Saving the Jewel of the Blue Ridge by Emily Sontag, Sustainable Madison
- BREDL Welcomes New Staff Members Renee Cail and Jenn Galler
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.
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Defense League is a regional, community-based,
non-profit environmental organization. Our
founding principles are earth stewardship,
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