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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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Pipeline
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:

Pipelines

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


SIGN THE PETITION

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

Hydrofracking
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.

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BREDL Chapters

BREDL welcomes these new chapters:

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

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

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

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


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



Upcoming Events

Forage Films premieres short documentary about 
Georgia’s Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion

WHAT: The documentary Power Lines follows the construction of an additional two new units at Plant Vogtle, which are already five years behind schedule and more than $13 billion over original cost estimates. These overages directly affect  ratepayers across Georgia, who are financing the construction through a fee on their monthly power bills, a process fraught with mismanagement and lacking in transparency. These ratepayer payments significantly enrich Georgia Power’s yearly profits, giving them little  incentive to ensure the project’s timely completion.
The film includes interviews with BREDL’s Charles Utley and members of our chapter Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff. The public screenings will be followed by a panel discussion on Plant Vogtle, featuring experts and residents.  
WHEN: Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Emory University Center for Ethics, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta GA 30322, Room 252

Forage Films premieres short documentary about 
Georgia’s Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion

WHAT: The documentary Power Lines follows the construction of an additional two new units at Plant Vogtle, which are already five years behind schedule and more than $13 billion over original cost estimates. These overages directly affect  ratepayers across Georgia, who are financing the construction through a fee on their monthly power bills, a process fraught with mismanagement and lacking in transparency. These ratepayer payments significantly enrich Georgia Power’s yearly profits, giving them little  incentive to ensure the project’s timely completion.
The film includes interviews with BREDL’s Charles Utley and members of our chapter Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff. The public screenings will be followed by a panel discussion on Plant Vogtle, featuring experts and residents.  
WHEN: Monday, November 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM
WHERE: Waynesboro Public Library, 130 GA Hwy 24, Waynesboro GA 30830





Clean Air


The Fight for Local Control
Ashe County, North Carolina



Many rural counties are defending themselves as best they can from the negative impacts of coal ash dumping, natural gas pipelines and asphalt plants. The state issues air and water permits for industrial facilities, but local governments can control where they are located. Countywide polluting industries ordinances can do this. In the Ashe County case, a disabled children’s camp is located near the site of a proposed asphalt plant.

Ashe County v. Ashe County Planning Board, NC Court of Appeals, Case No. 18-253
Synopsis: The basis for this case is local land use as defined by the Ashe County Polluting Industries Ordinance, the result of a BREDL campaign in 1998-99. In 2016 Ashe County Commissioners challenged its own Planning Board’s decision to allow an asphalt plant on the South Fork of the New River (Ashe County Superior Court, 16 CVS 514). Interestingly, the Planning Dept. Director denied approval for the plant under the ordinance. But the lower court ruled in favor of the Planning Board and the asphalt plant. So, in 2018, in response to the people, Ashe County filed for writ of certiorari and judicial review to the Court of Appeals. BREDL and its chapter Protect Our Fresh Air support the continuing effort by Ashe County elected officials to reverse the Planning Board, prevent asphalt plant pollution and protect the community.



Coal Ash


Drone video and photos from Brickhaven Coal Ash Landfill After Hurricane Florence

Sept. 26, 2018: Drone footage and still images of the Brickhaven coal ash landfill in Chatham County, NC after rains from Hurricane Florence. 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. Video and pictures taken September 22, 2018.

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Clean Water


Groups - Join us by filing a friend-of-the-court brief regarding the Ashe County Watershed Review Board issued permit for a site on the South Fork of the New River

Sept 26, 2018: On April 26, 2018, the Ashe County Watershed Review Board issued a water supply watershed permit for a site on the South Fork of the New River. The permit is an egregious example of a quixotic procedure by a local watershed review board and poses risks to the entire state of North Carolina. If allowed to stand, the legal precedent will be there for other county boards to carve loopholes in the law and sidestep water supply watershed protection. This would mean that drinking water supply for people across this state could be put at risk.

Fact Sheet



Safeguard America's Resources | Clean Air


BREDL Comments on proposed ACP Compressor Station in Buckingham County, VA

Sept. 11, 2018: If permitted, the Buckingham Compressor Station would be a major source of air pollution. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has incorrectly determined that it would be a minor source. We recommend immediate steps be taken to correct this error. Further, unless and until the Virginia Supreme Court rules, and local governing bodies in Buckingham County to do a proper assessment of the disproportionate impacts on economically disadvantaged or minority communities in and around Union Hill, any air permit issued by Virginia DEQ would lack the necessary legal basis.

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Summer 2018

The League Line: Summer 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
Petition

Make Radiation Visible Petition

Bellefonte Efficiency & Sustainability Team (BEST) Mothers Against Tennessee River Radiation (MATRR)
MATRR.org - 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.

More about this partnership


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The League Line


BREDL's Summer 2018 newsletter available online

The LEAGUE LINE: Summer 2018

- Cover: How Do You Know If You Are Winning? by Pastor Cary Rodgers, Jr.
Sping 2018
- Director's Report: Victory for Clean Air by Louis Zeller
- How Long is Too Long - In Pursuit of Public Records by Therese Vick
- Title VI Civil Rights Complaints Filed with EPA by NC and VA Environmental Groups by Sharon Ponton
- Working Alongside the Sioux to Preserve Native American History by Ann Rogers
- BREDL Welcomes 2018 Interns
- Augusta, Georgia Advances Climate Solutions and Zero Waste by 2050 by Charles N. Utley, Associate Director















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