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.
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.
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
Safeguard America's Resources
BREDL, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and others file a Petition in U.S. District Court of Appeals seeking an emergency stay on MVP certificate
Aug. 17, 2018: The Petitioners cite FERC's refusal to allow the request of the Tribal Preservation Officers for consultation under Section 101(d)(6)(B) of the National
Historic Preservation Act regarding the Mountain Valley Pipeline project. The Preservation Petitioners hereby join the petitioners Appalachian
Mountain Voices et al., in these consolidated cases in seeking an emergency stay
to prevent irreparable injury to their members and interests pending this Court's
review of the petitions. An emergency stay is warranted as a result of the
Commission's actions of August 10, 2018 and August 15, 2018, modifying its
previously-issued "stop work order" to allow MVP to undertake "stabilization"
measures along certain areas along the pipeline route, and then allowing MVP to
resume and complete pipeline construction along a portion of the right of way.
These activities will irreparably harm historic and cultural resources, including a
potential site of traditional and religious significance to the Siouan people, which
will be adversely affected by these activities.
The Muddy Stream Crooners sing a little ditty about Virginia Governor Northam's inaction regarding the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines.
Call Governor Ralph Northam at 804-786-2211. Ask him to Stop both the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Nuclear | Clean Air
BREDL submits comments to Georgia EPD regarding Plant Vogtle Title V Permit Renewal as BREDL's Title V Petition to U.S. EPA from August 2010 is still not resolved
Aug. 9, 2018: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and its chapter Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff have filed detailed comments opposing the state’s air pollution permit for Plant Vogtle. In the comments, the groups oppose the excessive levels of hazardous air pollution emitted from the cooling towers and other sources in a community already stressed by power plant impacts. They called upon the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to reject the permit.
BREDL Sends Letters to NC and VA Governors expressing concern over Tactics by Pipelines' Private Security
In March, BREDL sent letters to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam expressing our concerns regarding the tactics being used by private security for both Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines.
During peaceful protests, far from the pipeline route and held far from property the proposed ACP or MVP might lay claim to, security operatives have taken photographs of the opposition without their permission. At public hearings private security firms have been observed photographing people who spoke in opposition to the pipelines. Private security was also observed taking pictures of the license plates of opposition members’ vehicles, not only at public meetings, but at meetings of grassroots groups held on private property. Finally, some opposition members have been followed as they made their way home. This kind of activity is clearly an attempt to intimidate.
Most recently, landowners attempting to document surveying and tree-cutting activities have
been filmed by and experienced aggressive behavior from members of out-of-state crews. Most
of these companies are not licensed in North Carolina.
Lou Zeller, BREDL Executive Director, presents thirty years of service award to James Johnson at BREDL’s July 28, 2018 Board of Director’s meeting in Greensboro, NC. James served as BREDL’s Co-President for most of those years. James was given an engraved clock. He also received a new BREDL title: At-large Vice President, emeritus. Thank You James!
BREDL submits comments regarding SC DHEC Draft General Synthetic Minor Construction Permit for Asphalt Permits
July 25, 2018: The setting of overall tonnage limits as contemplated in the draft GSM is wholly
inadequate. It should be abandoned. A practical, enforceable method would be a better approach for the permittees, the Department of Health and
Environmental Control and the people of South Carolina.
BREDL submits comments on proposed changes to NEPA
July 20, 2018: The principal goal of the order appears to be reducing the amount of time it takes for environmental reviews for infrastructure projects. Yet neither the order nor the CEQ guidance associated with the order offers any showing of need.
No examples are given on infrastructure projects delayed by NEPA review. In sum, the order lacks any legal basis upon which to predicate a rulemaking of the nature contemplated by the order.
BREDL and its Buckingham Chapter, Concern for the New Generation, File Supreme Court Appeal regarding Special Use Permit for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline
July 19, 2018:
This week the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and its chapter, Concern for the New Generation, and its members filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Virginia regarding Buckingham County’s approval of a special use permit for a compressor station for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The suit was originally filed February 6, 2017 pro se. Circuit Court Judge William Alexander dismissed the case in January, 2018 on technicalities regarding the form used in the pro se filing.
BREDL files Title VI Environmental Justice Complaint with EPA against the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
June 20, 2018: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) and its Virginia chapters, Protect Our Water, Concern for the New Generation and No ACP, filed a Title VI civil rights complaint with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) office of External Civil Rights Compliance Office (ECRCO). BREDL’s Stop the Pipelines Campaign Coordinator, Sharon Ponton, stated, “The 26-page complaint tells the story of VADEQ’s segmented process for 401 water quality certification and asks the EPA to void the certification until a thorough environmental justice analysis is completed. We believe we have presented a strong case indicating the environmental justice communities along the path of the proposed ACP will be disproportionately impacted by health impacts from pollution caused by toxic, polluting pipeline infrastructure and its contributions to global warming from leaks and its compressor station, as well as the health affects from noise and toxic emissions from its compressor stations. The complaint also outlines disproportionate impacts from possible threats to water supplies, safety related issues from discriminatory construction rules, and property loss through eminent domain.”
The League Line: Summer 2018 issue is now available online.
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Well, now it can!
- Cover: How Do You Know If You Are Winning? by Pastor Cary Rodgers, Jr.
- 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.
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Defense League is a regional, community-based,
non-profit environmental organization. Our
founding principles are earth stewardship,
environmental democracy, social justice, and