BREDL comments to NC DEQ regarding Addendum to Consent Order for Chemours PFAS pollution

Sep. 17, 2020: BREDL comments on the proposed Addendum to the Consent Order Paragraph 12, which requires additional actions by Chemours to prevent PFAS pollution from entering the Cape Fear River via contaminated groundwater from the Fayetteville Works Site.

The discovery of PFAS in the Cape Fear watershed, along with 1,4 dioxane and other emerging contaminants, should spur a rapid science-based response by state and local public officials in North Carolina. And the response must include a statewide public system which affords people the ability to find their potential exposure and health risk in order to take steps to protect themselves, their families and their communities.

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BREDL and our Chapters along the MVP file Motion to Intervene and Comment in Opposition to Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC Request for Extension of Time

Sep. 10, 2020: Not all pipeline projects are the same. Not all pipeline companies are the same. FERC should properly examine this case and not simply grant this extension.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline project is far from being completed. In Virginia, according to MVP reports filed with FERC, MVP has completed about 80% clearing; 84% right-of-way preparation; 65% trenching, welding, coating and wrapping; 70% stringing; 54% backfilling and tying-in; and 15% final restoration.

FERC has a great opportunity here - the opportunity to right a wrong. Commissioners can prevent further harm to the communities along the MVP route by denying this request for an extension.

Group Finds Catch-22 in Georgia's Plant Vogtle License Changes
Legal Appeal Filed Sept. 4

Sep. 09, 2020: Today residents of the Shell Bluff community and the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League announced that they had filed a legal appeal of the license changes granted last month to the owners of Plant Vogtle. In an eight-page brief filed on Friday, the opponents of the license identified a ''Catch-22" process used by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Louis A. Zeller, BREDL's Executive Director who filed the appeal, said that the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board had improperly dismissed its case. In his argument, Zeller charged: ''The [Atomic Safety and Licensing Board] admitted that BREDL is entitled to access all information relied upon by the NRC Staff in accepting a license amendment request…, agreed that BREDL was denied that access, and yet instead of judicially upholding the fundamental fairness requirement imposed by NRC procedure, committed a gross injustice." The full Nuclear Regulatory Commission must now rule on BREDL's appeal.

No ACP/Stop MVP Unity Banner Presented to Water Protectors in Bent Mountain

Aug. 18, 2020: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, its chapters and allies presented a Unity Banner to water protectors and pipeline fighters at the Bent Mountain Community Center, Bent Mountain, VA. The Unity Banner was created to symbolize solidarity between those who successfully fought and stopped the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and those who are still fighting the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).

BREDL Report: Union Hill: Real Property, Racism and Environmental Justice

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and its Buckingham Chapter, Concern for the New Generation, released the report: "Union Hill: Real Property, Racism and Environmental Justice," which reveals a history of subversive policies, in Virginia and nationwide, which severely limit the ability for African Americans to build wealth.

The context for the study is Virginia 400, marking the history of the slave trade in the United States. From 250 years of slavery, 100 years of Jim Crow laws to the continued subversive policy of siting toxic polluting facilities in environmental justice and other marginalized communities, African Americans and those who live in poverty have been relegated to less than second class citizenship.

Summer 2020 issue

Summer 2020

The League Line: Summer 2020 issue is now available online.

- Cover: Victory! Never give up - the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is dead by Therese Vick & Sharon Ponton
- Cover: Marvin Winstead statement on ACP victory
- ACP Victory!: The lone yellow pine that helped stop a giant by Catherine Cralle Jones, The Law Office of F. Bryan Brice, Jr.
- ACP Victory!: A Virginia landowner's victory
- ACP Victory!: A pictorial look back
- Director's Report: The value of life or Knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing by Louis Zeller
- Having a new perspective in a changing world by Rev. Charles N. Utley, Associate Director
- BREDL's In Our Backyard Podcast
- BREDL welcomes Pittsylvania County Preservation League by Ann Rogers
- Welcome BREDL Summer 2020 interns
- Chapter Update: Sustainable Madison by Emily Sontag
- Mountain Valley Pipeline: Where does it stand? by Mark Barker
- Georgia nuclear plant sinking

BREDL welcomes these new chapters

Pittsylvania County Preservation League (Pittsylvania Co., VA) - July 2020

Protect Caswell (Caswell Co., NC) - March 2020

Madison County Clean Power Coalition (Madison Co., GA) - January 2020

Find a chapter near you

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



Report on Air and Noise Pollution Reveals Fatal Flaws in Permit for Proposed Buckingham Compressor Station
Dec. 14, 2016: The report, subtitled “Unfair, Illegal and Unjust,” concludes that the Buckingham County Planning Commission failed with respect to its legal obligation to ensure that the facility does not have a disproportionate impact on Buckingham’s African American community.

Noise from Mountain View Speedway Harmful to Boone Quality of Life
Jan. 21, 2016: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League released a report on sound pollution and called on the Town of Boone to protect residents from excessive levels of noise from stock car races at the newly opened auto speedway on Roby Green Road. The report, "Noisy Neighbors–Sound Pollution in the High Country", reveals the hazards to mental and physical well-being of residents in neighborhoods near the track.

More Reports:

A list of our reports can be found on our BREDL Reports page.

Fact Sheets

Aug. 26, 2019: BREDL Fact Sheet on Versatile Test Reactors.

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.

Educational Tools

Salisbury Health Study
Download the Powerpoint Presentation

Bucket Brigade
Download the Powerpoint Presentation

Statistics for Action
Statistics for Action website

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.