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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sept. 10, 2018: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has submitted comments on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline-Southgate Project. Initial public scoping comments were due to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today.
Augusta GA Commissioners approve goal to achieve 100% Clean Energy -
BREDL and our Concern Citizens of Shell Bluff chapter part of stakeholders group
Sept 4, 2018: The Augusta, Georgia Commission passed a resolution to endorse the goal to transition from fossil fuel-based economy to a 100% clean renewable energy by 2050. Further, the Commission adopted the goal to achieve 80% clean renewable energy by 2030. BREDL and our chapter Concern Citizens of Shell Bluff were a part of the stakeholders group.
BREDL and Sioux Tribal Historic Preservation Officers file in D.C. Court - Mountain Valley Pipeline threatens areas claimed by Sioux as having spiritual significance
Aug. 29, 2018: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) and its five co-plaintiffs, including the Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) of the Rosebud Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes of South Dakota, filed a reply on Monday, August 27 to the opposition of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to our emergency motion for stay submitted to the D.C. Circuit Court earlier in August. The emergency stay would halt construction on the MVP until the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106) have been met with regard to consultation with Indian tribes.
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.
BREDL's Therese Vick sends letter to North Carolina State Firefighters' Association to express concerns and share information regarding the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Aug. 13, 2018: I write to express concerns and share information regarding the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline
(ACP). The ACP potentially impacts 8 Eastern North Carolina counties: Halifax, Northampton,
Nash, Wilson, Johnston, Cumberland, Sampson and Robeson. Many of our members, their
neighbors, friends and family live within the “blast zone” of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. These
counties are served by excellent fire departments, many of them volunteer. Having been involved
in a volunteer fire department as a wife for almost 40 years, and as the mother of the current
Chief of a volunteer department, I am well aware of the commitments to service and training that
rural firefighters make, and the challenges that the ACP may present to our rural departments.
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!
- 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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