BREDL submits Mountain Valley Pipeline Consent Decree Comments

Nov. 27, 2019: Any and all payments received from the Mountain Valley Pipeline for their failures to meet soil erosion and sediment regulations must be placed in a fund dedicated to the landowners and communities who have had to endure the devastation from the construction of this ill-permitted and regulated pipeline. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ) should not have access to these monies to fund any of their programs. VADEQ's lack of concern for these communities and landowners has been clear from the beginning of the permitting process. VADEQ ignored the valid concerns of the communities and discounted expert witness testimony when permitting construction. Those ignored and discounted concerns have been proven to be true repeatedly.

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

Nov. 04, 2019: Buckingham, VA - Today Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and its Buckingham Chapter, Concern for the New Generation, released a new 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.

BREDL Comments regarding Carolina Sunrock LLC's application for a crushed stone mining operation located near Prospect Hill in Caswell County, NC

Nov. 04, 2019: In our oral comments, we mention that in 2017 the state's rules for mining were radically altered to allow perpetual permits for mining, both for new operations and for modifications of existing operations. We outline concerns with the applicant and how legislative changes have led to unforeseen consequences.

BREDL Comments to VA DEQ regarding Title V Permit for Dynax America, Roanoke VA

Nov. 04, 2019: The Dynax facility has been issued at least three violations within the decade. We applaud VA DEQ for inspections and enforcement so that Dynax adheres to permit conditions. However, to better protect public health and welfare, VA DEQ should strengthen permitting requirements instead of allowing emission increases - once a problem has been discovered.

BREDL Comments to EPA regarding NESHAP Paper and Other Web Coating Residual Risk and Technology Review

Nov. 04, 2019: We support the removal of the startup, shutdown, malfunction exemption.

Regarding the industry proposal to create a new type of "work practice standard" malfunction exemption , EPA may not lawfully or rationally create the new kind of malfunction exemption the American Coatings Association has requested.

Although we stress that the EPA should not finalize any type of malfunction exemption because it is unlawful and arbitrary and the Clean Air Act requires emissions standards to apply at all times, the option of continuing operations while doing repairs is especially unacceptable.

BREDL Comments to U.S. EPA Regarding Updating of Section 401 Regulations

Oct. 20, 2019: The proposed changes to the Clean Water Act 401 regulation will lessen water protection by practically eliminating state and tribal input and authority to reduce, control and prevent deterioration of its waterways. EPA is overstepping its authority with this proposal. The proposed rule is a gift to industry and a death knell to waterways across our nation. This proposal should be withdrawn.

BREDL Comments to U.S. EPA Regarding Coal Ash Management

Oct. 15, 2019: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League opposes the transfer of the coal ash pollution problem from the private power company to the public. The reintroduction of any poison into the environment under the guise of so-called beneficial use merely transfers the problem from one medium to another and from one community to another. A new way must be found.

League Fund Honors Founder

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.

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The League Line Fall 2019 issue

Summer 2019

The League Line: Fall 2019 issue is now available online.

- Cover: Climate Crisis: Tri-State Pipeline Strike by Sharon Ponton
- Seeking Volunteers to Serve on BREDL's Campaign Cabinet by Ann Rogers
- A Tribute to Rev. Willie Tomlin by Charles Utley
- Director's Report: Gravity's Rainbow by Louis Zeller
- Legal Update on Chatham, Lee Coal Ash Cases by Therese Vick
- Air Quality Monitoring in Hamlet, NC by Michael Ong, BREDL Stanback Intern
- Sounding the Alarm about the Dangers of Cell Towers by Renee Cail
- Starting a Campaign from the Ground Up by Jenn Galler
- Rabun Gap Chapter of BREDL Declares First Meeting a Win! by Cherie Faircloth, Rabun Gap Chapter
- New Staff: BREDL Welcomes Marvin Winstead
- BREDL Welcomes 2019 Interns

BREDL welcomes these new chapters

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

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
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Bucket Brigade
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Statistics for Action
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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.
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