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.
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.
Sept. 16, 2019: Excerpts from our comments:
FERC must immediately stop work on the MVP-mainline project, halt the Southgate DEIS process, and return to square one. FERC must consider and evaluate these two projects - dependent on each other – in one environmental document.
There are too many instances of incomplete data or lack of information mentioned throughout the DEIS. This DEIS should not have been released for public comment until the information was completed.
BREDL requests that the edge of the Southgate pipeline's Additional Temporary Work Space be moved a minimum of 500 feet west of its current location, in order to buffer Little Cherrystone and its cemetery and mound from ground disturbances and visual impairment.
The assessment offered by the DEIS fails to consider dozens of uranium mining leases.
The Department of Energy has put out a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Statement for a Versatile Test Reactor (VTR). U.S. DOE is looking to locate VTR at either the Idaho National Lab or Oak Ridge, TN.
BREDL Comments on VDOT Martinsville Southern Connector Study
Aug. 23, 2019: The Reconstruct/Fix U.S. 220 option was dismissed and not continued to the alternative phase, resulting in a situation where only fully access-controlled freeways on new alignment are being considered. According to the August 2019 VDOT video presentation, the level of access control will be evaluated and could change once the preferred alternative advances to the final design stage.
The exclusive focus on fully access-controlled freeways on new alignment at this stage of the study prejudices other alternatives, including that of fixing the existing U.S. 220 alignment using techniques being studied through VDOT's Arterial Preservation Program (APP).
BREDL Comments on U.S. Forest Service Proposed NEPA Revisions
Aug. 21, 2019: We are adamantly opposed to changes with §220.4 General requirements. Paragraphs (d) and (e). Currently, Section Paragraph (e) (1) states “ Scoping is required for all Forest Service proposed actions, including those that would appear to be categorically excluded from further analysis and documentation in an EA or an EIS.” The
proposed NEPA change would limit public notice and scoping to only proposed actions that will be documented
with a decision memo, EA or EIS.
The Notice for this Proposed Action states, “The Proposed rule outlines an approach for ‘right-sizing’ the public engagement and scoping processes to each proposed action.” We would strongly disagree. The proposed rule, rather than right-sizing public engagement appears to be capsizing that engagement.
Draft Supplement Analysis of the Complex Transformation Supplemental
Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
Aug. 12, 2019: We hereby request that The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration do a new EIS as
required under existing statutes and case law. NNSA’s pit production mission was emphasized as a national security imperative by the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review. For many reasons, the argument for this mission can be
shown to be specious and ill-advised. On the other hand, if it were shown to be valid, it is a major action for which an Environmental Impact Statement would be required. International treaty obligations and U.S. law prohibit further development of atomic
weapons. The Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty compels the United States to end nuclear weapons development.
BREDL comments on scoping notice for Plutonium Pit Production at SRS
July 25, 2019: Before proceeding with its environmental impact review, the US Department of Energy must do what should have been done decades ago; i.e., determine the public health impact of radioactive and toxic air pollutants from Savannah River Site in the Central Savannah River Area. There is an overarching reason for action: the specter of environmental injustice overshadows SRS.
Judge Halts Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s Land-Grab Attempt Stay on Eminent Domain Requested by Impacted Landowners Granted
Raleigh- In a July 24th ruling, US District Judge Terrence Boyle extended a stay on
Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s (ACP) request to use “quick-take” proceedings in order to gain access
to properties along the route of the pipeline. “Quick take” allows the company to gain access to
land even though adjudication of compensation has not occurred.
Northampton County Citizens Against Coal Ash interviews
An interview with members of the Executive Team of North Carolina's Northampton County Citizens Against Coal Ash talk about their fight to prevent Vista Green from putting an enormous coal ash dump in their county. Interviews and Video from Ken and Deborah Ferruccio, Environmental Educators and Activists
The League Line: Summer 2019 issue is now available online.
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- Cover: U.S. Supreme Court Rules to Uphold Virginia's Moratorium on Uranium Mining by Ann Rogers
- We tried to warn you, landfills leak by Therese Vick
- Director's Report: Mobilizing versus Organizing by Louis Zeller
- The Value Exceeds Our Imagination by Charles Utley and Sharon Ponton
- BREDL Summer Interns
- MVP-Southgate Project to bring third natural gas compressor station and more toxins to Chatham, VA by Mark Barker
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