The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has announced a new campaign to block the landfilling of coal ash from Duke Energy's plants. Staff and volunteers are working with county commissioners and environmental justice advocates to prevent this hazardous waste from contaminating groundwater and drinking water in the state’s mega-dump communities.The League warns that landfilling would endanger public health and the environment. The League's Executive Committee has determined that the full liability for the coal ash should be borne by Duke Energy.
Drone video and photos from Brickhaven Coal Ash Landfill After Heavy Rain
Nov. 25, 2018: Drone footage and still images of the Brickhaven coal ash landfill in Chatham County, NC. Taken 11/25/18 after some heavy rain. 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. The landfill was permitted in June 2015- has only been taking coal ash around 3 years. NC DEQ permitted the site in a little over 6 months.
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.
Attorney representing BREDL sends correspondence to Federal Court Appointed Monitor for Duke Energy’s Probation regarding Coal Cash convictions
Jan. 8, 2018: Attorney John Runkle has sent correspondence to Benjamin Wilson the Federal Court Appointed Monitor for Duke Energy’s probation relating to the nine criminal convictions for its decades of mishandling of coal
ash and violations of the Clean Water Act. This comes after a WBTV - Charlotte investigation showing Duke Energy fully participated in the National Ash Management Advisory Board (NAMAB) process.
Mr. Runkle states, "as the Court Appointed Monitor you have the responsibility to insure compliance by Duke Energy with its probation term, and the authority to obtain relevant documents and
testimony from Duke Energy and the NAMAB. We urge you to fully investigate this interference as it brings into question all of the recommendations made by the NAMAB and Duke Energy to State regulators, the NC General Assembly, and the Department of
Justice, as well as any 'good faith' compliance with the plea agreements."
League Files Ethics Complaint against NC Governor Pat McCrory
June 24, 2016:
Raleigh-Today, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) announced the
filing of an ethics violation against Governor McCrory. Filed with the North Carolina Ethics
Commission, the complaint details actions taken by the Governor and his appointees which
appear to violate the law prohibiting acts exerting undue influence and improper use of state
agency time and resources.
BREDL Demands that Duke Energy cease the dumping of coal ash on the Brickhaven community in Chatham
Nov. 28, 2015: In a letter to Duke Energy President and Chief Executive Officer Lynn Good, BREDL demands that Duke Energy immediately cease the
dumping of coal ash at the Green Meadow, LLC landfill in Brickhaven, North Carolina.
League Spotlight - Coal Ash Forum in Lee and Chatham counties
At the forum, Esther Calhoun, leader of Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice, said:
“I'm here to encourage the people of Lee and Chatham counties. I'm here to tell them there is a chance. There is hope. It's not a done deal. They can win this fight if they stand together. Sticking together and gathering in large numbers can change a lot.”
Groups File Legal Challenge to Duke Energy's Coal Ash Dumping Plans
July 6, 2015: Charging that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
acted arbitrarily and capriciously by issuing permits for two proposed coal ash dumps in Lee and
Chatham Counties, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), Chatham Citizens
Against Coal Ash Dump (CCACAD), and EnvironmentaLEE (ELEE) filed a petition for a
contested case hearing with the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) today.
BREDL Comments on draft permits for the Lee and Chatham County coal ash landfills
May 16, 2015: "The applicant and the Department have failed to address important environmental, public health and safety, and statutory concerns. The permit application is deficient and should be denied."
Groups Urge North Carolina Department Of Environment And Natural Resources To Nix Duke Energy's Coal Ash Plans
May 19, 2015: Raleigh- Citing incomplete information, flouting of state law, ignoring public health and environmental justice concerns, and lack of compliance reviews mandated by state law, four environmental groups urged the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to deny Duke Energy’s plan to dump up to 20 million tons of dangerous coal ash in Lee and Chatham Counties. Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), NC WARN, Chatham Citizens Against Coal Ash Dump and EnvironmentaLEE filed the comments with DENR as the comment period closed.
EPA regulations for coal ash disposal are weak and dumping coal ash
into landfills is absolutely wrong! Alternative solutions are needed.
The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has proposed an alternative coal ash disposal method called “Saltstone,” which is developed by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to isolate hazardous waste for safe, permanent storage.
Group Launches Radio Ad Campaign Asking Governor McCrory to Stop Duke Energy Coal Ash Dumping Plan
Mar. 10, 2015: Raleigh- Joined by Lee and Chatham County residents, Blue Ridge Environmental
Defense League (BREDL) announced an ad campaign calling on the Governor to stop Duke
Energy’s plan to dump millions of tons of dangerous coal ash into clay mines located in Lee and
Chatham counties. The ads, featuring children singing "Ashes, ashes, we all fall down" will run
over the next two weeks on News Radio WPTF, 680 AM.
Another North Carolina County Targeted for Coal Ash Disposal
Anson County Identified in Duke Energy Excavation Plan
Jan. 14, 2015: Today the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League released new information pointing to a commercial landfill in Anson County for coal ash disposal. The information, obtained from Duke Energy's Riverbend and Sutton power plant coal ash excavation plans, states that "In the event the structural fill options are not available in Lee or Chatham County, the Anson County Landfill, a permitted solid waste landfill, has been identified as the alternate location." The plan indicates that coal ash would be transported from the power plants to the landfill by rail.
Investigation Points to Statewide Coal Ash Dumps Should Clay Mines become Dumpsites?
Jan. 9, 2015: Raleigh- Today the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League revealed the locations of clay mines across North Carolina which could be targeted for coal ash disposal if abandoned clay mine dumping is approved by the state.
The League generated a map showing nearly a hundred active and inactive clay mines located in over twenty counties, extending from Henderson County in the west to Dare County in the east with many in the piedmont.
Legislation Sets Up Randolph County to be Coal Ash Dump Waste Management, Inc. bets on coal ash disposal revenue
Aug. 28, 2014: Raleigh-The proposed Randolph County regional landfill could now be at risk from recent
state legislation on the disposal of thousands of tons of coal ash.
Randolph County has chosen Waste Management Inc. to be its contractor to operate the
proposed landfill. The county’s operating agreement with the company specifically includes
“power generation” residues, or coal ash. BREDL organizer Therese Vick said, “Waste
Management is banking on the disposal of coal ash. Randolph County is putting itself at risk to
be a dump for the industry’s coal ash problem.” Coal ash contains toxic heavy metals which
have caused severe problems at other Subtitle D landfills, Vick added, “Coal ash does not belong
in a municipal solid waste landfill.”
BREDL Chapter Person County Pride Coal Ash Radio Ads
On May 5, Person County PRIDE launched a radio ad campaign to block the dumping of coal ash and contaminated Dan River silt from coming to the Republic Services’ Upper Piedmont Landfill. Republic plans to bring five million pounds of the toxic mixture from Duke Energy’s Eden coal plant spill to Person County. On May 8th, the Person County Board of Commissioners and Roxboro City Council will host an informational meeting on coal ash to hear from all sides of the debate. At the meeting, BREDL Executive Director Lou Zeller will detail his findings and alternatives to landfills. His conclusion, “No community should allow itself to become the industry’s coal scuttle.”
Coal Ash Disposition
The Alternative for North Carolina
March 24, 2014: Today the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League released a 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.
BREDL Demands: "Don't Dump Coal Ash on our Communities"
March 20, 2014: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has announced a new campaign to block the landfilling of coal ash from Duke Energy's plants. Staff and volunteers are working with county commissioners and environmental justice advocates to prevent this hazardous waste from contaminating groundwater and drinking water in the state’s mega-dump communities.The League warns that landfilling would endanger public health and the environment. The League's Executive Committee has determined that the full liability for the coal ash should be borne by Duke Energy.
For over twenty years the League has identified the dangers of waste landfilling. Cary Rodgers, BREDL's NC Environmental Justice Organizer who resides in Anson County, said, "The people who live near this mega-dump are primarily African American and many of them are poor. Handing coal ash over to a commercial company which dumps for dollars is a grave danger to our groundwater and nearby residents." Lou Zeller, Executive Director, added, "The League has shared our formal position against coal ash landfilling with other NC organizations and hopes that they will join us in opposing this quick and dirty solution."