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League Blasts Pipeline Decisions
Impacted Communities Remain United against the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines

Oct. 16, 2017: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) strongly condemns the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) October 13, 2017 decision to grant conditional approval for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. The agency granted the certification even though important environmental permits are still in question in three states.

Press Release

Franklin County Citizens Hold People’s Hearing on Mountain Valley Pipeline

Aug. 17, 2017: Boones Mill, VA – On Thursday evening, members of Preserve Franklin, Preserve Floyd and Preserve Roanoke, grassroots chapters of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, held a People’s Hearing on the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Having been denied a hearing by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Franklin County residents and their neighbors in Bent Mountain, Floyd and Roanoke organized their own hearing in which to comment on the 401 Water Certification currently being reviewed by the State Water Control Board.

Press Release

Nuclear - Plant Vogtle

“Plant Vogtle: A Nuclear Disaster Waiting to Happen”

Aug. 15, 2017: On Wednesday and Thursday, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League will hold a series of public forums in Atlanta and Augusta detailing the unsafe conditions at the nuclear power plants now under construction at Plant Vogtle. The meetings will feature Arnold Gundersen, a certified nuclear power plant engineer and a long-time critic of the Westinghouse AP1000 reactors.

Press Advisory | Fairewinds' Presentation Powerpoint

BREDL files Complaint with VA Attorney General regarding VA DEQ water permitting for pipeline crossings

Aug. 15, 2017: BREDL calls upon Virginia DEQ to require individual permits for each stream and water body crossed by a pipeline. Our review indicates that the site-specific permitting process is lawful, necessary and prudent. Failure to comply would result in degradation of the environment and adverse impacts on public health.

BREDL Complaint | Press Release

BREDL Recommends VA DEQ Postpone 401 Water Certification Process

Aug. 3, 2017: “The watersheds in the upland areas of the proposed pipeline routes affect the water quality of millions of Virginians; they cannot be ignored or neglected by a faulty DEQ permitting process.”

BREDL Press Release & Letter to State Water Control Board

Groups Call for Environmental Secretary to Reopen Glendale Springs Asphalt Plant Air Permit

May 25, 2017: Today the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and chapter Protect Our Fresh Air appealed to the state to reopen the asphalt plant air pollution permit issued last year to Appalachian Materials. A six-page letter pointed to the state’s failure to account for the permit’s impact on Camp New Hope, a refuge for children with life-threatening medical conditions just a few hundred yards from the site of the proposed asphalt plant.

Press Release | BREDL Letter

April 4 to 11

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and chapters will take to the highways and byways of North Carolina and Virginia for eight days in April on a barnstorming tour of communities threatened by natural gas pipelines. The Stop The Pipeline—Roll Back Pollution campaign will feature Lois Marie Gibbs, the national leader of the grassroots environmental movement since 1981. The roadshow will track the routes of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

BREDL Press Release

Daily public events and press conferences

Residents Call for New Environmental Secretary to Protect New River

Feb. 17, 2017: Today, in a letter to North Carolina Environmental Secretary Michael Regan, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League called for enforcement of pollution laws on the New River. Photographs taken by League members revealed ongoing silt and sedimentation pollution from a quarry washing into the South Fork of the river in an apparent violation of state mining and water quality regulations. Harry Corpening, a member of the League’s local chapter Protect Our Fresh Air, who used a drone to obtain aerial photos, said “We will continue to post on our website photographic evidence of the negative impacts of this quarry on the second oldest river in the world.”

Press Release | Letter to NC DEQ
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Multistate Groups' Legal Move Calls for Do-Over on Pipeline Impact

On Monday, January 23, 2017 Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), BREDL chapters and other environmental groups filed a motion with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to rescind and/or supplement the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) the agency released on December 30, 2016. The need for this action became clear after Dominion and its partners (including Duke Energy) in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline added thousands of pages of additional information obviously prepared before the DEIS was issued, on January 10, 2017. The motion also requests that the FERC “hold the public comment period in abeyance” until the supplemental DEIS is issued.

Press Release

Union Hill Residents Meet with EPA To Continue Fight Against Atlantic Coast Pipeline Compressor Station

Jan. 11, 2017: Buckingham County, VA—Members of Concern for the New Generation (CNG), a grassroots group from the Union Hill and Union Grove communities, will take a 6-hour drive to Philadelphia Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 to meet with representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region III . The group will request that the EPA step in to protect the people who live close to the proposed plant site.

BREDL Advisory | BREDL Letter to EPA

Press Releases: 1999 - 2016


BREDL comments on Air Quality permit for proposed Northampton Compressor Station along proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Nov. 20, 2017: This new facility would move gas along the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. If permitted, the Northampton Compressor Station would be a major source of air pollution. The NC Department of Environmental Quality draft permit incorrectly allows the facility to be a minor source, a violation of the federal Clean Air Act.

BREDL Comments

The League comments to Virginia State Water Control Board regarding the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline

Oct. 22, 2017: On behalf of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) and our members and chapters in Virginia, I respectfully submit these comments regarding the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) responsibilities to the citizens of the commonwealth concerning water quality as it relates to erosion and sedimentation issues from the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).

BREDL Comments

Wilson County, NC passes Resolution expressing its reservations regarding Atlantic Coast Pipeline creating Development Dead Zones

Oct. 17, 2017: Atlantic Coast Pipeline will create, according to the resolution, a “development dead zone” 1,300 feet wide by 12 miles long running through the heart of western Wilson County. And that would lower property values and “adversely affect” both residents and Wilson County as a whole.

Read The Wilson Times article | View the Wilson County Resolution

Duke Energy files Request to Cancel W.S. Lee Nuclear Project

On December 13, 2007 Duke Energy applied to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to build and operate two nuclear plants on the Broad River near Gaffney, South Carolina. The application is for two Westinghouse AP1000 Pressurized Water Reactors designated William States Lee III Nuclear Station Units 1 & 2. On June 27, 2008, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, on behalf of its members in South Carolina, filed a legal petition to intervene opposing the power plant before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. On August 11, 2011, the League filed additional arguments subsequent to the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima. On December 19, 2016, Duke Energy was granted a Combined License from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to construct and operate two AP1OOO units.

UPDATE: On August 25, 2017, Duke Energy, citing Westinghouse's recent bankruptcy, filed a request to cancel the W.S. Lee Nuclear Project. In its filing, Duke Energy stated, "It is unlikely the Company will be able to construct and commence operation of the Project before the end of the next decade. These recent events support the conclusion that the Project, as originally contemplated, should be cancelled in the best interest of customers."

Duke Energy Filing

BREDL comments to Virginia State Water Control Board regarding MVP and ACP

July 19, 2017: The further development of fracked gas pipelines and compressor stations in Virginia would be an environmental and public health disaster of epic proportions. Explosions, fires and accidents may steal the headlines, but the even greater catastrophe would be the silent progression of disease and death caused by the invisible contamination of the air, water and soil. We are calling on the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the State Water Control Board (SWCB) to do whatever they can to halt this man-made, preventable tragedy.

BREDL Comments

BREDL comments on NPDES permit for Elba Liquefaction Company in Chatham County, GA

July 20, 2017: The location of a liquefied natural gas plant in close proximity to a city of 145,000 people and an elementary school indicates appalling judgment on the part of both the company in locating at the site and the state in permitting the facility.

BREDL Comments

Comments by BREDL Chapter Preserve Roanoke to MVP's May 10th Cultural Resources Filing

July 12, 2017: In these comments, we criticize the flawed methodology employed by MVP’s historic preservation consultant, Tetra Tech, in its assessment of the MVP pipeline’s impacts to historic resources in Virginia, and demand that the assessment be done over in a correct and appropriate manner.

Preserve Roanoke Comments

The League comments on Emergency Preparedness for Small Modular Reactors and Other New Technologies

June 27, 2017: “First-of-a-kind” means that such a nuclear power device has never been built before; it is an experimental design, untested. This alone should close the deregulatory discussion of having emergency planning zones which do not extend outside the plant fence line.

BREDL Comments

BREDL sends Hearing Request and Petition to Intervene to NRC regarding TVA Clinch River Early Site Permitting

June 13, 2017: Reduce global warming? Improve energy security? Neither of these goals is advanced by the siting of modular nukes at the Clinch River Nuclear Site.

BREDL Petition

BREDL & Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff Present Safe, Clean Power Proposal to Burke County, GA

June 2, 2017: Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff advise Burke County Development Authority to request an update on the Toshiba-Westinghouse bankruptcy and its potential impacts on the partially constructed Vogtle nuclear power plants. We also to request that no additional cost increases will be passed along to Burke County ratepayers for this failed nuclear endeavor.

BREDL Letter

The League submits scoping comments on the EIS for the proposed early site permit at Clinch River.

May 15, 2017: Tennessee Valley Authority seeks to justify its plans for Clinch River on better energy security and reduced global warming. But its plan for small modular nuclear power plants satisfies neither of these goals; in fact, it takes the nation in the opposite direction.

BREDL Comments to NRC

The League Sends Request to NC Governor to halt Permitting on ACP

April 10, 2017: Gov. Cooper, on behalf of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and our North Carolina chapters Nash Stop the Pipeline, Cumberland County Caring Voices, Wilson County No Pipeline, No Pipeline Johnston County, and Concerned Stewards of Halifax County, I request that you take immediate executive action halting all permitting by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state agencies until an investigation takes place into the continually changing circumstances surrounding the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Letter to NC Governor

The League comments on DOE's Request for Information on Private Initiatives for Consolidated Interim Storage Facilities

Jan. 27, 2017: The Department of Energy request contemplates pilot-scale and large-scale facilities. The DOE pointedly refers to potential host and nearby communities, private operators and existing nuclear waste facility operators responding to this Request for Information. The Department’s integrated waste management systems include both pilot interim storage facilities and much larger consolidated interim storage facilities.

BREDL Comments

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