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Group Finds Catch-22 in Georgia's Plant Vogtle License Changes
Legal Appeal Filed Sept. 4

Sep. 09, 2020: Today residents of the Shell Bluff community and the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League announced that they had filed a legal appeal of the license changes granted last month to the owners of Plant Vogtle. In an eight-page brief filed on Friday, the opponents of the license identified a ''Catch-22" process used by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission



Residents Call for Public Hearing on Pipeline

Jul. 21, 2020: Landowners on the proposed route of a new natural gas pipeline in Florence County South Carolina have requested a public hearing. Adopting the name Pamplico Pipeline Defense Committee, the group seeks to protect residents living in the path of a 14.5 mile, 16-inch gas line proposed by Dominion Energy South Carolina.



Atlantic Coast Pipeline Cancelled
Statements of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League staff and chapter members who lived in the path of the project

Jul. 05, 2020: Duke and Dominion's press release: Dominion Energy (NYSE: D) and Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) today announced the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline ("ACP") due to ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty which threaten the economic viability of the project.

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Therese Vick, BREDL's community organizer and campaign director, Raleigh, NC: "As our founder Janet Marsh said: 'We just have to last one day longer than they do!'"

Kathie Mosley, BREDL VP and Concern for the New Generation, Union Hill, VA: "Dominion chose to ignore the Union Hill community, but we stood up never stopped fighting. They tried to divide our community, but we never ever gave in. It feels good today to know we slayed the giant."

Read more statements here


Citizens Take Legal Action Against Alamance County

Jun. 18, 2020: Today residents of Snow Camp and the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) filed for legal action in Alamance County Superior Court, demanding that the County enforce the regulations in its Heavy Industrial Development Ordinance (HIDO). At issue is a proposed rock quarry in the residential community.



Residents Fight to Bring Case Against Georgia Nuclear Plant
Legal Brief Filed June 12

Jun. 15, 2020: Today the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League announced it had filed further legal arguments in its campaign against safety risks at Plant Vogtle. In reply to Southern Nuclear Operating Company's opposition to BREDL's standing to intervene, the group filed statements from three residents directly affected by the nuclear power plant on the banks of the Savannah River in Burke County.



BREDL and our chapter Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff file Petition regarding Plant Vogtle Plant 3 License Amendment and Exemption

May. 12, 2020: The Company's License Amendment Request does not comply with the current licensing basis, the applicable statutes and regulations, or the process for modifying the current licensing basis for Vogtle Unit 3 as set forth in 10 CFR 52.98(f). The Nuclear Regulatory Commission cannot approve this license amendment request. Our principal interests are the health and safety of our members living near the plant and the general public.



Residents Request Comprehensive Review of Three Asphalt Permits
Fear Fatal Flaw in the Future of Caswell County

May 04, 2020: Today, residents of Caswell County made a formal request to the Board of Commissioners for a comprehensive review of existing and proposed paving industry permits in the Prospect Hill and Anderson communities. The request echoed one made Thursday to the Division of Air Quality by the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League.



Landowners Fight Pipeline Invasion During Pandemic
Request Filed to Adopt Resolution Opposing Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Apr. 07, 2020: Landowners on the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline are fighting to prevent the company's financial appraisers from entering their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to Nash County delivered Friday, residents formally requested that the Board of Commissioners reject the pipeline, citing reductions in safety measures and harassment of landowners.



Groups Join County in NC Supreme Court Challenge of Asphalt Plant

Jan. 07, 2020: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and Protect Our Fresh Air have joined Ashe County's legal challenge of an asphalt plant permit in Glendale Springs. On January 2, 2020, the citizen groups filed a friend-of-the-court brief, known as an amicus curiae, in the Supreme Court of North Carolina. The groups' legal arguments will be considered by the high court alongside the appeal filed by the Ashe County Board of Commissioners, which also calls for denial of the county polluting industries permit.



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BREDL comments to NC DEQ regarding Addendum to Consent Order for Chemours PFAS pollution

Sep. 17, 2020: BREDL comments on the proposed Addendum to the Consent Order Paragraph 12, which requires additional actions by Chemours to prevent PFAS pollution from entering the Cape Fear River via contaminated groundwater from the Fayetteville Works Site.

The discovery of PFAS in the Cape Fear watershed, along with 1,4 dioxane and other emerging contaminants, should spur a rapid science-based response by state and local public officials in North Carolina. And the response must include a statewide public system which affords people the ability to find their potential exposure and health risk in order to take steps to protect themselves, their families and their communities.



BREDL and our Chapters along the MVP file Motion to Intervene and Comment in Opposition to Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC Request for Extension of Time

Sep. 10, 2020: Not all pipeline projects are the same. Not all pipeline companies are the same. FERC should properly examine this case and not simply grant this extension.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline project is far from being completed. In Virginia, according to MVP reports filed with FERC, MVP has completed about 80% clearing; 84% right-of-way preparation; 65% trenching, welding, coating and wrapping; 70% stringing; 54% backfilling and tying-in; and 15% final restoration.

FERC has a great opportunity here - the opportunity to right a wrong. Commissioners can prevent further harm to the communities along the MVP route by denying this request for an extension.



No ACP/Stop MVP Unity Banner Presented to Water Protectors in Bent Mountain

Aug. 18, 2020: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, its chapters and allies presented a Unity Banner to water protectors and pipeline fighters at the Bent Mountain Community Center, Bent Mountain, VA. The Unity Banner was created to symbolize solidarity between those who successfully fought and stopped the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and those who are still fighting the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).




BREDL sends letter to Governor Northam requesting he prevent an influx of thousands of out of state pipeline workers into southwest and southside Virginia during ongoing pandemic

Aug. 06, 2020: We have grave concerns that adding thousands of workers - many coming from states currently designated as "hot spots" for COVID-19 - will not only significantly increase the number of cases in these counties but will also put an undue burden on our local healthcare system.



BREDL comments on DFC plan to lift ban on investment into advanced nuclear projects

Jul. 13, 2020: The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is expected to agree to lift a ban on investment into advanced nuclear energy projects for export in July. The proposed change to the agency's Environmental and Social Policy and Procedures that would enable the consideration of support of nuclear power projects.

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League is in opposition to the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation lifting the ban on financing risky nuclear projects abroad for the following reasons: it breaks treaty obligations and presents risks to international nuclear technology, there are many dangers of spreading nuclear, small modular reactors and microreactors are not the future or cost effective, nuclear energy is a struggling industry, and finally OPIC banned overseas nuclear investments in accordance with the world bank's lending guidelines.



BREDL and chapters file Motion to Intervene and Comment in opposition to ACP LLC & Dominion Energy Transmission Inc. request for extension of time

Jul. 02, 2020: ACP/Dominion's failure to complete its due diligence - listening to communities, to experts, to the agencies from whom it needed permits - is the reason it has been forced into the position of seeking an extension of two (2) years for the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.



BREDL Statement on the death of George Floyd



Reply of BREDL and our chapter Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff to answers of NRC and SNC regarding Plant Vogtle

Jun. 15, 2020: BREDL contends that, under the guise of a one-inch change in the seismic gap between two critical walls in the Vogtle reactor, Southern Nuclear Company has admitted to a much more serioius problem.



BREDL Comments on Draft EIS for Plutonium Pit Production at Savannah River Site

May 18, 2020: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act - Section 102 42 U.S.C. 4332 DOE/NNSA must take a systematic, interdisciplinary approach to environmental impact on the human environment. The draft EIS posits two alternatives: 1) Proposed Action to repurpose the mixed oxide fuel fabrication facility into the Savannah River Plutonium Processing Facility to produce a minimum of 50 pits per year; and 2) No Action Alternative. Alternative number two is the only acceptable option.



BREDL sends letters to NC & VA Governors regarding PHMSA "unacceptable" reduction of training and enforcement

Mar. 28, 2020: What this indicates is that the principal oversight agency responsible for safe operation of pipelines counters the loss of work hours by reducing training and enforcement. This is a flagrant disregard of public safety sanctioned by a callous exploitation of the genuine public health threat presented by COVID-19. It is unacceptable; it demonstrates additional reasons to oppose pipelines through our communities.



BREDL requests state and federal agencies to suspend all public hearings for the foreseeable future

Mar. 13, 2020: BREDL has sent letters to regional Governors and the President requesting a suspension of all upcoming public hearings for the foreseeable future and to extend or suspend public commenting periods until it's deemed safe to hold public hearings.

You may read our letters below:
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam
President Donald Trump



BREDL additional comments on Chickahominy Power Groundwater Withdrawal Special Exception

Feb. 14, 2020: We sincerely appreciate the efforts of the VADEQ to protect the aquifers in the EVGWMA from over-use and the loss of their fresh water storage capacity caused by sinking land. We must, therefore, question the reasoning now being used to issue a permit special exception which would allow Chickahominy Power to withdraw up to 30,000,000 gallons of water from these fragile aquifers wiping out much of the progress made in past years.



BREDL requests VA DEQ & SWCB deny special exception as requested by Chickahominy Power

Feb. 13, 2020: BREDL requests that you deny the special exception to the Groundwater Management Act requested by Chickahominy Power, LLC. The exception, if granted, would be contrary to the letter and purpose of the state's Ground Water Management Act of 1992. Further, the Chickahominy Power plant itself serves no practical purpose because, like other natural gas fired electric plants, it uses as much energy as it produces.



BREDL requests NC Attorney General file brief in support of farmers and families regarding ACP case

Feb. 05, 2020: BREDL has requested NC Attorney General Josh Stein intervene on the side of Petitioners as friend-of-the-court in the Cowpasture River Preservation Association et al. vs Forest Service case before the U.S. Supreme Court. We ask Attorney General Stein to act to protect North Carolina communities in the same way Attorney General Mark Herring has done to protect Virginia communities.



The League comments on EPA rulemaking to list PFAS chemicals on TRI

Feb. 03, 2020: The question is not should EPA add the family of PFAS chemicals and their short-chain replacements such as GenX to the Right-to-Know TRI reports. That's a definite YES! The question is why has EPA taken so long to address these chemicals? Unfortunately, a lot of contamination to our drinking water sources and impacts to the public's health have already occurred.



BREDL joins groups commenting on advanced nuclear reactor generic EIS

Jan. 24, 2020: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is deciding whether to develop a generic environmental impact statement for the construction and operation of a broad, diverse, and undefined category of advanced nuclear reactors.



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