Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

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BREDL Clean Water Campaign

The Clean Water Campaign is a program for community organizing around contaminated groundwater sites, prevention of the weakening of 2L standards - with priority on groundwater at the drinking water level, and the blocking of dangerous brownfields.

Groups - Join us by filing a friend-of-the-court brief regarding the Ashe County Watershed Review Board issued permit for a site on the South Fork of the New River

Sept 26, 2018: On April 26, 2018, the Ashe County Watershed Review Board issued a water supply watershed permit for a site on the South Fork of the New River. The permit is an egregious example of a quixotic procedure by a local watershed review board and poses risks to the entire state of North Carolina. If allowed to stand, the legal precedent will be there for other county boards to carve loopholes in the law and sidestep water supply watershed protection. This would mean that drinking water supply for people across this state could be put at risk.

Fact Sheet

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

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

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

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

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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EPA has proposed to significantly raise the allowable levels of radioactivity in drinking water following nuclear accidents.

July 16, 2016: We oppose any weakening of drinking water standards for radioactivity. The Safe Drinking Water Act limits should be complied with. The Protective Action Guides should do what they are supposed to do: provide protective action guidance for authorities on how to treat contaminated water or provide alternative drinking water supplies.

Comment Deadline is July 25, 2016!
Please see Fact Sheet for details.

BREDL Fact Sheet

BREDL Statement on Hydrofracking

"The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League opposes shale gas extraction, also known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” Describing natural gas as a solution to America’s fossil fuel dependency is misleading and ignores real solutions like conservation, as well as truly clean energy like wind and solar power. Hydrofracking is fraught with environmental, public health, and economic problems. The extraction of the gas from the shale uses toxins injected underground, and releases radium, methane and radon gas which contaminate air, land and water. The gas industry has ignored community concerns and paved its way with campaign contributions and bully tactics, which has resulted in human misery, contamination, foreclosures and lawsuits. North Carolina’s public health, quality of life, and environment must not be sacrificed to this practice and the dirty money which comes with it. There is too much at stake."

BREDL Hydrofracking Campaign

BREDL Comments on Belews Creek NPDES permit, Requests Public Hearing

March 15, 2009: Read BREDL Comments to North Carolina Division of Water Quality Comments by BREDL's Lou Zeller | Comments by BREDL's Sue Dayton

BREDL Comments on Raleigh request for groundwater regs variance

Nov. 5, 2007: BREDL comments regarding the City of Raleigh's request for a variance from groundwater regulations for the Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Map of High-Level Radioactive Wastes and Aquifers in the Southeast featuring Savannah River Site

June 3, 2004 Map of High-Level Radioactive Wastes and Aquifers in the Southeast featuring Savannah River Site

June 3, 2004 Map of Drinking Water information featuring Savannah River Site