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.

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!
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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