Kathy Andrews Joins BREDL As New Executive Director

Kathy Andrews has been named executive director of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, effective August 1, 2021. She replaces Lou Zeller, who retired after 35 years of service. Mr. Zeller will remain with BREDL as a volunteer strategic adviser.

Ground and Surface Water Monitoring Reports Reveal that Forever Chemical 1,4 Dioxane Contamination at Construction and Demolition Landfills is widespread

Oct. 11, 2021: A review of ground and surface water monitoring reports submitted to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) by construction and demolition (CDLF) landfills shows that 1,4 dioxane has been found in ground and/or surface water at most sites. Of the over 50 facilities reviewed, over 40 show varying levels of 1,4 dioxane.

It has also been detected in leachate from some of these facilities. Dioxane is an unregulated "forever" chemical and a likely carcinogen.

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BREDL submits comments on two Carolina Sunrock facilities proposed for Caswell County, NC

Sep. 22, 2021: The Burlington North draft permit made available for public comment on the NC DAQ website contained numerous errors and must be denied. These errors include duplicate numbering of conditions and an exclusion of a referenced condition. In addition, there are several issues with the air modeling which was completed to demonstrate compliance with criteria and hazardous air pollutant standards. Revised air modeling analysis and a revised draft permit must be posted.

The Prospect Hill Quarry Distribution Center needs revised air modeling analysis including cumulative impacts from the nearby already permitted Carolina Sunrock facility on Wrenn Road. Until the cumulative impacts are considered, this permit must be denied.

BREDL sends letter to NC Attorney General regarding easements for the cancelled Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Sep. 07, 2021: In our letter, we point out that landowners whom were able to obtain legal counsel were able to negotiate better terms. We request the Attorney General right the injustices and assist landowners in regaining these easements.

BREDL sends letter to NC DEQ Secretary regarding June 30, 2021 discharge of 1,4 dioxane
The release was from the TZ Osborne Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greensboro

Aug. 11, 2021: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League urges the Department to consider the enactment of emergency, temporary, or permanent rules that require the following:

1. Testing and analysis be performed after a spill has been reported/detected, including the recommended time frame for such testing.
2. That water providers notify their users of discharges/spills immediately.
3. Additionally, that water providers notify users immediately of any detection of unregulated chemicals, as well as detection of other contaminants that exceed the regulatory limit.
4. The Department should post the results on the DEQ website and send out notices to their media/interested parties lists.

A free online PUBLIC FORUM on natural gas pipelines in South Carolina.

This forum was held on Feb. 27, 2021.

Rev. Charles Utley, Forum Moderator
Featuring Guest Speakers:
Christopher Covington, multi-generation landowner, Pamplico SC
Rebekah Sale, Executive Director, Property Rights and Pipeline Center
Shelley Robbins, Energy and State Policy Director, Upstate Forever

Summer 2021 issue

Summer 2021

The League Line: Summer 2021 issue is now available online.

- Cover: Congratulations Lou—Happy Retirement! - Thank you for decades of leadership and community organizing
- Director's Report: Envision the Future by Louis Zeller
- plus more . . .

BREDL welcomes these new chapters

Coalition for a Clean Dan River Region (Pittsylvania Co., VA) - September 2021

Randolph Individuals Saving the Environment (Randolph Co., NC) - September 2021

Stop the Pipeline Pamplico Defense League Committee (Pamplico, Florence Co., SC) - August 2021

Unicoi Clear (Unicoi Co., TN) - January 2021

Find a chapter near you

Coal Ash Disposition
The Alternative for North Carolina

BREDL's 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.

View BREDL Technical Report



Report on Air and Noise Pollution Reveals Fatal Flaws in Permit for Proposed Buckingham Compressor Station
Dec. 14, 2016: The report, subtitled “Unfair, Illegal and Unjust,” concludes that the Buckingham County Planning Commission failed with respect to its legal obligation to ensure that the facility does not have a disproportionate impact on Buckingham’s African American community.

Noise from Mountain View Speedway Harmful to Boone Quality of Life
Jan. 21, 2016: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League released a report on sound pollution and called on the Town of Boone to protect residents from excessive levels of noise from stock car races at the newly opened auto speedway on Roby Green Road. The report, "Noisy Neighbors–Sound Pollution in the High Country", reveals the hazards to mental and physical well-being of residents in neighborhoods near the track.

More Reports:

A list of our reports can be found on our BREDL Reports page.

Fact Sheets

Aug. 26, 2019: BREDL Fact Sheet on Versatile Test Reactors.

Updated Aug 2016 BREDL Fact Sheet - Proposed Buckingham Compressor Station, Buckingham County, VA

May 2016: BREDL Unequal Protection Fact Sheet The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Discriminatory Laws & Regulations

April 2016 BREDL Fact Sheet - Small Modular Reactors

Sept. 2015 BREDL Fact Sheet - Appalachian Materials, LLC Proposed Asphalt Plant in Glendale Springs, NC.

March 2014: BREDL Fact Sheet: "Don't Dump Coal Ash on our Communities"

More Fact Sheets:

A chronological list of Fact Sheets can be found on our BREDL Fact Sheets page.

Educational Tools

Salisbury Health Study
Download the Powerpoint Presentation

Bucket Brigade
Download the Powerpoint Presentation

Statistics for Action
Statistics for Action website

BREDL Partners with TERC
TERC is partnering with environmental action groups in twelve states to advance the quantitative literacy skills needed to understand and solve pressing environmental problems.
More about this partnership.