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.



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BREDL comments to SC PSA regarding Proposed New Pipeline Regulation

Jun. 11, 2021: BREDL reviewed Social Vulnerability Index data compiled by CDC for Florence County, SC which indicate that there already are moderate to high levels of social vulnerability in the census tracts in the Pamplico area of Florence County.

We call for an end to the Riverneck-Kingsburg pipeline based on its clearly disproportionate impacts on health and welfare.



Billionaire's Blunder : A Report by Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League


May. 04, 2021: Bill Gates believes he has figured out a solution for combating climate change: a return to nuclear power. We at Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and others around the world know that nuclear energy and power are not the future we should look to.



BREDL comments on Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement-Clinch River Nuclear Site Advanced Nuclear Reactor Technology Park

Mar. 19, 2021: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League is in opposition to Tennessee Valley Authority going through with the construction, operation, and decommissioning of an advanced nuclear reactor technology park at the Clinch River Nuclear (CRN) Site in Oak Ridge, Roane County, Tennessee for the following reasons: A variety of negative environmental and human health impacts, there are no efficient and practical solutions for nuclear waste, small modular reactors and microreactors are not the future or cost effective, nuclear energy is a struggling industry, and energy demands are decreasing.



STOP THE PIPELINE - STOP THE INJUSTICE
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



The LEAGUE LINE
Summer 2021 issue

Summer 2021

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

SPECIAL EDITION: CELEBRATING LOU ZELLER ON HIS RETIREMENT
- 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

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

Pittsylvania County Preservation League (Pittsylvania Co., VA) - July 2020

Protect Caswell (Caswell Co., NC) - March 2020

Madison County Clean Power Coalition (Madison Co., GA) - January 2020

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




RESOURCES

Reports

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.

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