BREDL Requests that FERC officially acknowledge Green Hollow Drive as a contributing resource inside the Bent Mountain Orchard Rural Historic District

Jun. 21, 2022: FERC's claim that Green Hollow Drive (incorrectly called "Green Hollow Road" in the Order) is not a contributing resource in the Bent Mountain Orchard Rural Historic District contradicts the findings of The Evaluation Committee of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources

FERC's failure to acknowledge the status of Green Hollow Drive as a contributing resource in the Bent Mountain Orchard Rural Historic District is of special concern because Green Hollow Drive has been designated and used as a pipeline access road for the MVP, resulting in alteration of its historic appearance through extensive re-grading and application of gravel.



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Coalition for a Clean Dan River Region holds first June Jamboree

BREDL chapter Coalition for a Clean Dan River Region held its first June Jamboree at Evangel Church in Ringgold, VA on June 4, 2022. This free family event included free food, games and fellowship along with educational handouts on the health and environmental impacts from the First Piedmont landfill.



BREDL expresses our concern in a letter to NC DEQ Secretary Biser regarding the Chemours Total Organic Fluorine (TOF) method report
Transferring a pollutant from one medium to another is a virtual shell game

Jun. 06, 2022: The Chemours facility has caused massive pollution in the Cape Fear region and the pollution is ongoing. Thousands of people have been impacted.



BREDL comments on DOE's consent-based siting and federal interim storage

Mar. 07, 2022: Working in communities in the Southeast since 1984, we are well aware of radioactive waste initiatives going out to potential waste dump communities. The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League was founded because of one such program, the DOE's Crystalline Repository Project and interim Monitored Retrievable Storage Site. We have continually opposed such radioactive waste dumps wherever they are proposed, including Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Likewise, we oppose so-called consolidated interim storage schemes.



BREDL - Eminent Justice: How a pipeline was cancelled

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League staff and chapter members talk about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline fight. The Dominion Energy and Duke Energy ACP was approved in 2014. Had it been constructed, it would have traversed 550 miles from West Virginia through Virginia to North Carolina. The pipeline companies cancelled the project on July 5, 2020.



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
Spring 2022 issue

Spring 2022

The League Line: Spring 2022 issue is now available online.

- Cover: Fire at Winston-Salem fertilizer operation exposes weaknesses and loopholes in state and federal regulations by Therese Vick
- Georgia state House of Representatives honor Renee Cail with the 2022 Yellow Rose Nikki T. Randall Servant Leader Award
- Rev. Charles Utley spoke as part of U.S. Department of State's Leadership Program
- Director's Report: Fundraising during tough times by Kathy Andrews
- Environmental Injustices persist in Chapel Hill by Jason Toriaan
- BREDL seeks revamping of water quality standards for Mountain Valley Pipeline by Ann Rogers
- Sharon Ponton retires from BREDL
- BREDL welcomes Jason Torian as community organizer


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

Pamplico Defense League (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




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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