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Supporting Vulnerable Communities of All Races

We provide information on how to even the playing field against fossil fuel companies by focusing on the following issues:

Environmental Justice

  • Clean air, water and soil for all
  • Government transparency and citizen input to proposed local development
  • Corporate and industrial toxics emissions
  • Elimination of nuclear weapons (program since 1997) “#Target 2045”
  • Community pollution
  • Healthy local food and access
  • Pandemic adjustments
  • Environmental racism and racial equity
    • Heired Properties
    • Landfill and toxic dumping
    • Utility cost equity

Climate Change

  • Safe and Clean Energy
    • Replacing nuclear, coal and gas fuel sources
    • No false solutions such as biomass, bridge fuels
    • Apply EJ principals to clean, renewable energy sources
    • Energy and transportation efficiency
  • Land Use & Abuse
    • Urban Sprawl
    • Biodiversity
    • Loss of wildlife
    • Deforestation
    • Consumption patterns

View the latest news, updates and resources by issue:

All Issues
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  • Citizen Input for Local Development
  • Clean Air, Water and Soil
  • Climate Change
  • Community Pollution
  • Eliminating Nuclear Weapons
  • Environmental Justice
  • Land Use & Abuse
  • Racism and Racial Equity
  • Safe and Clean Energy
June 1, 2022 News

The League Line: Summer 2022

  • Cover: Seeking protection for our local communities is something that we must continue to pursue by Charles Utley
  • BREDL sending representative to Germany for peace delegation by Jenn Galler
  • Director’s Report: Citizens’ responsibility when it comes to pollution by Kathy Andrews
  • EPA takes action on PFAS by Therese Vick
  • Disenfranchisement and its impact on environmental justice by Jason Torian
  • Solar panels in parking lots by Ann Rogers
  • BREDL welcomes Jan Haagensen as Development Director

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May 19, 2022 News

Citizens Urged to Attend the People’s Hearing at Hannah Pamplico High (prnewswire.com)

A public forum will be held at Hannah Pamplico High School, 2055 S Pamplico Highway, on Saturday, May 21 at 1pm to discuss the proposed Dominion Energy pipeline.

Environmentalists say the pipeline will cause harm to residents’ health and to wildlife in an area with an abundance of natural beauty and historical value.

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April 1, 2022 News

The League Line: Spring 2022

  • 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 Torian
  • 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

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March 7, 2022 News

BREDL Welcomes Jason Torian As Community Organizer

Jason Torian has joined Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League as our newest community organizer. Jason will be working closely with our Chapel Hill chapter, as well as assisting various other chapters within BREDL’s footprint.

March 7, 2022 Comments

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…

January 22, 2022 Letters

BREDL letter to President Biden regarding U.S. Nuclear Posture Review and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

BREDL requests President Biden to take action to have the U.S. adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to make the treaty a core element of his administration’s upcoming Nuclear Posture Review.

January 6, 2022 Factsheets

Why do I need to be concerned with sustainable economic development?

Sustainable Economic Development is a term many recognize and few understand. The simplest and most commonly accepted definition comes from the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development. In the Bruntland Commission report, sustainable economic development is defined as “[development that]…meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” In broader terms, sustainable economic development should improve the quality of life of employees and the community, while protecting public health and the environment.

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January 1, 2022 News

The League Line: Winter 2022

  • Cover: Virginia air board denies permit for MVP Southgate compressor station – MVP appeals decision by Mark Barker
  • Director’s Report: The people of Pamplico, South Carolina must rise up and fight Dominion Energy by Kathy Andrews
  • Unity and support makes a difference for the needs of our communities by Charles Utley, BREDL Associate Director
  • The 1,4 Dioxane Dilemma continues… by Therese Vick
  • Update and next steps on Mountain Valley Pipeline by Ann Rogers
  • “It took a while, but in the end we won.” by Lou Zeller, BREDL Strategic Advisor
  • Ways to raise money for your chapter

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October 1, 2021 News

The League Line: Fall 2021

  • Cover: BREDL welcomes Kathy Andrews as new executive director
  • TVA retains ownership of the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant site – Agency will not request any new licensing by Sandy Kurtz, BREDL Co-President
  • The 1,4 Dioxane Dilemma by Therese Vick
  • Roanoke County Supervisor takes action on MVP by Ann Rogers
  • BREDL welcomes new chapter Coalition for a Clean Dan River Region by Julie Owen, CCDRR Director
  • People vs. Fossil Fuels pictorial
  • “In honor of a Code Red Warning, I Harken Thee” – a poem by Frank McManus

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September 2, 2021 Strategic Planning

Introduction to Strategic Planning by Bill Moyer

There is nothing mysterious or complicated about strategic planning. It is based on common sense. In its simplest form it can be summarized by four basic questions: What is our organization’s purpose? Where are we now, in relation to our purpose? Where do we want to be (at some point down the road)? And how do we get from here to there?

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