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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

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April 28, 2023 News

The League Line: Spring 2023

Cover: Winston-Salem residents seek legislative changes in wake of fertilizer plant fire Director’s Report: Understanding Climate Change and Global Warming means taking action! There is no away for PFAS… BREDL’s…

April 26, 2023 Letters

BREDL Sends Letter to North Carolina Science Advisory Board (SAB) on PFAS

On April 7, 2023, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League sent a letter to the SAB requesting that they recommend that the Department of Environmental Quality take immediate action to notify…

January 19, 2023 Factsheets

Natural Gas Pipeline – Property Value Devaluation

Property values plunged on parcels whose owners sought relief through the Atlantic Coast Pipeline reassessment hearing process, according to a property records search conducted in Highland and Nelson Counties by the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League.

The construction of the proposed pipeline and resultant losses in property value are devastating for directly affected landowners. Pipelines drive down property values substantially, limiting landowner’s use of their properties and leading to an increased real estate tax rate for every property owner.

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January 17, 2023 News

The League Line: Winter 2023

Cover: BREDL Awarded Major EPA Grant Director’s Report: Corruption keeps fossil fuel industry strong One year after fertilizer plant fire, questions remain in Winston-Salem Who’s helping who? We have questions!…

November 6, 2022 Training

Have Fun, Build Your Group and Raise Money!

You can have fun during your meetings and events AND you can build your group AND you can raise money, all at the same time! So, you might ask the question: Besides raising money, WHY should our group fundraise and WHEN should we fundraise?

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October 20, 2022 News

The League Line: Fall 2022

Cover: A Victory for the People! Director’s Report: An environmental nightmare called eminent domain. “Forever chemical” GenX found in Roanoke River and local drinking water supply reservoir North and South…

October 12, 2022 Letters

BREDL sends letter to NC DEQ Secretary regarding notification of water customers regarding PFAS in drinking water

BREDL has found that some water systems are not notifying their customers when PFAS is found in drinking water – even when concentrations are above the EPA health advisory limits. The excuse of not having statutory authority to require that water systems notify their customers is not acceptable.

We are requesting that NC DEQ notify the public whenever PFAS contaminants are found in drinking water.

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September 14, 2022 News

BREDL To Host Urgent Community Meeting on Dominion Energy Gas Pipeline Proposal (prnewswire.com)

Dominion Energy, one of the nation’s top polluters, has immediate plans to condemn the land of several African-American heirs and working class citizens as part of their proposed pipeline project, which would run along the Great Pee Dee River and through several communities, including Pamplico. To address these urgent issues and build continued community support, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League will host a meeting on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00am to 1:00pm at Pamplico Public Library, which is located at 100 Main Street in Pamplico.

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August 3, 2022 News

Winston-Salem Weaver fire air quality worse than reported by agencies

The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has released a report which shows that hazardous air quality during the Weaver Fertilizer Plant fire was downplayed.

The report Winston-Salem Weaver Fertilizer Plant Fire – Analysis of Publicly Disseminated Air Quality Information During Facility Fire Incident highlights instances when local officials told the public that the air quality was okay and pollutants were just “irritants” when, in fact, levels of Particulate Matter 2.5 were in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s hazardous and very unhealthy categories.

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July 26, 2022 Letters

BREDL requests FERC to deny MVP an extension of time

In our comments submitted to FERC, BREDL: (1) Requests that FERC deny request from Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (MVP, LLC) for an extension of time until October 13, 2026 to complete construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) (2) In the event that MVP, LLC is granted an extension of time to complete construction of the MVP, BREDL requests that:

  • Revised Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) and Stormwater Management (SWM) plans for the MVP be a condition of the requested extension
  • consideration of cumulative aquatic impacts of building both the MVP and the Southgate extension be a condition of the requested extension

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