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  • 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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August 11, 2021 Letters

BREDL sends letter to NC DEQ Secretary regarding June 30, 2021 discharge of 1,4 dioxane

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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June 23, 2021 News

Riverneck-Kingsburg Pipeline Project, Public Notice No. SAC 2019-01427

Dear Mr. Wenerick:

On behalf of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and its members in South
Carolina, I write to provide comments on Dominion Energy’s proposed Riverneck-
Kingsburg pipeline project, PN # SAC-2019-01427. These remarks will supplement the
comments filed today on our behalf by the South Carolina Environmental Law Project
(“SCELP”).

In sum, we oppose the granting of the nationwide permit, NWP-12, for this project. Also,
we hereby request that an extension of the comment period be granted and that a public
hearing be held on this matter.

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October 30, 2020 News

Small pipeline, large worries for some S. Carolina residents – ABC27

PAMPLICO, S.C. (AP) — The land agent who arrived at Reatha Jefferson’s door in May, unannounced and unmasked in the middle of the pandemic, told her he was giving her one more chance.

The agent was there on behalf of Virginia-based utility giant Dominion Energy. He wanted to see if Jefferson would let Dominion run a new natural gas pipeline through the land her great-grandfather, a rural Black farmer, had bought more than a century ago in Pamplico, South Carolina.

Jefferson sent the agent away and in July, the utility served her with court papers in an attempt to use eminent domain to build the pipeline.

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November 4, 2019 Reports

BREDL Report: Union Hill: Real Property, Racism and Environmental Justice

Today Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and its Buckingham Chapter, Concern for the New Generation, released a new report: “Union Hill: Real Property, Racism and Environmental Justice,” which reveals a history of subversive policies, in Virginia and nationwide, which severely limit the ability for African Americans to build wealth.

June 10, 2019 Comments

BREDL submits comments to EPA regarding Draft PFAS recommendations

The EPA interim recommendations for addressing groundwater contaminated with PFOA and PFOS needs to be expanded to include all PFAS as a class. Any talk of cleanup needs to examine previous industrial sites that probably emitted/discharged PFAS chemicals. All areas of PFAS contamination – soil, surface and ground water, air and food – need to be properly addressed. In addition to the class of PFAS, short-chain replacement chemicals that convey similar health impacts – such as GenX – also need to be included.

The federal government is hell-bent on fast tracking projects that harm the environment. For a change, how about fast tracking a plan that will clean up the entire class of PFAS contaminants and their short-chain replacements?

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February 4, 2019 Comments

BREDL Comments to NC Utilities Commission

BREDL calls upon the NC Utilities Commission to reject the Integrated Resource Plan submitted by Dominion Energy North Carolina and require a cleaner, smarter plan. And we support similar calls…

April 14, 2017 Factsheets

Small Nuclear Reactors

Clinch River Nuclear Site is located in Roane County, Tennessee, about 25 miles from Knoxville. In 2016 Tennessee Valley Authority submitted an application asking for approval of its Clinch River…

August 28, 2014 Videos

Waiting In A Cesspool

In 1969 the Richmond County Health Department advised residents of Hyde Park their well water was unsafe because of industrial pollution. Four decades later, relocation of the community was finally approved.

September 18, 1999 Statement

Ten Commandments of Radioactive Waste

Radioactive Waste policy statement approved by the BREDL Board of Directors at its 9/18/99 meeting