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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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  • Racism and Racial Equity
  • Safe and Clean Energy
June 25, 2022 News

At What Cost? Chapel Hill’s plan to house residents on coal ash dump

Concerned community members in partnership with ACT Against Coal Ash, Chapel Hill Organization for Clean Energy (CHOCE), Friends of Bolin Creek, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) and Climate…

June 22, 2022 News

SC woman concerned over new gas pipeline in front of home, officials say it’s legal (WPDE.com)

A woman living in Atlantic Beach reached out to ABC15 with concerns after she said a gas pipeline was installed in front of her home — without notice.

Kathy Andrews said the home she’s lived in for nearly two decades on 32nd Avenue in Atlantic Beach was disrupted a couple of weeks ago.

Andrews said she walked out of her door to see Dominion Energy workers digging a hole in her front yard; something she said she never gave permission or received a notice for.

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June 21, 2022 Letters

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

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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June 6, 2022 Letters

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.

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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.