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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
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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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…