Environmental Justice

The United States Environmental Protection Agency established the Office of Environmental Justice in 1992 because all Americans regardless of race, color, national origin, or economic circumstance should be able to live in a clean, healthy environment.

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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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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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