Chemical Disclosure Resolution Template to Protect Local Right-to-Know
BREDL has drafted a resolution template calling for full disclosure of chemicals to be used, stored, and transported at fracking sites, and we hope that groups across the state will adopt this resolution so that it can be presented to local governments in with support from their respective communities. The resolution is designed to be passed among organizations and local governments who can write in their own names and official status. We are asking that local groups adopt and share the resolution widely as an organizing tool in your communities.
Coal Ash Disposition
The Alternative for North Carolina
BREDL's technical report which details the dangers of landfilling coal ash and recommends the proven saltstone technology for the coal ash at Duke Energy's fourteen power plants. The report entitled "Coal Ash Disposition: The Alternative for North Carolina," describes the saltstone technology which would encase the coal ash waste and isolate the toxins from the soil, air and water.
The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League Board of Directors has recently approved the establishment of a fund to honor the work of Janet Marsh Zeller, who founded the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and served as its executive director for 28 years.
Since July 2012, Janet has acted as a consultant to the BREDL Board Executive Committee.
The honorary fund is a current fund (as opposed to an endowment fund) which will support the ongoing mission of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League.
It will be a continuing fund, with individual gifts accepted throughout the year. All donations to BREDL are tax-deductible.
Protect Our Fresh Air (Ashe Co., NC) - August 2015
High Country Wataugans Against Toxins Close to Home (Watauga Co., NC) - May 2015
Chatham Citizens Against Coal Ash Dump (Chatham Co., NC) - April 2015
Safeguard America's Resources
League Files Mountain Valley Pipeline Intervention Finds 3 Fatal Flaws in Pipeline Permit
Nov. 24, 2015: Today Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) took legal action to challenge the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) by filing a motion to intervene and protest the process. After a careful review of MVPs resource reports regarding the proposed project, the League cited crucial information that challenges the MVP’s request for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity on three grounds.
Proposed Buckingham Compressor Station Buckingham County, VA High Levels of Air Pollution Would Be Emitted
November 2015: Dominion Transmission, Inc. wants to build a series of compressor stations to move gas through the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. If constructed, the Buckingham
Compressor Station would have four natural gas-powered turbines with a total of 40,715 horsepower operating 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
BREDL and its chapter Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff provide comments on the proposed License
Amendment Request for the Vogtle nuclear power plants
Nov. 9, 2015: Southern Company has filed a license amendment request for the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia which would allow the preemptory alteration of the license before a full public review. We oppose the granting of the Preliminary Amendment Request and the License Amendment itself. Our principal interests are the health and safety of our members living near the plant and the general public.
BREDL moves to intervene regarding proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Nov. 6, 2015: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League expanded its legal challenge of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline based on new information from the United States Forest Service. BREDL soil scientist Jeff Walker stated: “This is obviously a violation of protocol and indicates, at the very least, improper oversight. The company needs to go back to the drawing board and begin the process again.” BREDL organizer Sharon Ponton, a resident of Nelson County, Virgina, stated: “If Dominions cuts corners and tries to weasel out of the protocols set by the US Forest Service, what are they doing to private property owners whose soil is at risk? We cannot trust them.”
BREDL and Concerned Citizens of Richmond County hold Press Conference regarding Duke Energy's Turbines located in Hamlet, NC
On October 8, 2015 Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and Concerned Citizens of Richmond County stood in front of the HQ of NCDENR in Raleigh, NC to announce that they have renewed their citizen's lawsuit against EPA and the state's permit for failure to properly regulate Duke Energy's Turbines in Hamlet, NC. The citizens of Richmond county are already being harmed with excessive amounts of air pollution from Duke's power plant.
BREDL Report on the Pollution Impacts from Appalachian Materials, LLC Proposed Asphalt Plant in Glendale Springs
Oct. 1, 2015: The report concludes that the North Carolina Division of Air Quality's draft permit would not meet state standards for toxic air pollution and recommends that Ashe County take steps to ensure that its Polluting Industries Ordinance be strengthened in order to protect the health and safety of its people.
BREDL's Therese Vick honored with National Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship
Therese works with BREDL chapters on the front lines of fracking Pee Dee W.A.L.L, EnvironmentaLEE, No Fracking in Stokes, and Chatham Citizens Against Coal Ash Dump. The FracTracker Alliance created an award – in partnership with the Halt the Harm Network – to honor three 'sentinels' amongst the thousands of volunteers across the United States working in their communities and cherished places to observe, measure, document and report impacts caused by activities of the oil and gas industry.
More info: FracTracker Alliance.
Clean Air - Asphalt Plants
Appalachian Materials, LLC Proposed Asphalt Plant on Glendale School
Road in Glendale Springs, NC.
Public Comment Period: September 4 through October 6. Public Hearing on October 6, 2015 at the Ashe County
Courthouse in Jefferson, NC.
League Spotlight - Coal Ash Forum in Lee and Chatham counties
At the forum, Esther Calhoun, leader of Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice, said:
“I'm here to encourage the people of Lee and Chatham counties. I'm here to tell them there is a chance. There is hope. It's not a done deal. They can win this fight if they stand together. Sticking together and gathering in large numbers can change a lot.”
Groups File Legal Challenge to Duke Energy's Coal Ash Dumping Plans
July 6, 2015: Charging that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
acted arbitrarily and capriciously by issuing permits for two proposed coal ash dumps in Lee and
Chatham Counties, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), Chatham Citizens
Against Coal Ash Dump (CCACAD), and EnvironmentaLEE (ELEE) filed a petition for a
contested case hearing with the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) today.
BREDL Letter regarding special use permit for asphalt plant in Lithonia, Georgia
June 30, 2015: Today BREDL and its local chapter CHASE recommended that officials in Dekalb County Georgia order a Developments of Regional Impact (DRI) study to assess impacts of a proposed asphalt plant in Lithonia. DRIs are done for projects likely to have regional effects beyond local government jurisdiction. Pollution from an asphalt plant would have a negative impact on the Atlanta area, which is already designated as being in non-attainment for national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for PM-2.5 and ozone.
The League Line: Summer 2015 issue is now available online.
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BREDL Partners with TERC
TERC is partnering with environmental action groups in twelve states to advance the quantitative literacy skills needed to understand and solve pressing environmental problems.
- Cover: Natural Gas Power Plants by Louis Zeller
- Cover: 28 Counties Drink Our Water by Mara Robbins
- Director's Report: Community Organizing 101 by Louis Zeller
- Export Expose' and the Renewable Revolution by Diana Tarazzo
- Nuclear Update by Louis Zeller
- United Landowners & Connected People Work to Preserve Franklin by Carolyn Reilly
- Fracking Lease Risk by Pastor Cary Rodgers
- Chatham County Against Coal Ash Dump Chapter Report by Judy Hogan
- Stanback Summer Internship Experience by Jinxi "Lizzie" Feng
Life around Sanford NC with a coal ash threat - Video by EnvironmentaLEE
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