A fund in honor of Rhonda Catherine Mitchell has been established to raise funding for BREDL in her honor. Rhonda worked for BREDL as a community organizer and founded the chapter, Citizens for a Healthy Environment, and effectively shut down a significant incinerator. Rhonda is a shining example of the best of BREDL and shall remain an example for us all.
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.
Northampton County Citizens Against Coal Ash (Northampton Co., NC) - July 2018
Woodsdale Concerned Citizens Group (Person Co., NC) - January 2018
Citizens for Arsenal Accountability (Blacksburg, VA) - April 2017
No Pipeline Johnston County (Johnston Co., NC) - February 2017
Safeguard America's Resources | Clean Air
BREDL airs radio spot in Richmond concerning ACP Compressor Station and Governor Northam removal of two air board members
Listen to the spot. The State Air Pollution Control Board will meet on Dec.19 to vote on the proposed compressor station in Buckingham County, VA.
Safeguard America's Resources | Clean Air
BREDL requests investigation of Governor Northam by Virginia Inspector General regarding Air Board firings and threats to Advisory Council on Environmental Justice
Nov. 30, 2018: Lovingston, VA—Today, on behalf of its members and chapters in Virginia, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) called upon Virginia Inspector General Michael Westfall to investigate the firing of two State Air Pollution Control Board members by Governor Ralph Northam. The request also cites threats by the state attorney general to disband the Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice. The request centers on a proposed natural gas pipeline compressor station air permit.
Drone video and photos from Brickhaven Coal Ash Landfill After Heavy Rain
Nov. 25, 2018: Drone footage and still images of the Brickhaven coal ash landfill in Chatham County, NC. Taken 11/25/18 after some heavy rain. The landfill, in operation since late 2015 is owned and operated by Charah, LLC, Duke Energy's ash from the Sutton and Riverbend facilities have been disposed of there. The landfill was permitted in June 2015- has only been taking coal ash around 3 years. NC DEQ permitted the site in a little over 6 months.
BREDL sends memo to Tetra Tech and MVP regarding impacts to National Register of Historic Places-eligible Bent Mountain Orchard Rural Historic District
Nov. 26, 2018: BREDL sends memo to Tetra Tech and Mountain Valley Pipeline requesting: (a) maintenance of the culvert underneath Green Hollow Drive, a contributing resource inside the National Register of Historic Places-eligible Bent Mountain Orchard Rural Historic District, and (b) avoidance of use of Green Hollow Drive as a pipeline access road.
BREDL statement regarding Virginia Governor's removal of two air board members
THE OBSTRUCTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
"The Governor's packing the air board is an obstruction of environmental justice for the people of Union Hill and, indeed, for the Commonwealth. His removal of members who question the placement of a polluting facility serves the power companies instead of those in harm's way. This cannot stand."
Louis Zeller, Executive Director
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League
BREDL comments on Enviva air permit in Hamlet, NC
Nov. 8, 2018: On behalf of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and our chapter the Concerned
Citizens of Richmond County, I write to request that the DAQ perform a Multiple Source
Review in the Hamlet area before approving the Enviva Permit which today is the subject of a
Hamlet, NC, is the location of several large sources of air pollution. The sum of the impacts on
public must be ascertained by the DAQ before the agency issues any new permits.
BREDL submits comments on UNC-Chapel Hill Title V Air Permit
Oct. 25, 2018: We are concerned that the air pollution created by the combustion of fuel at the University’s physical plant presents a serious risk to the health and well-being of residents in the Chapel Hill area. A public hearing would allow the NC Division of Air Quality (DAQ) to ascertain the
potential public health risks before finalizing this permit.
BREDL comments on proposed Interim Storage Partners dumpsite for high level radioactive waste in Andrews Co., TX
Oct. 19, 2018: We oppose the proposed Interim Storage Partners dumpsite for high level radioactive waste in Andrews County, Texas. There have been many attempts to establish centralized interim storage: the Monitored
Retrievable Storage program in east Tennessee, the industry’s privatized storage program
targeting Native Americans, the Mescalero Apache Nation in New Mexico and the Skull
Valley Goshute Reservation in Utah.
We have continued to oppose such radioactive waste dumps wherever they are proposed,
including Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Likewise, we oppose so-called consolidated interim
storage schemes—including the Holtec International/Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance site in
New Mexico and the Waste Control Specialists site in Andrews County, Texas—because
nuclear waste shipments to those sites would unnecessarily place millions of people at
risk from accident, sabotage, and routine exposure.
The Fight for Local Control
Ashe County, North Carolina
Many rural counties are defending themselves as best they can from the negative impacts of coal ash dumping, natural gas pipelines and asphalt plants. The state issues air and water permits for industrial facilities, but local governments can control where they are located. Countywide polluting industries ordinances can do this. In the Ashe County case, a disabled children’s camp is located near the site of a proposed asphalt plant.
Ashe County v. Ashe County Planning Board, NC Court of Appeals, Case No. 18-253
Synopsis: The basis for this case is local land use as defined by the Ashe County Polluting Industries Ordinance, the result of a BREDL campaign in 1998-99. In 2016 Ashe County Commissioners challenged its own Planning Board’s decision to allow an asphalt plant on the South Fork of the New River (Ashe County Superior Court, 16 CVS 514). Interestingly, the Planning Dept. Director denied approval for the plant under the ordinance. But the lower court ruled in favor of the Planning Board and the asphalt plant. So, in 2018, in response to the people, Ashe County filed for writ of certiorari and judicial review to the Court of Appeals. BREDL and its chapter Protect Our Fresh Air support the continuing effort by Ashe County elected officials to reverse the Planning Board, prevent asphalt plant pollution and protect the community.
Drone video and photos from Brickhaven Coal Ash Landfill After Hurricane Florence
Sept. 26, 2018: Drone footage and still images of the Brickhaven coal ash landfill in Chatham County, NC after rains from Hurricane Florence. The landfill, in operation since late 2015 is owned and operated by Charah, LLC, Duke Energy's ash from the Sutton and Riverbend facilities have been disposed of there. Video and pictures taken September 22, 2018.
Groups - Join us by filing a friend-of-the-court
brief regarding the Ashe County Watershed Review Board issued permit for a site on the South Fork of the New River
Sept 26, 2018: On April 26, 2018, the Ashe County Watershed Review Board issued a water supply
watershed permit for a site on the South Fork of the New River. The permit is an egregious
example of a quixotic procedure by a local watershed review board and poses risks to the
entire state of North Carolina. If allowed to stand, the legal precedent will be there for
other county boards to carve loopholes in the law and sidestep water supply watershed
protection. This would mean that drinking water supply for people across this state could
be put at risk.
BREDL Comments on proposed ACP Compressor Station in Buckingham County, VA
Sept. 11, 2018: If permitted, the Buckingham Compressor Station would be a major source of air pollution. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has incorrectly determined that it would be a minor source. We recommend immediate steps be taken to correct this error. Further, unless and until the Virginia Supreme Court rules, and local governing bodies in Buckingham County to do a proper assessment of the disproportionate impacts on economically disadvantaged or minority communities in and around Union Hill, any air permit issued by Virginia DEQ would lack the necessary legal basis.
The League Line: Fall 2018 issue is now available online.
What if Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League earned a donation every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause?
Well, now it can!
- Cover: Resolution for Zero Waste, and Renewable Energy
- Director's Report: Understanding the Dynamics of Power Critically important to Winning by Louis Zeller
- Drastic Improvement Needed to Protect Historic Sites by Ann Rogers
- People's Action: From Protest to Power - The People's Assembly by Mark Barker
- Can we talk about coal ash by Therese Vick
- James A. Johnson Honored - Officers Elected
- Revamping our Membership Program
- SUCCESS! Northampton County Citizens Against Coal Ash by Wanda Flythe
BREDL and Concerned Citizens of Richmond County Press Conference - 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.
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