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.
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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.
Concerned Citizens of Richmond County (Richmond Co., NC) - February 2014
Citizens for a Healthy and Safe Environment (Lithonia, GA) - December 2013
No Fracking In Stokes (Stokes Co., NC) - October 2013
Concerned Citizens of Trade (Johnson Co., TN) - June 2013
Save Linville Gorge Wilderness (Burke Co., NC) - April 2013
People for Clean Mountains (Transylvania Co., NC) - April 2013
Cumnock Preservation Association (Lee Co., NC) - March 2012
SAFE Carolinas (Asheville, NC) - March 2012
Jefferson Environmental Defense Initiative (J.E.D.I.) (Jefferson Co., GA) - February 2012
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League meets North Carolina Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources Assistant Secretary Mitch Gillespie to talk about fracking in North Carolina. Feb. 10, 2014
Nuclear - North Anna
Reply of BREDL to Dominion on North Anna
April 9, 2014: From the reply of BREDL to the NRC and the power company, quoting Emerson:
"What is the use of courts, if judges only quote authorities, and no judge exerts original jurisdiction, or recurs to first principles?" In this matter, first principles require a power plant not inimical to public health and safety.
Local Group Joins Forces with Defense League to Oppose Biomass Incineration
April 9, 2014: Lithonia– Today, Citizens for a Healthy and Safe Environment (CHASE) announced they have joined the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), a regional environmental justice non-profit organization. The link with the multi-state organization will give CHASE greater capacity to defend the residents of Dekalb County from toxic air pollution.
Coal Ash Disposition
The Alternative for North Carolina
March 24, 2014: Today the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League released a 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.
BREDL Demands: "Don't Dump Coal Ash on our Communities"
March 20, 2014: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has announced a new campaign to block the landfilling of coal ash from Duke Energy's plants. Staff and volunteers are working with county commissioners and environmental justice advocates to prevent this hazardous waste from contaminating groundwater and drinking water in the state’s mega-dump communities.The League warns that landfilling would endanger public health and the environment. The League's Executive Committee has determined that the full liability for the coal ash should be borne by Duke Energy.
For over twenty years the League has identified the dangers of waste landfilling. Cary Rodgers, BREDL's NC Environmental Justice Organizer who resides in Anson County, said, "The people who live near this mega-dump are primarily African American and many of them are poor. Handing coal ash over to a commercial company which dumps for dollars is a grave danger to our groundwater and nearby residents." Lou Zeller, Executive Director, added, "The League has shared our formal position against coal ash landfilling with other NC organizations and hopes that they will join us in opposing this quick and dirty solution."
Group Calls for New Hearing on Air Toxics Reveals Environmental Agency Skirted State Law
March 12, 2014: Raleigh- Today, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL)
charged that the NC Division of Air Quality has violated state law in pending changes to
the state air toxics standards. BREDL revealed that state employees who were exempted
by Governor McCrory from state personnel protections have been improperly utilized as
hearing officers by the Division of Air Quality. According to the law, exempt employees
cannot serve as hearing officers.
BREDL files Motion to Reopen and Admit New Contention
March 2014: After the Virginia earthquake in 2011, BREDL filed new objections to a third nuke at North Anna. After two-years of additional analysis, Dominion-Virginia Power still seems to be unable to build a new plant without departures, exemptions and variances from federal environmental and safety regulations. The company’s inability to meet standards is at the crux of our motion to reopen the license challenge.
BREDL requests Public Hearing on North Anna Draft VPDES Permit.
March 2014: The League has requested Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality hold a Public Hearing on the Draft VPDES Permit. Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit is a permit that is required to discharge pollutants into surface waters from a point source.
Group Files New Legal Action Against TVA Petition Calls for New Environmental Review of Earthquake Impacts
Feb. 27, 2014: Today the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League filed a legal challenge to require a full federal analysis of storage of irradiated fuel at the Sequoyah and Bellefonte nuclear power plants. The petition demands that NRC do a complete environmental impact statement on the effects of accidents and leakage on public health and environment. The League also filed a challenges at a power plant in Virginia.
Group Files New Legal Action Against North Anna Petition Calls for New Environmental Review of Earthquake Impacts
Feb. 27, 2014: Today the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League filed a legal challenge to require a full federal analysis of storage of irradiated fuel at the North Anna nuclear power plant. The petition demands that NRC do a complete environmental impact statement on the effects of accidents and leakage on public health and environment. The League also filed challenges at two other power plants in Alabama and Tennessee.
The League and 12 other Groups Petition NRC to Suspend Reactor Licensing Decisions at Sequoyah, Bellefonte and North Anna
Feb. 27, 2014: Our motion to stay petitions the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to suspend reactor licensing decisions while the agency considers new information on the environmental impacts of used radioactive fuel storage in reactor pools. This new information was detailed in the Consequence Study of a Beyond-Design-Basis Earthquake Affecting the Spent Fuel Pool for a U.S. Mark I Boiling Water Reactor, Oct. 9, 2013. The NRC Staff found that if even a small fraction of the inventory of the Peach Bottom reactor pool were released to the environment in a severe spent fuel pool accident, an average area of 9,400 square miles would be rendered uninhabitable, and that 4.1 million people would be displaced over the long-term. And the NRC concluded for the first time that the likelihood of spent fuel pool fires could be affected by reactor accidents.
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BREDL's Special 30th Anniversary Edition: Spring 2014 newsletter available online
LINE: BREDL's Special 30th Anniversary Edition Spring 2014
- Cover: BREDL: In the Beginning | BREDL: Today - Coal Ash Disaster on the Dan by Louis Zeller
- BREDL Executive Committee Board Members and Staff Through the Years
- Director's Report: "Go not where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." by Louis Zeller
- Challenging the Nuclear Industry in Tennessee and Alabama by Sandy Kurtz
- People for Clean Mountains, Clean Jobs, and Clean Economy by Hope Janowitz
- The Many Talents of Lou Zeller by Mark Barker and Kate Dunnagan
- The League's First Victory: High-level Nuclear Waste Dump...Stopped by Mark Barker
- BREDL Victory: 13 Year Radioactive Waste Dump Fight by Mark Barker and Kate Dunnagan
- Fighting Asphalt Plants by Michael Noll
- Anatomy of a Win, or How We Beat Fibrowatt II by Betty Tesh
- BREDL Moment: Victory Against ThermalKem Hazardous Waste Incinerator by Therese Vick
- Reflections by NCAP member, Brenda Bevan Remmes
- It Takes a Village to Stop a Biomass Plant by Michael Noll
- Icarus and the Arrival of the Third Solar Age by Michael Noll
Video Montage of No Toxic Trespass - No Fracking Way Tour! Nov. 18 - 21, 2013
Blue Ridge Environmental
Defense League is a regional, community-based,
non-profit environmental organization. Our
founding principles are earth stewardship,
environmental democracy, social justice, and