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Coal Ash


BREDL Coal Ash Campaign

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.


BREDL Demands that Duke Energy cease the dumping of coal ash on the Brickhaven community in Chatham County, NC

Nov. 28, 2015: In a letter to Duke Energy President and Chief Executive Officer Lynn Good, BREDL demands that Duke Energy immediately cease the dumping of coal ash at the Green Meadow, LLC landfill in Brickhaven, North Carolina.

Read BREDL Letter



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 Press Release | Petition



The Dangers of Coal Ash
A Coal Ash Forum

Coal Ash Forum

View Flyer | View Press Advisory



BREDL Comments on draft permits for the
Lee and Chatham County coal ash landfills

May 16, 2015: "The applicant and the Department have failed to address important environmental, public health and safety, and statutory concerns. The permit application is deficient and should be denied."

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Groups Urge North Carolina Department Of Environment And Natural Resources To Nix Duke Energy's Coal Ash Plans

May 19, 2015: Raleigh- Citing incomplete information, flouting of state law, ignoring public health and environmental justice concerns, and lack of compliance reviews mandated by state law, four environmental groups urged the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to deny Duke Energy’s plan to dump up to 20 million tons of dangerous coal ash in Lee and Chatham Counties. Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), NC WARN, Chatham Citizens Against Coal Ash Dump and EnvironmentaLEE filed the comments with DENR as the comment period closed.

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Saltstone DOE Fact Sheet

EPA regulations for coal ash disposal are weak and dumping coal ash into landfills is absolutely wrong! Alternative solutions are needed.

The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has proposed an alternative coal ash disposal method called “Saltstone,” which is developed by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to isolate hazardous waste for safe, permanent storage.

BREDL Fact Sheet



BREDL comments on proposed
Colon and Brickhaven coal ash disposal sites

April 6, 2015: BREDL comments on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 404 permit applications under consideration for the proposed Colon and Brickhaven coal ash disposal sites.

BREDL Comments | % Minority Colon Coal Ash Disposal Site
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Group Launches Radio Ad Campaign Asking Governor McCrory to Stop Duke Energy Coal Ash Dumping Plan

Mar. 10, 2015: Raleigh- Joined by Lee and Chatham County residents, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) announced an ad campaign calling on the Governor to stop Duke Energy’s plan to dump millions of tons of dangerous coal ash into clay mines located in Lee and Chatham counties. The ads, featuring children singing "Ashes, ashes, we all fall down" will run over the next two weeks on News Radio WPTF, 680 AM.

BREDL Press Release
Listen to the Ads: Spot 1 | Spot 2 | Spot 3



Another North Carolina County Targeted for Coal Ash Disposal
Anson County Identified in Duke Energy Excavation Plan

Jan. 14, 2015: Today the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League released new information pointing to a commercial landfill in Anson County for coal ash disposal.  The information, obtained from Duke Energy's Riverbend and Sutton power plant coal ash excavation plans, states that "In the event the structural fill options are not available in Lee or Chatham County, the Anson County Landfill, a permitted solid waste landfill, has been identified as the alternate location."  The plan indicates that coal ash would be transported from the power plants to the landfill by rail.

Read BREDL Press Release



Investigation Points to Statewide Coal Ash Dumps
Should Clay Mines become Dumpsites?

Jan. 9, 2015: Raleigh- Today the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League revealed the locations of clay mines across North Carolina which could be targeted for coal ash disposal if abandoned clay mine dumping is approved by the state. The League generated a map showing nearly a hundred active and inactive clay mines located in over twenty counties, extending from Henderson County in the west to Dare County in the east with many in the piedmont.

Active and Inactive Clay Mines in North Carolina

Read BREDL Press Release | View BREDL Investigative Report



US EPA Fails Communities with Coal Ash Recommendations

Jan. 2015: BREDL releases new fact sheet.

BREDL Fact Sheet



Legislation Sets Up Randolph County to be Coal Ash Dump
Waste Management, Inc. bets on coal ash disposal revenue

Aug. 28, 2014: Raleigh-The proposed Randolph County regional landfill could now be at risk from recent state legislation on the disposal of thousands of tons of coal ash.

Randolph County has chosen Waste Management Inc. to be its contractor to operate the proposed landfill. The county’s operating agreement with the company specifically includes “power generation” residues, or coal ash. BREDL organizer Therese Vick said, “Waste Management is banking on the disposal of coal ash. Randolph County is putting itself at risk to be a dump for the industry’s coal ash problem.” Coal ash contains toxic heavy metals which have caused severe problems at other Subtitle D landfills, Vick added, “Coal ash does not belong in a municipal solid waste landfill.”

BREDL Press Release



BREDL Chapter Person County Pride
Coal Ash Radio Ads

On May 5, Person County PRIDE launched a radio ad campaign to block the dumping of coal ash and contaminated Dan River silt from coming to the Republic Services’ Upper Piedmont Landfill.  Republic plans to bring five million pounds of the toxic mixture from Duke Energy’s Eden coal plant spill to Person County.  On May 8th, the Person County Board of Commissioners and Roxboro City Council will host an informational meeting on coal ash to hear from all sides of the debate. At the meeting, BREDL Executive Director Lou Zeller will detail his findings and alternatives to landfills.  His conclusion, “No community should allow itself to become the industry’s coal scuttle.” 

Press Release | Spot 1 | Spot 2 | Spot 3



Fact Sheet:
"Don't Dump Coal Ash on our Communities"

March 28, 2014: BREDL Fact Sheet



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.

Read BREDL Press Release | View BREDL Technical Report




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."

Read BREDL Press Release