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.
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!
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
BREDL comments on draft permit for the Richmond County Duke Energy Progress Combustion Turbine Facility
The negative impacts of the Duke Energy Progress fossil fuel power plant in Hamlet, NC, on health, livelihood and well-being of local residents require immediate attention. The Richmond power plant is located in a county with a high percentage of African American residents and a high number of people below poverty level. Environmental justice law indicates that the disproportionate impacts of air pollution should be offset by greater attention to pollution sources and the reduction of air pollution wherever possible.
Piedmont Natural Gas Wadesboro Compressor Station permit
The Piedmont Natural Gas compressor station is located in Wadesboro, North Carolina. Power for the compressor is provided by eight internal combustion engines, each rated at 4,735 hp. Annual emissions of CO2e are 203 thousand tons per year, plus over 8 tons of formaldehyde and other pollutants. Why would anyone believe that natural gas is a substitute for other fossil fuels?
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League provides a presentation on fracking in Brevard, NC. Presented by BREDL chapter People for Clean Mountains (www.peopleforcleanmountains.org) and the Pisgah Chapter of the Sierra Club. Filmed by Michael C. Trufant for CRUNCH Media (www.crunch-media.com).
LOCAL ORDINANCES What North Carolina Counties Can Do to Protect Residents from Polluting Industries
North Carolina law grants authority to all counties the power to adopt ordinances under NC General Statute § 153A-121. This is also referred to as the counties’ police power. Recent legislation approved by the NC General Assembly alters but does not end this power.
34 Groups Call for Resignation of Nuclear Regulatory Commission's William Magwood
Commissioner Magwood failed to recuse himself on key votes.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 18, 2014 – Today a broad coalition of 34 public interest groups
called upon Commissioner William D. Magwood to resign from his position on the United States
Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The groups cited his recent taking of a job promoting nuclear
power while serving on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as the cause.
June 2, 2014: Today, with the announcement of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's new plan to limit global warming, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League issued a statement praising the move as a giant step forward.
Legislation Cuts Air Monitoring Sites - Lee County Baseline Fracking Air Monitor in Danger
Group Says Bill is an Attack on Communities
May 22, 2014: Raleigh- Yesterday, the North Carolina Senate passed S734, which will seriously diminish the
state’s ambient monitoring network. If it becomes law, the bill will require the Division of Air
Quality to take any ambient monitor not required by the Environmental Protection Agency offline
by September 1, 2014. Additionally, the Lee County monitoring station, set up in 2013 to do
baseline monitoring of the air prior to any hydraulic fracturing activities, may be on the list.
Industrial Surface Water Withdrawal Permit No. 017-0191-11
Vogtle Electric Generating Plant Units 3 & 4, Burke Co., GA
May 15, 2014: Georgia EPD's inclusion of mitigation in a water withdrawal permit is the wrong measure in the wrong place. Proper consideration of such measures is the province of an NPDES waste water discharge permit, which has been applied for but not released by EPD. We believe it would be unfair and contrary to the law if NPDES mitigation measures were allowed through the back door of a water withdrawal permit instead of a discharge permit, the proper place to consider chemical and thermal discharges to waters of the United States.
Public Hearing to Discuss Massive Water Withdrawal Permit from the Savannah River for New Vogtle Nuclear Reactors
May 8, 2014: The Georgia Environmental Protection Division is considering a massive surface water withdrawal permit request from Southern Nuclear Operating Company for the two new Vogtle reactors under construction near Waynesboro, Georgia. The reactors, which could operate for 60 or more years, could withdraw up to 74 million gallons of water per day from the river. Nuclear power plants are water hogs!
Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world.
View the video.
- Cover: Will Fracking Come to Western North Carolina? Time to Take Action! by Louis Zeller
- BREDL Board of Directors Celebrate 30 Years of Grassroots Action by Kate Dunnagan
- Director's Report: Declarations of Justice by Louis Zeller
- Municipal Solid Waste Landfills are No Place for Coal Ash! by Therese Vick
- Water Hogs by Louis Zeller
- Duke University Stanback Internship Program
- Chapter Update: BEST/MATRR
- BREDL Receives $100,000 in Foundation Funding Awards by Kate Dunnagan
- Save Linville Gorge Wilderness Chapter initiatives by Lonnie and Sue Crotts
- Keeping a Watchful Eye On Savannah River Site by Rev. Charles Utley
- Interview Reflection in Lee County by Intern Shengyuan Su
BREDL's Chapter the Neighborhood Environment Watch [NEW] in Alamance Co, NC gives some tips on soil sampling practices
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Defense League is a regional, community-based,
non-profit environmental organization. Our
founding principles are earth stewardship,
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