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
Clean Air - Asphalt Plants
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.
League Demands that the FERC Extend Comment Period Hold Additional Public Hearings
June 18, 2015: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) made a specific demand to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in its comments on Wednesday, June 16, the stated deadline for the FERC public comment period. The organization made it clear in their comments that the FERC needs to offer additional public hearings and a 90-day extension of the scoping comment deadline regarding the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).
BREDL Comments to FERC regarding Mountain Valley Pipeline EIS
June 16, 2015: The pipeline projects outlined in this pre-filing docket represent a massive assault on the environment and the communities along the proposed routes. Moreover, the impacts of extraction, transport and combustion of the fossil fuel which natural gas is will add to the devastating impacts of fossil fuel extraction, transportation and utilization on the entire planet.
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."
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.
Pipeline? No! by Wiregrass Activists for Clean Energy (WACE) - This video is just one of may tools WACE has created over the past couple of months (billboard on I-75, yard signs, flyers, panel discussions, tables at events, radio shows, etc.) to help residents of Alabama, Georgia and Florida in their fight against an insane pipeline project that in the end can only benefit the very few exporting natural gas to Europe and Asia ... because we are witnessing a solar energy revolution unfold in the Southeast that will make natural gas even less attractive than it already is, and not just because of its connection to fracking. http://www.wiregrass-ace.org/
Safeguard America's Resources
BREDL comments to FERC on Mountain Valley Pipeline
May 7, 2015: The Mountain Valley Pipeline would be a massive assault on the environment and the communities along the proposed routes. Our members live along those routes. The impacts of extraction, transport and combustion of the fossil fuel which is natural gas would have devastating impacts on local communities, on Virginia, on the nation and, indeed, on the entire planet. Therefore, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League is calling for community veto of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
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.
The League Line: Summer 2015 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?
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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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