Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

Soil Sampling

BREDL video clips   BREDL's Chapter the Neighborhood Environment Watch [NEW] in Alamance Co, NC gives some tips on soil sampling practices Watch Video

BREDL Timeline

NEW! Browse the Archives on our Interactive Timeline

BREDL Reflections

BREDL video clips    BREDL Reflections
- short videos of BREDL reflections

BREDL Merchandise

BREDL 30th Anniversary Merchandise is now available online at BREDL Shop

BREDL In the News
30th Anniversary

Read The Jefferson Post article: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League turns 30

Read The Mountain Times article: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League turns 30

Read the Watauga Democrat article: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense celebrates 30 years

No Fracking In Stokes

No Trespassing Sign

Hydrofracking: No Trespassing No Seismic Testing Sign to post on your property

No Trespassing Sign

What's All The Fuss About Fracking?

This BREDL report highlights the main issues with hydrofracking. Updated December 2013

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League Fund

Honors Founder

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.

More Details | Donate to Fund

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.

More about this partnership

BREDL Chapters

BREDL welcomes these new chapters:

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

Clean Air

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.

BREDL Comments (includes photos)

Clean Air

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?

BREDL Comments


Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League provides a presentation on fracking in Brevard, NC. Presented by BREDL chapter People for Clean Mountains ( and the Pisgah Chapter of the Sierra Club. Filmed by Michael C. Trufant for CRUNCH Media (

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.

BREDL Fact Sheet

Hydrofracking - Public Event

Fracking in Western North Carolina?
Attend a Public Forum on
the impacts of drilling for natural gas in the mountains

6:30 PM Thursday, June 26, 2014
Transylvania County Library
212 South Gaston Street
Brevard, North Carolina 28712

Louis Zeller, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League Executive Director
Therese Vick, BREDL Sustainable Economic Development Coordinator

Event Flyer | Fracking in Western NC: BREDL Fact Sheet
Are our National Forests at risk?: BREDL Fact Sheet


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.

BREDL Press Release


Fracking 911

June 2014: Fracking 911 - A BREDL Presentation given by Therese Vick at the Pine Hall Fire/Rescue Departments in Stokes County.

View Presentation Document

Global Warming

League Praises EPA Plan to Limit Global Warming

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.

BREDL Press Release



Reduce Radioactive Pollution!

More Details: BREDL Fact Sheet | BREDL Comments

Clean Air | Hydrofracking

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.

BREDL Press Release

Nuclear - Plant Vogtle

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.

Read BREDL Comments

Nuclear - Plant Vogtle

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!

BREDL Fact Sheet | Press Release

BREDL News Scroller

Sign the Petition

Make Radiation Visible Petition

Bellefonte Efficiency & Sustainability Team (BEST) Mothers Against Tennessee River Radiation (MATRR) - Because It Matters

Summer 2014

The League Line: Summer 2014 issue is now available online.

What's the lowdown on nuclear power?

Mad Science

Check out this new book by Joe Mangano: "Mad Science: The Nuclear Power Experiment"

BREDL Fact Sheets

Most Recent:

March 2014: BREDL Fact Sheet: "Don't Dump Coal Ash on our Communities"

Jan. 2014: BREDL Fact Sheet - Nuclear Power $$$ - Higher electric rates for you, lower taxes and higher dividends for the power company

Toxic chemicals at Hyde Park - A Fact Sheet on Human Health Hazards

Oct. 2013: BREDL Fact Sheet - Split Estates and Property Rights - What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Sept. 2013: BREDL Fact Sheet - Duke Plans to Increase Toxic Air Pollution at Richmond County Turbines

April 2013: BREDL Fact Sheet - (no)waste confidence! Nuclear Waste Rule

April 2013: BREDL Fact Sheet - Penrose Biomass Technology proposed near Brevard, NC

March 2013: BREDL Fact Sheet - North Star Jefferson biomass and tire burner proposed for Wadley, Georgia

More Fact Sheets:

A chronological list of Fact Sheets can be found on our
BREDL Fact Sheets page.

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.


Social Connection

The League Line

BREDL's Summer 2014 newsletter available online

The LEAGUE LINE: Summer 2014

- 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
Summer 2014
- 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

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 community empowerment.