BREDL Job Opening: Fundraiser/Development Director

Jan. 19, 2022: BREDL is searching for an environmentally conscious fundraiser/development director to establish relationships with major donors, implement fundraising plans to help the organization receive necessary financial support.

BREDL comments on DOE's consent-based siting and federal interim storage

Mar. 07, 2022: Working in communities in the Southeast since 1984, we are well aware of radioactive waste initiatives going out to potential waste dump communities. The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League was founded because of one such program, the DOE's Crystalline Repository Project and interim Monitored Retrievable Storage Site. We have continually opposed such radioactive waste dumps wherever they are proposed, including Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Likewise, we oppose so-called consolidated interim storage schemes.

For decades, the transfer of liability from private hands to public entities has been the underlying factor driving nuclear waste site legislation. The assumption of this liability by the people via a government agency is a transfer of wealth from poor to rich. Therefore, we see no just application of informed consent to the imposition of a nuclear waste legacy lasting millennia.

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BREDL letter to President Biden regarding U.S. Nuclear Posture Review and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Jan. 22, 2022: BREDL requests President Biden to take action to have the U.S. adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to make the treaty a core element of his administration's upcoming Nuclear Posture Review.

BREDL comments on EPA's draft Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2022 to 2026

Nov. 12, 2021: Fundamentally, civil rights are guarantees by the government that it will treat people equally, with a principal focus on groups of people who have been denied the same rights and opportunities as others. Pollution of the air, water and soil has historically been a burden disproportionately placed on certain groups. This is unfair, unjust and unacceptable.

Ground and Surface Water Monitoring Reports Reveal that Forever Chemical 1,4 Dioxane Contamination at Construction and Demolition Landfills is widespread

Oct. 11, 2021: A review of ground and surface water monitoring reports submitted to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) by construction and demolition (CDLF) landfills shows that 1,4 dioxane has been found in ground and/or surface water at most sites. Of the over 50 facilities reviewed, over 40 show varying levels of 1,4 dioxane.

It has also been detected in leachate from some of these facilities. Dioxane is an unregulated "forever" chemical and a likely carcinogen.

BREDL - Eminent Justice: How a pipeline was cancelled

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League staff and chapter members talk about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline fight. The Dominion Energy and Duke Energy ACP was approved in 2014. Had it been constructed, it would have traversed 550 miles from West Virginia through Virginia to North Carolina. The pipeline companies cancelled the project on July 5, 2020.

A free online PUBLIC FORUM on natural gas pipelines in South Carolina.

This forum was held on Feb. 27, 2021.

Rev. Charles Utley, Forum Moderator
Featuring Guest Speakers:
Christopher Covington, multi-generation landowner, Pamplico SC
Rebekah Sale, Executive Director, Property Rights and Pipeline Center
Shelley Robbins, Energy and State Policy Director, Upstate Forever

Winter 2022 issue

Winter 2022

The League Line: Winter 2022 issue is now available online.

- Cover: Virginia air board denies permit for MVP Southgate compressor station - MVP appeals decision by Mark Barker
- Director's Report: The people of Pamplico, South Carolina must rise up and fight Dominion Energy by Kathy Andrews
- Unity and support makes a difference for the needs of our communities by Charles Utley, BREDL Associate Director
- The 1,4 Dioxane Dilemma continues... by Therese Vick
- Update and next steps on Mountain Valley Pipeline by Ann Rogers - "It took a while, but in the end we won." by Lou Zeller, BREDL Strategic Advisor
- Ways to raise money for your chapter

BREDL welcomes these new chapters

Coalition for a Clean Dan River Region (Pittsylvania Co., VA) - September 2021

Randolph Individuals Saving the Environment (Randolph Co., NC) - September 2021

Pamplico Defense League (Pamplico, Florence Co., SC) - August 2021

Unicoi Clear (Unicoi Co., TN) - January 2021

Find a chapter near you

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.

View BREDL Technical Report



Report on Air and Noise Pollution Reveals Fatal Flaws in Permit for Proposed Buckingham Compressor Station
Dec. 14, 2016: The report, subtitled “Unfair, Illegal and Unjust,” concludes that the Buckingham County Planning Commission failed with respect to its legal obligation to ensure that the facility does not have a disproportionate impact on Buckingham’s African American community.

Noise from Mountain View Speedway Harmful to Boone Quality of Life
Jan. 21, 2016: The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League released a report on sound pollution and called on the Town of Boone to protect residents from excessive levels of noise from stock car races at the newly opened auto speedway on Roby Green Road. The report, "Noisy Neighbors–Sound Pollution in the High Country", reveals the hazards to mental and physical well-being of residents in neighborhoods near the track.

More Reports:

A list of our reports can be found on our BREDL Reports page.

Fact Sheets

Aug. 26, 2019: BREDL Fact Sheet on Versatile Test Reactors.

Updated Aug 2016 BREDL Fact Sheet - Proposed Buckingham Compressor Station, Buckingham County, VA

May 2016: BREDL Unequal Protection Fact Sheet The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Discriminatory Laws & Regulations

April 2016 BREDL Fact Sheet - Small Modular Reactors

Sept. 2015 BREDL Fact Sheet - Appalachian Materials, LLC Proposed Asphalt Plant in Glendale Springs, NC.

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

More Fact Sheets:

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

Educational Tools

Salisbury Health Study
Download the Powerpoint Presentation

Bucket Brigade
Download the Powerpoint Presentation

Statistics for Action
Statistics for Action website

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.