In Our Backyard Podcast

In Our Backyard Podcast

By Jenn Galler
This is Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League's (BREDL) Podcast where we will be discussing environmental issues that are right in our backyards. Topics will include coal plants, fracking, pipelines, and much more. This will take a deep dive into these topics and talk with people who are on the ground fighting for the health and safety of their communities as well as to protect the planet.
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7. Dangers of Coal Ash and How NC Citizens Fought Against It
This episode I talk with Al and Debbie who are co-chairs of Northampton County Citizens Against Coal Ash Chapter. We start by talking about the current coal ash dumps and their effects in their rural community and then how they fought a proposed 850+ acre coal ash dump from coming in by an investor called Vista Green. We talk about the dangers of coal ash, the significance of county-wide zoning, educating the public about coal and dirty jobs, water testing, and how they are now staying active as a chapter to fight any future problem that may arise in their county. Contact and connect with Debbie and Al: chemdeb@embarqmail.com or aw6kwas@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/Northampton-County-Citizens-Against-Coal-Ash-1630601693623955/ Articles on Northampton County Coal Ash: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2018/08/10/local-officials-residents-deal-setback-to-proposed-coal-ash-storage-site-in-northampton-county/ https://www.roanoke-chowannewsherald.com/2017/03/13/coal-ash-sites-are-no-stranger-to-nhampton/ Dangers of coal ash: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/21/us/coal-ash-spill-dam-breach.html https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/the-danger-of-coal-ash-the-toxic-dust-the-fossil-fuel-leaves-behind https://www.epa.gov/coalash/coal-ash-basics Kingston Coal Ash Spill: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/02/coal-other-dark-side-toxic-ash/ https://www.nrdc.org/stories/hundreds-workers-who-cleaned-countrys-worst-coal-ash-spill-are-now-sick-and-dying https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/2019/02/05/kingston-coal-ash-spill-timeline-lawsuit/2767409002/ Background Music Credits: https://www.youtube.com/c/mbbmusic https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial https://www.instagram.com/mbb_music
20:12
March 27, 2020
6. Stop The New Nuclear Arms Race
This episode I talk with Ralph Hutchinson who is the coordinator of The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance. OREPA is committed to nonviolence and believes in using every tool in the toolbox. Their main focus is stopping nuclear weapons production at the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and protecting the environment threatened by legacy and ongoing activities at the Oak Ridge Nuclear Reservation. We discuss background on Y12 and Oak Ridge, the dangers of nuclear weapons productions, the environmental impacts of the nuclear weapon chain, how we are in a new nuclear arms race, getting to the base of why these nuclear weapons are being invested in and made, and then what you can do to get involved. Contact and connect with Ralph:  orep@earthlink.net or https://orepa.org/ Register or learn more about Stop The New Nuclear Arms Race event: https://orepa.org/stop-the-new-nuclear-arms-race-registration-open/ President Trump’s 2020 Budget for Uranium Processing Facilities: https://www.energy.gov/nnsa/budget https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/10/us/politics/trump-budget-nuclear-missiles.html Universities who are investing or engaging in nuclear weapons: https://www.icanw.org/us_universities_are_complicit_in_nuclear_weapons_production_new_ican_report_reveals Articles on the dangers of Nuclear Weapons: https://futureoflife.org/background/the-risk-of-nuclear-weapons/?cn-reloaded=1 https://www.nap.edu/read/11282/chapter/8#77 Background Music Credits: https://www.youtube.com/c/mbbmusic https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial https://www.instagram.com/mbb_music
25:21
March 20, 2020
5. No Snow Camp Mine! Spread The Word
This episode I talk with Jane Lea Hicks who is a founding member of the No Snow Camp Mine Chapter. Snow Camp is a small community in Alamance County and the concern is that the County approved an intent-to-construct permit that was submitted for a crushed stone quarry on over 344 acres in the middle of Snow Camp. Crushed stone is produced by mining a suitable rock deposit- which in this case is the quarry and breaking the removed rock down to the desired size using crushers. The land for the quarry had been purchased by Snow Camp Property Investments, LLC. After the residents found out about the permit, the No Snow Camp Mine Chapter formed and is a group of concerned residents are working to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their small North Carolina community. We discuss the issues of this proposed quarry, who is investing in the project, the environmental and health effects to the community, and other major concerns with this proposed project. We talk about what the No Snow Camp Mine has done to fight against this and what you all can do to get involved. Learn more about No Snow Camp Mine Chapter: https://sites.google.com/view/nosnowcampmine/home/what-is-the-mine?authuser=0 Sign the No Snow Camp Mine Petition: https://www.change.org/p/all-concerned-citizens-tell-the-deq-to-deny-the-state-mining-permit-for-alamance-aggregates-f63258ef-d1a7-41b6-a42f-f2eeeeb8a5f9?recruiter=921828469&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&recruited_by_id=d2309c30-fa32-11e8-b7d2-bfe0a424d62b Alamance County Health Department on Air Quality and Asthma: https://www.alamance-nc.com/envhealth/program-areas/air-quality-and-asthma/ Dangers of pipelines near mining operations: https://thecostofthepipeline.com/2015/03/02/flammable-gas-pipelines-and-quarries-a-match-made-in-heaven-am-i-right/ https://www-bostonglobe-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/01/18/west-roxbury-residents-decry-planned-natural-gas-line-near-blasting-quarry/o4MkVnbId42e7YHNifN4EK/amp.html?usqp=mq331AQCCAE%3D&amp_js_v=0.1#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s Potential Impact Radius and Immediate Ignition Impact Zone for liquefied gases: The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) provides instructions for calculating the PIR of a methane natural gas pipeline.  Background Music Credits: https://www.youtube.com/c/mbbmusic https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial https://www.instagram.com/mbb_music
24:13
March 13, 2020
4. Understanding PFAS and How You Are Probably Drinking It
This episode I talk with Greg Barnes, who is an investigative journalist with NC Health News. Greg has been instrumental in exposing problems with regulating PFAS and 1,4 dioxane. He breaks down the importance / dangers of PFAS, and how industries have been using them since the 40's but there are now increasingly high levels in North Carolina water systems causing adverse health effects. We also talk about another chemical 1,4 dioxane and how that is also showing up in the water. These chemicals are very persistent in the environment and in the human body – meaning they don’t break down and they can accumulate over time. We discuss ways we can protect ourselves and hold industries accountable for these chemicals. EPA PFAS definition: PFAS are a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and an estimated 5,000 types of PFAS. PFAS can be found in everything from Teflon pans to raincoats to food packaging and dental floss just to name a few. How to contact and connect with Greg: gregbarnes401@gmail.com or northcarolinahealthnews.org Read all of Greg’s stories here: https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/author/gregbarnes/ https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2020/02/03/new-deq-data-show-high-levels-of-pfas-in-cape-fear-river-basin/ EPA PFAS page: https://www.epa.gov/pfas/basic-information-pfas Check out your State’s PFAS levels: https://www.epa.gov/pfas/us-state-resources-about-pfas https://www.nrdc.org/experts/anna-reade/epa-yet-again-fails-set-health-protective-levels-pfas Reverse osmosis Filtration systems: https://www.homedepot.com/b/Kitchen-Water-Filters-Water-Filtration-Systems-Reverse-Osmosis-Systems/N-5yc1vZcdb1 Background Music Credits: https://www.youtube.com/c/mbbmusic https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial https://www.instagram.com/mbb_music
18:03
March 6, 2020
3. A Polluting Textile Mill And More: Taking A Closer Look At Rabun Gap, GA
This episode I have a conversation with Cherie and Tom who are founding members of the Rabun Gap Chapter in Rabun Gap, GA. We discuss the multitude of environmental justice issues that are happening in the Appalachian community. The main issue we discuss is Rabun Apparel which is a textile mill containing heavy contamination. We also talk about a biomass plant and improper agricultural practices along with the textile mill that are causing terrible health and environmental effects such as dirty drinking water, chemical and river pollution, cancer clusters, and more. We look into what strategies they are taking and how they are pivoting and expanding their mission across multiple states in the Southeast that are also being affected.  How to contact and connect with Rabun Gap Chapter: Cherie’s contact information: csfaircloth29@gmail.com, 706.490.2108 FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Rabun-Gap-Chapter-Of-The-Blue-Ridge-Environmental-Defense-League-110988260281858/ Press releases on Rabun Gap’s work: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1fY-AL4ol-ZnfnwRSwz8jcYh6qO6yAnwB 2018 Monitoring Report:  Environmental News: CNBC article about JPMorgan ending loans/funding to coal: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/25/jpmorgan-says-it-will-fund-200-billion-in-sustainable-deals-this-year.html?fbclid=IwAR2x2KhufaUVKQ0Yr5x1_AVhMy1KzSbv4Kn1n35ZzGnWb4GU4rS2iKeM26w Always check out what’s happening with BREDL at BREDL.org Background music credits: https://www.youtube.com/c/mbbmusic https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial https://www.instagram.com/mbb_music
22:22
February 28, 2020
2. UNC... Has A Coal Plant On Campus?
This episode I have a conversation with Elizabeth O’Nan, chair of Chapel Hill Organization for Clean Energy (CHOCE). We talk about The University of North Carolina’s reliance on coal as an energy source, what ‘clean’ energy means, how CHOCE is taking action, and what sets CHOCE apart from other organizations fighting this coal plant. Links to all the articles we referenced:   https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2020/01/coal-lawsuit-0107 https://youtu.be/hqD_qdoPFy8 https://www.ecowatch.com/air-pollution-cardiac-arrests-2644941669.html?fbclid=IwAR3d4xIFvhMUYlVKksPocBj9iuUaj9IjGvwIlL5kV_0KufNlqEPEZB3JtCM https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/28/health/air-pollution-heart-disease-study/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2dsOAfBiNS3qarGPcNjH1JQQETV1SCOtvR1Cyvy8vBUpc2sS0WJlcMeDg https://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsroom/releases/2019/december18/index.cfm?fbclid=IwAR2erjqSBJhAS3t1jem_aI-ssLFR62bE8q820VcC7EG6g01qVLQM2FdzGqo To contact the CHOCE chapter: chocenc@gmail.com or 828.655.0376 CHOCE FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CHOCE/ Always check out what’s happening with BREDL at BREDL.org Background Music Credits: https://www.youtube.com/c/mbbmusic https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial https://www.instagram.com/mbb_music
23:28
February 21, 2020
1. Who Is BREDL / What We Do / Where We Operate
This episode will explain what Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) does and how we operate as an organization. For more information and see if there is a chapter near you check out BREDL.org  Background Music Credits: https://www.youtube.com/c/mbbmusic https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial https://www.instagram.com/mbb_music
04:51
February 14, 2020
Welcome to In Our Backyard Podcast
Welcome to In Our Backyard Podcast this is Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League's new podcast where we will be discussing environmental concerns and topics that are right in our backyards.  I’ll dive deep into these environmental issues that communities all over the Southeast and nationally are fighting such as coal plants, pipelines, nuclear waste, fracking and more. I’ll be bringing you interviews from experts / activists / and people on the ground who are fighting for both the health and safety of their community and protection of the planet. I’ll also be updating you on national environmental topics as they come up and discuss what we can do to engage and hold others accountable. Tune in every Friday for a new episode wherever you listen to podcasts!  Learn more about Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League at BREDL.org  Background Music Credits: https://www.youtube.com/c/mbbmusic https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial https://www.instagram.com/mbb_music
00:56
February 7, 2020