Since there are several candidates for public office in Delaware connected to the Green Party of Delaware (http://gpde.us/), it seems useful to point out that Green Delaware has no connections to the GPDE. We are an advocacy group; GPDE is a political party.
In an earlier post we promised these comments last week. Apologies for the delay. The matter is complex for us because it involves not only the merits of the “Green Recovery Technologies” application itself, but the manner in which enforcement of the Coastal Zone Act has been largely rendered (notice pun) into a farce.
Our comments are in the record. We concluded that
“Green Delaware does not oppose further processing of wastewater treatment sludge from poultry slaughtering operations. It is possible that such could be desirable. But the GRT application has innumerable fatal defects. The DNREC should deny the requested CZA permit.”
First, the old reliable stinker, alias Senator Tom Carper.
The fate of the Keystone XL pipeline has become a fight of great substantive and symbolic significance to those concerned about climate change. And, as we keep writing, Delaware is the lowest lying US state and mega-vulnerable to the effects of global warming–especially sea level rise. Thus, Delaware pols should be leaders in the effort to limit climate change. Obviously most are not. Especially, Tom Carper isn’t. Continue reading
Updated Thursday, November 13, 2014.
Some documents in this matter are posted by the DNREC at this location.
Other documents obtained by Green Delaware are linked here (work in progress).
This is the most recent DNREC reply to our Freedom of Information Act requests:
And here are some valuable comments provided by the Delaware Audubon Society:
Below is some email correspondence between Green Delaware and the Delaware DNREC: We will add to it as it develops.
Is there any end to it …?
(Note: We get that this might seem trivial compared to the giant oil and gas facilities being shoved into Delaware. More upcoming on those. But if we can’t enforce our environmental laws on smaller projects, how can we expect to enforce them on big ones?)
No permit (yet) but the poultry waste plant already built. Who are they kidding? (US)
Skids greased for polluters but public participation curtailed
Readers will know that Peninsula Composting has been ordered to shut down. The facility is supposed to be clearing out its existing materials. Neither Peninsula nor DNREC have been returning phone calls, so we can’t tell you a lot more.
We’ve worked up a description of how the situation developed and what went wrong. There’s is plenty of blame to spread around. This grew to three thousand words, so we decided not to email it. Read it here:
Update on the Big Stink from Peninsula Compost (“Wilmington Organics Recycling Center”)
Treating people worse than garbage in Delaware?
Amy Roe, Conservation Chair of the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club, posted this on Facebook:
“Why does everything happen on the same night? The evening of November 5th is the UD strategic plan community meeting (Newark), DNREC’s listening session on greenhouse gas rules (Dover), Protecting Our Indian River’s environmental justice forum (Millsboro), and the listening session for the Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning (Lewes). And why does DNREC hold listening sessions on two important issues on the very same night (and in 2 different counties)?”
Comment: Good explanation of why “voter suppression” is a key Republican political tactic and why “… one of the most radical things you could do [on Nov 4, 2014] is vote.”
Low election turnout perpetuates income inequality and social injustice
The official notice is below.
Green Delaware Comments:
The “Clean Power Plan,” formally two proposals released in June by the EPA for public comment, is extremely complicated and hard to fully understand. So much so that regulatory agencies, advocacy orgs, and others who have studied it at great length are not entirely sure what it all means. States have a great deal of flexibility in complying with the proposed requirements, whatever they turn out to be. Continue reading
Treating the people like garbage in Delaware?
Our previous comments on this matter may have had some effect, but we don’t know what the Markell administration intends to do, and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) secretary David Small did not return a call (We didn’t really expect him to, because we know him, but we tried.).
We’ve had some long conversations with people in the industry, and studied the transcript of the public hearing, and talked with people in various parts of Delaware’s environmental regulatory agency (DNREC). We draw on our 20 years experience with environmental controversy in Delaware. Continue reading