Titanium Dioxide as a carcinogen?


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DuPont is/was one of the major makers of this stuff and the former DuPont Edge Moor plant made a lot of it.

Reminder: DNREC public hearing on water tank sandblasting lead paint regulation–July 12.

Here’s the official public notice:

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will conduct a public hearing on proposed amendments to Delaware air regulations 7 DE Admin. Code 1101 and 1102 and a proposed source category permit.

This action will revise Section 15.0 of Appendix A of 7 DE Admin. Code 1102 to qualify that outdoor dry abrasive blasting of water tanks with lead-containing coatings are no longer exempt from obtaining a permit, add certain supporting definitions to 7 DE Admin. Code 1101, and approve a source category permit for dry abrasive blasting for removal of lead-containing coatings from outdoor water tanks.

The proposed regulatory amendments and copies of the source category permit are available for public review at the Department’s offices at 715 Grantham Lane in New Castle, DE and 100 West Water Street, Suite 6A in Dover, DE. They also will be available in the June 1, 2018 edition of the Delaware Register of Regulations at http://regulations.delaware.gov/services/register.shtml.

The proposed source category permit will be in the General Notices section. Please contact David Fees at (302) 739-9402 to make an appointment to inspect these documents.

There will be a hearing on this proposed amendment on July 12, 2018 beginning at 6pm at the Kent County Levy Court, 555 S. Bay Road, Room 220, Dover, DE 19901. Interested parties may present oral or written comments regarding the proposed changes at the public hearing or in writing to David Fees, Division of Air Quality, DNREC, State Street Commons, 100 West Water Street, Suite 6A, Dover, DE 19904, or by email to david.fees@state.de.us. The hearing record will remain open until July 27, 2018.

Here are detailed comments submitted by Sarah and Amy.

Here are Green Delaware’s initial comments:

July 12, 2018
Lisa Vest, Hearing Officer

Dear Lisa:

I’m directing this to you on the assumption that you are the Hearing Officer in the subject matter.  If this is not correct, please advise.

Green Delaware will have some comments of our own, but at this point we wish to endorse entirely the comments submitted by Amy Roe and Sarah Bucic and dated July 12, 2018.

Said comments are attached to this email and incorporated, in full, by reference.  Please so place them in the record.

Exposure to lead is a serious public hazard in various ways, a key effect being a lifelong reduction in intellectual capacity.

One may suspect, then, that lead exposures may be playing a role in increasing the number of trump voters, an effect difficult to confirm or quantify, but obviously undesirable.

I would like to receive a copy of the transcript before submitting Green Delaware’s final comments on July 27th.  Therefore I request it as soon as possible.

Respectfully submitted,


Alan Muller
Executive Director, Green Delaware


July 9, 2018 is a Code Orange bad air day. Submit comments.

Try not to breathe, but support DNREC petitions to EPA

July 9, 2018 is an official Code Orange bad air day in Delaware. Bad air days occur often in Delaware, for example June 30th, July 2nd, and today, July 9th. Tomorrow, July 10th, may also be an official bad air day.

A Code Orange bad air day for ozone is also likely to be at least a Code Yellow bad air day for particulates (PM2.5). Frequently the combination of ozone, particles, heat, humidity, and allergens (pollen) make Delaware very unhealthy. Continue reading

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lead paint bill needs attention

In the Delaware State News

Jun 27th, 2018

As we approach the end of the legislative session many bills compete for attention in the limited time remaining.

One that truly deserves the support of all is HB 456, banning use of lead paint in Delaware. Many don’t realize that lead paints can still be used except in residential settings and (supposedly) on toys, etc.

Probably most of us DO know that lead is very harmful to health, that exposure to lead dumbs down our kids. And, that there is “no safe level” of exposure.

Banning lead paints is a no-brainer, and many responsible paint makers have already stopped including lead in their products.

We hope all members of the General Assembly, of either party, will actively support getting House Bill 456 passed by both houses, without troublesome amendments, before end of session.

And, thanks to Sarah Bucic and Amy Roe for their leadership on this issue.

Alan Muller
Executive Director
Green Delaware

Note:  This bill has been approved unanimously by the House and Senate.  Great work by Sara Bucic, Amy Roe, and many others.

Communicating with Green Delaware, or any other org or movement (some more thoughts)

When Green Delaware got started in the mid-90s, we used email and worried about reaching people who didn’t have it.  We sent out lots of faxes.  We started up a website, now in its 3rd generation as a WordPress blog (greendel.org).

Times have changed.  Everybody is presumed, rightly or not, to have email.  (Our emails go out in about equal proportions to a Yahoo group and to a “Mailchimp” list.)  Fax is long gone.  Sometimes it seems that email is fading out in favor of various ways of “messaging.”

“Social media” is here in spades, facebook and twitter seeming dominant.   We have a facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/greendel.org/), a facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/greendel/), and a Twitter account (@GreenDelaware).  In Facebook World, “pages” are considered to be more for announcements and “groups” are more for interactive discussion.  Do we really need both?

Probably the biggest downside of “social media” is that these are private businesses where there is no right of free speech.  They are run, essentially, to sell advertising.  They can shut you down any time they feel like it.

All these different ways of communicating are excessively time-consuming.  We’d like some feedback on priorities.   You can “like” the facebook page; you can “join” the facebook group; you can “follow” the Twitter account.  You can subscribe to our email list.  You can ignore all this social media and continue to get (fewer) emails. 

(See links on greendel.org)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Congressional delegation letting Delaware down

Delaware State News,

It would be hard to exaggerate the poor representation the people of Delaware — as opposed to special interests — have in the U.S. Congress, but recent episodes might shed light on this ugly reality:

It became apparent that Sen. Chris Coons was the only Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee not opposing the confirmation of CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. Green Delaware issued an action alert asking people to contact Coons about this. Coons responded with a press release saying “I will oppose [CIA] Director Pompeo’s nomination in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday,” correctly reciting various reasons the man is unsuitable to be Secretary of State. Continue reading

Air Pollution alert for Wednesday May 2nd

Delaware’s first major “ozone season” air pollution alert has been issued for tomorrow:

Wednesday, May 2nd, will be a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Delaware!

An early season air quality event is underway across the northern Mid-Atlantic region. Ozone has risen dramatically on Tuesday, much faster than expected, given the still relatively low temperatures by summer standards. The air mass in place appears to be quite polluted, with dilute smoke present from fires burning upwind across the southeastern U.S., which is fueling ozone formation. Wednesday will be warmer than Tuesday, with temperatures reaching into the mid-80s °F. Humidity will remain quite low, with clear skies allowing strong May solar radiation to promote rapid ozone formation. The only potentially limiting factor is breezy afternoon winds, but given the other ozone-conducive conditions in place, the uptick in afternoon atmospheric mixing is not expected to be enough to prevent daily ozone from reaching the Code Orange range. For more information about the air quality alerts and what you can do to reduce air pollution, check out the following website:

http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/AQI/Pages/AQIForecast.aspx A Code Orange air quality forecast for ozone is a level of pollution that can be unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as young children, the elderly, and those with heart and/or respiratory conditions. Such persons should limit outdoor activities, especially those that require a high level of exertion. Any health related questions should be directed to the Division of Public Health at 302-739-6619. All other questions should be directed to the Division of Air Quality at 302-739-9402-

-This message was brought to you by the Division of Air Quality, DNREC.

Note that the forecast for particles is Code Yellow and  your health will be affected by the combination of these two pollutants, while the official alert system considers only the highest  one.  So in terms of likely health effects, Green Delaware would call this Code Red (unhealthy for everybody).  See more info.

Also note that the EPA Airnow site shows that almost the entire Delmarva Peninsula is already Code Orange today (Tuesday), while the State of Delaware monitors are showing Code Green.  This is odd because the state monitors are supposed to be the source of the Airnow data.  (Things may have changed by the time you see the information.)  This national map seems to be showing the Delmarva Peninsula as the largest high-ozone area in the US.

Air quality is likely to be bad for the next few days:

Extended Forecast:
Another day of USG [Unheathy for Sensitive Groups] ozone is possible on Thursday. The same air mass will be in place, and skies will remain mostly sunny. Humidity will be on the increase, however, which may make enough of a difference to drop ozone back into the Moderate range. More clouds are expected on Friday ahead of an approaching cold front, likely limiting ozone to the Moderate range. Moderate particle air quality will linger until Saturday, after the cold front passes through the state.

It’s also worth noting that ozone forecasting is seasonal and begins on May 1st.  Thus, the first day of the season in Delaware has been a real “opener.”

Please take care of your health and urge “your” elected officials to support cleaner air!  With the federal government in the hands of crooks, liars, and polluters, only local action is likely in the near term.

Also:  For those receiving Green Delaware emails via yahoogroups, this service has become increasingly unreliable in recent months, and messages are often delayed.  Many longtime yahoogroups users are moving to something else.  Any thoughts or suggestions on this would be appreciated.


Update: Coons issues presser saying he will oppose Pompeo…


CONTACT: Sean Coit at 202-224-5042 or sean_coit@coons.senate.gov

 Senator Coons announces opposition to Pompeo nomination

Sen. Coons: “I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will embolden, rather than moderate or restrain President Trump’s most belligerent and dangerous instincts.”

WILMINGTON, DE — U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced today that he will oppose CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to serve as Secretary of State.

“After careful consideration, I have decided that I will oppose CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to become Secretary of State.”

“While I respect his background of military and public service and am encouraged by his stated commitment to our diplomatic corps, I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will embolden, rather than moderate or restrain, President Trump’s most belligerent and dangerous instincts.”

“I do not make this decision lightly or without reservations.  I am convinced Director Pompeo would be a strong advocate for the career professionals of the State Department and that he would repair some of the damage that vacancies and budget uncertainties have created over the past eighteen months. He is also knowledgeable and clear-eyed about the diplomatic and security challenges we face around the world.”

 “However, I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will not challenge the President in critical moments.  On vital decisions facing our country, Director Pompeo seems less concerned with rule of law and partnership with our allies and more inclined to emphasize unilateral action and the use of force.”

 “Finally, Director Pompeo’s past statements as a Congressman and candidate on a range of issues give me great concern since the role of Secretary of State is in part to speak for all Americans on issues of our shared values to rest of the world.”

 “Given these reasons, I will oppose Director Pompeo’s nomination in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday.”

Thanks to all who contacted Coons!

Call Senator Coons ….202-224-5042 to oppose Pompeo

Call Senator Coons ….202-224-5042

“Alan —

Over the past few days, several prominent senators have announced their intention to vote NO on Mike Pompeo’s confirmation [as Secretary of State], including some who voted to confirm him as CIA Director. [This included Klobuchar.]

Citing his anti-Muslim rhetoric and extreme positions on LGBT issues, his stated desire to bomb Iran and a host of other concerns, these senators recognize that Pompeo is simply not suited to serve as our nation’s top diplomat.

Currently, Senator Coons is the only Democratic Senator on the Foreign Relations Committee who hasn’t announced he’ll oppose Pompeo. And his vote is critically important.

If he votes no, Pompeo will NOT receive an endorsement from the committee. In all of American history, no candidate for Secretary of State has ever been confirmed after failing to receive the committee’s endorsement. That’s why we’re asking everyone in Delaware to call Senator Coons to encourage him to vote no. The call will take one minute, and it could make a world of difference.

Call Senator Coons now and tell him to oppose Mike Pompeo’s confirmation.

Then, please ask a friend to call. Ask three friends. Right now, Delaware is the battleground in the fight to stop Pompeo.

J Street”

Coons is one of the worst “Democratic” senators. He betrays us over and over again. See this, for example: http://www.greendel.org/2018/03/12/action-alert-carper-coons-betray-us-yet-again/

Call Coons: 202-224-5042
Call Coons’ State Director, Jim Paoli, 302.573.6345

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