Delaware is having a bad air week….worse coming

Friday, June 18, 2010 was a Code Yellow day;
Saturday was a Code Orange day;
Monday was a Code Yellow day;
Tuesday is a Code Orange day;
Wednesday is a Code Orange day;
Thursday will probably be a Code Orange day;
The days following will probably be Code Yellow or worse.

This follows a string of nine days of bad air beginning on April 29, 2010.

In addition, an Excessive Heat Warning is in effect:

An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. An excessive heat watch means that hot temperatures are expected.
The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids… stay in an air-conditioned room… and stay out of the sun. Check up on relatives and neighbors… especially the elderly and the infirm… to make sure that they are protected from the heat.

The combination of  high ozone, high particulates, and high temperature, for a prolonged period, is very dangerous. 

Death rates rise under these conditions. Take care and don’t become a statistic.


The DNREC issued a press release on June 21st:

"With sunny days and hot temperatures expected this week, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control urges Delawareans to keep an eye on the daily air quality forecast and take steps when ozone reaches unhealthy levels."

Note that the Markell/Coons Refinery and it’s twenty million pounds per year of air pollution is shut down, but planning to reopen.  Restart is tentatively scheduled for April 1, 2011.  An April Fools Day gift to us all from Jack Markell and "Unfit Chris" Coons.  But it gets worse.  Rumors are circulating that the new owners of the refinery may seek to operate without the scrubbers many people fought for.  But it gets worse, maybe.  From this presentation by the new owners:

"The State of Delaware has agreed to provide an allocation of $400M of tax free bonds (not guaranteed by the State) which would be used for the construction of a high pressure hydrotreater

–This unit will only be built if PBF succeeds in signing an agreement to process very "ugly" heavy crude oil"

"Ugly" of course, means dirty, cheap, and highly-polluting.  But good enough for Delaware, apparently.

The owners also say they are getting $43 million in "State and Federal Grants and Stimulus" to induce them to restart the refinery.

Who is focused on protecting the health and quality of life of Delawareans?

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