When DNREC issued a shutdown order for Peninsula Compost Group (otherwise known as Wilmington Organics Recycling Center, Peninsula Compost Company, etc.) on October 20th, our first question was “would they appeal?” That question has been answered with the filing of an appeal to the Delaware “Environmental Appeals Board” on November 7, 2014
The lawyer filing the appeal is Robert W. Whetzel of Richards, Layton, Finger, 302.651.7634. We have run into Whetzel many times representing the Delaware City Refinery and other bad polluters. Continue reading →
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.
“Green Delaware does not oppose further processing of wastewater treatment sludge from poultry slaughtering operations. It is possible that such could be desirable. But theGRT 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 →
(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”)
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)?”