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Passing of Dorothy Miller

Former News Journal editor and reporter Shaun Mullen reports in his blog that Dorothy Miller has recently died. I don’t seen an obit in the News Journal. Not surprising, I suppose. At some time in the past one would have seen a “news obit” of a significant figure, which Dot Miller was. But those days are gone and perhaps the “Stooge” Journal no longer publishes any sort of obit without being paid to do so.

In any case, Miller was a leading figure in the preservation of the White Clay Creek valley from being flooded as a reservoir. I barely knew Miller–and don’t think she liked me–but have spent a lot of time walking, biking, and just hanging out along White Clay Creek. The preservation of the area, some in Delaware and some in Pennsylvania, is quite a monument to any person. I’ll let Mullen tell the story:

http://kikoshouse.blogspot.com/2016/01/come-witness-wonder-you-may-be-guardian.html:

 

“A Scientist-Lawmaker’s Case for GMO Labeling”

Minnesota state Representative Phyllis Kahn has authored this article which appears in Governing (Magazine):

http://www.governing.com/gov-institute/voices/col-scientist-lawmaker-case-gmo-labeling.html

There are real health and environmental concerns, and labeling is a reasonable response to them.
by | February 18, 2016

As one of roughly a dozen Ph.D. scientists serving in state legislatures, I make a point of following policy issues with a scientific component, particularly when they concern my field of specialization, DNA replication and recombination.

One such issue is whether to require food produced from crops grown from seeds that have been genetically modified to be labeled as such. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are usually created by transferring genetic material from one organism to another using techniques that go beyond the usual plant or animal breeding. Continue reading

Here is the shameful roll call of votes on SB 40, eliminating the death penalty for new cases in Delaware.

SB 40 Peterson Defeated

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DEATH PENALTY.

Date: 01/28/2016 06:41 PM Defeated

Vote Type:SM Yes: 16 No: 23 Not Voting: 0 Absent: 2

Baumbach Y J. Johnson Y Peterman A
Bennett A Q. Johnson N Potter Y
Bentz Y Keeley Y Ramone Y
Bolden Y Kenton N B. Short Y
Brady Y Kowalko Y D. Short N
Briggs King N Longhurst N M. Smith Y
Carson N Lynn Y Smyk N
Collins N Matthews Y Spiegelman N
Dukes N Miro Y Viola Y
Gray N Mitchell N K. Williams N
Heffernan Y Mulrooney N Wilson N
Hensley N Osienski N Yearick N
Hudson N Outten N Schwartzkopf N
Jaques N Paradee N

Here we go again: Delaware City Refinery and a bad Governor

I’ve written about the Delaware City Refinery so many times, over so many years, that it’s hard to believe more is needed.  It’s tiresome to think about.  It never ends.  Yet here we go again. (pic:  The Delaware City Refinery in action, Delaware City Environmental Coalition; via Amy Roe)

The Refinery has operated under a number of owners beginning with Tidewater Oil.  It started up in 1956 or 1957, before the time of meaningful environmental regulation and took out a national ad in Readers Digest promising “Country sweet air for our neighbors.” Continue reading

The bad state of Delaware’s air

This information comes mainly from the EPA Airnow website:

December 2014 16 days Code Yellow, 1 day Code Orange

January 2015 16 days Code Yellow, 1 day Code Orange

February 2015 19 days Code Yellow

March 2015 12 days Code Yellow, 1 day Code Orange (up to March15th)

The forecast for March 17, 2015, is Code Yellow.  As of now, the forecast for the 18th and 19th are Code Green. Continue reading

Russ Peterson, the Delaware Coastal Zone Act, and leadership in Delaware

Delaware’s a mess. The water is rising. We are a major destination for bomb trains. One of the most leaky and dangerous nuke power complexes threatens and pollutes the state and is trying to expand with new reactors. The air and water are polluted. The economy is stagnant and the political system corrupt. The public schools are under attack. The court system is openly dedicated to protecting corporate crime. A tale of woe, to be sure. Continue reading

“U.S. taxpayers help fund oil-train boom amid safety concerns”

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/u-s-taxpayers-help-fund-oil-train-boom-amid-safety/article_cd09f5c9-9c34-505b-a5dc-3abca7d069ce.html

As a follow up to the bridge story, see this piece from Reuters.  For the most part, of course, the oil train traffic in Delaware results from the reopening of the Delaware City Refinery.  (There might be some through traffic regardless.)  Norfolk Southern, major rail presence in Delaware, sued the State of Maryland to prevent release of oil train information.  Delaware, in any case, is one of a few states refusing to provide information to the public.

Can anyone think that, when the refinery-reopening scam went down with zero public participation, the full range of harmful effects were considered?  Obviously not….