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About Alan Muller

Executive Director of Green Delaware

Public meeting on non-cleanup of DuPont toxic waste pile on Cherry Island–January 7, 2004

[Note:  This article was reposted on August 24, 2015]

Green Delaware Alert #388
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Public meeting on non-cleanup of DuPont toxic waste pile on Cherry Island–January 7, 2004

January 7, 2004. One of the great environmental scandals of Delaware is the production of dioxin at DuPont’s Edge Moor plant near Claymont.

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Alert 393: Giant pile of poison to be left on banks of Delaware River as a gift to future generations

[Note:  This alert was originally published on March 2, 2005.  We are resposting in today, Aug 24, 2015–ten years later!– because the announced closing of DuPont’s Edge-Moor plant has reawakened interest in the situation.  Alan Muller]

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Public hearings on DuPont’s Edge Moor dioxin factory:
March 1 and 2, 2005.

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“Commentary: Time to think about Delaware’s Peterson, Coastal Zone Act”

Published today in the Delaware State News:

http://delawarestatenews.net/opinion/commentary-time-to-think-about-delawares-peterson-coastal-zone-act/

DSN Peterson Coastal Zone Act

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

Does Delaware have a future (above water)?

[Update:  The paper by Hansen and 16 collaborators is interesting not only for what it says but its manner of publication.  Traditionally, scientific publication occurs after a “peer review” process carried out quietly by reviewers selected by the editors of the publication.  In this case, the paper has been published in an online “discussion journal” and anyone can comment.  This is expected to lead to to more formal publication of an (perhaps) amended paper.  In the meanwhile, the review process is opened up to public scrutiny and participation, and we are seeing the work earlier than we otherwise would.  It also illustrates how challenging it is to straddle the line between science and activism.  For access to these discussions I suggest starting with this Washington Post article:  What live peer review looks like when the fate of the planet is at stake.

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Sea Level Fig 8

Impact of sea level rise on Delaware, due to ice melt from Greenland and the West Antarctic combined. The remaining land areas are shown in green.

Hansen’s recent paper suggests a serious potential for a sea level rise of 5 to 9 meters (30 feet) within fifty years.

First, this is a bad air time.  The forecast for Friday is CODE YELLOW for ozone.  The forecast for Sunday and Monday is CODE YELLOW for ozone AND particles.  An earlier forecast was for CODE ORANGE on Saturday for ozone and the levels are still projected to be in the 90s (CODE ORANGE begins at 100).  Weather conditions are not projected to be extreme, but it will be near 90 deg and humid.  The pollen forecast is medium high.

These are not healthy conditions and we urge you to take care.

On to Sea level rise

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Action: Salem Nukes–One of the area’s really big environmental scandals…..

Photograph of Salem 1

The Salem 1 and 2 reactors

 

is allowing two of the three nuclear reactors on Artificial island (Salem I and II and Hope Creek I) to operate without cooling towers.  For those unfamiliar, the Hope Creek cooling tower is plainly visible from Route 1 while driving up and down Delaware on Route 1.

Hope Creek has a cooling tower because it was built later than the Salem pair.

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Actions you can take:

Ask Delaware Governor Jack Markell to insist on cooling towers in the new Salem permit:  jack.markell@state.de.us,  302.577.3210 , email form if you preferComment on Markell’s Facebook page.

Ask New Jersey to schedule more public hearings, to extend the public comment period, and to insist on cooling towers:  susan.rosenwinkel@dep.nj.gov

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Shame on Carney for GMO vote

[This letter appeared in the Delaware State News on July 28th]

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Shame on Carney for GMO vote

Rep. John Carney, shame on you for representing Monsanto and the grocery lobby over your constituents’ right to know what is in our food, by voting for House Resolution 1599. Continue reading

Rep. John Carney votes for Monsanto

John C. Carney Jr. official portrait 112th Congress.jpgIt’s important to note that this bill is NOT about banning GMO foods, it’s ONLY about labeling so people can make their own decisions.

See updates here from the Organic Consumers Association.

Action:  Contact Senators Coons and Carper:  Ask them to vote for transparency and healthy food, NOT for Monsanto.


From the Organic Consumers Association:

DARK Day in D.C.

275 members (see vote tally here) of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1599, the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act. By voting for the DARK Act, these politicians voted against truth and transparency, against science, against the more than century-old right of states to legislate on matters relating to food safety and labeling.

They voted against the 90-percent of Americans who are in favor of mandatory labeling of GMOs. They voted against the producers of non-GMO foods.

They voted against you.

Now that the DARK Act has been approved by the House, we’ll have to stop it in the Senate. We have to move fast­because Monsanto is desperate to pass a bill that preempts mandatory GMO labeling laws at the state and federal levels, before Vermont’s GMO labeling law takes effect next year.

H.R. 1599 was sold to Congress via multi-million dollar public relations and lobbying campaigns built on lies and deception. The bill’s sole purpose is to support an industry–Monsanto’s poison-peddling industry–­that was founded on lies and deception from the get-go.

Were the Congress members who voted against you fooled by Monsanto’s slick, deceitful packaging of this so-called “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act”? Or did they simply vote with their wallets, stuffed full of biotech and junk food industry cash?

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