Category Archives: Clean Water Act

Is it healthy to eat fish caught in Delaware waters?

Delaware regulators revise “advisories,” say it’s OK to eat more Delaware fish.

A Feb. 20, 2018 press release gives us the usual positive spin.  There’s some truth in it.

Levels of some waterborne toxins are dropping, as they should be, given that some very contaminated sites have been somewhat cleaned up.  These sites tend to discharge toxins such as PCBs, dioxins, DDT, other chlorinated pesticides, and mercury, into waterways.  Also, mercury from coal-burning power plants, “biomass” burners, and garbage incinerators falls out into the water.  Fish take this water in through their gills, absorb some of the toxins, and these end up in their flesh.  Eat these fish, and some of the toxins end up in you.  If you are pregnant they end up in your baby.  Coal burning in Delaware has decreased and, with much effort, we have generally been able to hold the line on incinerators and “biomass” burners.

But the picture is not quite so favorable as suggested by the DNREC press release. Continue reading

Where Rehoboth’s sewage should go is wrong question

This ran in the Cape Gazette this week:

By Alan Muller | Sep 07, 2015

Elisabeth Stoner’s wonderful poem Aug 31 has motivated me to write more about the Rehoboth ocean outfall debate. In my opinion the discussion has missed the key point, which is simple enough:

If the sewage is treated to “drinking water standards,” and the toxins and nutrients and pharmaceuticals are removed, it doesn’t much matter where it goes: into the ocean, into the canal, or into the groundwater (via spray irrigation or rapid infiltration). Or, right back into public water supplies. Adequately treated, it would not do harm and would provide useful volume. Continue reading

Delaware’s worst environmental scandal? Unpublic Hearing March 24th.

[Update:  We have since learned that the Hearing Officer has agreed to keep the public comment period open until April 24th, at the request of Delaware Audubon and Delaware Sierra.]

Reject Jack Markell’s latest dirty deal with the Delaware City Refinery.

After 58 years of river/bay destruction, the time for cooling towers is NOW.

On Tuesday, March 24th, at six pm, at Gunning Bedford Middle School, 801 Cox Neck Road (West of Delaware City)  the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is holding one of its mostly bogus “public hearings” on a water permit for the Delaware City Refinery.  The subject is a “draft permit” to allow the refinery to keep polluting the Delaware River and vacuuming the marine life out of it.  The permit also has implications for air quality because shortages of cooling water have lead to some of the largest “upsets” at the refinery. Continue reading