Category Archives: DNREC

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

Jan 18th: Important “public meetings” re oil and gas drilling off Delaware

Fights over Oil and gas exploration and production off the coasts of Delaware and New Jersey (sometimes called the Outer Continental Shelf) are nothing new–they go back decades.  But, as he’s so good at, trump is converting a simmering issue into an crisis that urgently needs public resistance.

It began with his Executive Order 13795 of April 28, 2017, “Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy.” Continue reading

Mon, Jan 8th: Del. holds “listening session” on “Clean Power Plan” repeal.

Action:  Attend hearing or send in comments–details below.

The EPA “Clean Power Plan” (CPP) is a plan to begin limiting global warming emissions from electric generating plants.  It’s not a strong plan and it’s very complicated–filling many hundreds of pages in the Federal Register.  Green Delaware has never been very excited about it, because it doesn’t call for rapid or substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.  But it’s something–a powerful symbolic action if little more.

For background see these two previous Green Delaware posts about the CPP: Continue reading

Follow-up comment on Coastal Zone Act “stakeholder processes”

The last time the State of Delaware used the “Consensus Building Institute” scam-shop to carve up the Coastal Zone Act, twenty-five years ago, Green Delaware and Audubon were on opposite sides and DAS was a key seller-out. I’ve been an Audubon member most of the time since about 1971, and am pleased to see that Delaware Audubon is showing more brains and integrity this time around, and is holding back from the farce. This shows some smarts and political maturity.

A key thing to remember is that the battle was lost in the legislature and the mind of an uber-mediocre governor. That outcome is not going to be reversed by DNREC.

It’ s important to pay some attention to the administrative rulemaking process but not be distracted and diverted by it.

If people are serious about getting the Coastal Zone Act back, they need to focus on Carney and on getting rid of turkey legislators like Osienskim and on bringing in corrective legislation.

Coastal Zone Act “workshops”

Most readers will know that a new Delaware law guts the Delaware Coastal Zone Act.

The basic destruction was done by the Delaware General Assembly and Governor Carney in House Bill 90. The details of how the destruction is to be implemented are to be worked out by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). To do this, the DNREC has hired the “Consensus Building Institute,” the same outfit that was used to write very harmful Coastal Zone Act regulations back in the late 1990s. What we said at the time. Continue reading

Protect Delawareans from lead poisoning

After July, we gave our readers a vacation from emails, focusing Green Delaware’s presence primarily on Facebook.  Today is the first day of Fall and emails are back.

Please take a few minutes to read Sarah Bucic’s op ed below and prod Governor John Carney to take action. Attention is focused on the Governor as the DNREC has failed for many months to take action. Continue reading

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

Where the Rehoboth sewage should go is the wrong question

[This was originally published in the Cape Gazette on Sept 3, 2015]

Elisabeth Stoner’s wonderful poem Aug 31, 2015) has motivated me to write (again) about the Rehoboth ocean outfall debate.  In my opinion the discussion has missed the key point, which is simple enough: Continue reading

A CODE ORANGE bad air week in Delaware

Delaware only does notifications for CODE ORANGE days.   Minnesota does notifications at the lower CODE YELLOW level.

Maybe this is because the air in Delaware is CODE Yellow very often, especially in the summer, and state officials don’t want to remind Delawareans of this reality. Continue reading