Your June 3rd piece “Beware the Chicken Plant…That Wasn’t” might better be entitled “Beware Journalism…that Isn’t.”
It’s wonderful that the reporter is on a first-name basis with the promoter and reports everything he says as fact, but this does not help readers understand the pros and cons of this proposal. Continue reading →
Delaware air, by the official categories, mostly varies between Code Green and Code Yellow, with occasional excursions into worse conditions. Now is one of those times.
Some states issue notices of Code Yellow conditions, but Delaware is not one of those states. We (Green Delaware) often but not always do emails for Code Yellow days. Feedback would be welcome on whether readers would like this always. Several significant DNREC public hearings are coming up in June. Continue reading →
Flames erupt from the scene of a crude-oil train derailment Feb. 16 near Timmins, in Ontario, Canada. (Transportation Safety Board of Canada)
Rep. Ed Osienski and Sen. Dave McBride developed a letter to Rep. John Carney asking the US Congress to take meaningful action on oil (“bomb”) trains. This letter was signed by 30 Delaware state senators and representatives.
[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 →
“Environmental chemicals are wreaking havoc to last a lifetime”
In November, election results put many anti-health, anti-environmental activists into public office. Did this happen because millions of people said to themselves “I have too much money … we need more pollution and disease … corporations and banks are being oppressed by the people …?” I doubt it, but the effect is the same. Continue reading →
Our previous comments on this matter may have had some effect, but we don’t know what the Markell administration intends to do, and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) secretary David Small did not return a call (We didn’t really expect him to, because we know him, but we tried.).
We’ve had some long conversations with people in the industry, and studied the transcript of the public hearing, and talked with people in various parts of Delaware’s environmental regulatory agency (DNREC). We draw on our 20 years experience with environmental controversy in Delaware. Continue reading →
Green Delaware Alan Muller, Executive Director
Box 69. One Stewart Street
Port Penn, DE 19731 USA
September 10, 2014
Mr, Robert Haynes, Hearing Officer
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Regarding: Peninsula Composting–Renewal, or not, of “Beneficial Use Determination”
Dear Mr. Haynes:
Green Delaware recommends, reluctantly, that the Beneficial Use Determination and other approvals for Peninsula Composting (sometimes known as the Wilmington Organics Recycling Center, WORC) not be renewed, and that the facility be required to close. Continue reading →
Tuesday August 5, 2014 is an official Code Orange “air quality action day” in Delaware. The DNREC says: “A Code Orange air quality forecast for ozone is a level of pollution that can be unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as young children, the elderly, and those with heart and/or respiratory conditions. Such persons should limit outdoor activities, especially those that require a high level of exertion.”