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 →
Green Delaware has written many times, over many years, about how poorly Delaware is represented by its “congressional delegation” of two senators and one congressperson. Whomever has held these positions, of either party, they have rarely sought to represent the human beings who elect them, focusing instead on servicing the special interests so overwhelmingly dominant in Delaware politics. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →