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Air Pollution alert for Wednesday May 2nd

Delaware’s first major “ozone season” air pollution alert has been issued for tomorrow:

Wednesday, May 2nd, will be a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Delaware!

An early season air quality event is underway across the northern Mid-Atlantic region. Ozone has risen dramatically on Tuesday, much faster than expected, given the still relatively low temperatures by summer standards. The air mass in place appears to be quite polluted, with dilute smoke present from fires burning upwind across the southeastern U.S., which is fueling ozone formation. Wednesday will be warmer than Tuesday, with temperatures reaching into the mid-80s °F. Humidity will remain quite low, with clear skies allowing strong May solar radiation to promote rapid ozone formation. The only potentially limiting factor is breezy afternoon winds, but given the other ozone-conducive conditions in place, the uptick in afternoon atmospheric mixing is not expected to be enough to prevent daily ozone from reaching the Code Orange range. For more information about the air quality alerts and what you can do to reduce air pollution, check out the following website:

http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/AQI/Pages/AQIForecast.aspx 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. Any health related questions should be directed to the Division of Public Health at 302-739-6619. All other questions should be directed to the Division of Air Quality at 302-739-9402-

-This message was brought to you by the Division of Air Quality, DNREC.

Note that the forecast for particles is Code Yellow and  your health will be affected by the combination of these two pollutants, while the official alert system considers only the highest  one.  So in terms of likely health effects, Green Delaware would call this Code Red (unhealthy for everybody).  See more info.

Also note that the EPA Airnow site shows that almost the entire Delmarva Peninsula is already Code Orange today (Tuesday), while the State of Delaware monitors are showing Code Green.  This is odd because the state monitors are supposed to be the source of the Airnow data.  (Things may have changed by the time you see the information.)  This national map seems to be showing the Delmarva Peninsula as the largest high-ozone area in the US.

Air quality is likely to be bad for the next few days:

Extended Forecast:
Another day of USG [Unheathy for Sensitive Groups] ozone is possible on Thursday. The same air mass will be in place, and skies will remain mostly sunny. Humidity will be on the increase, however, which may make enough of a difference to drop ozone back into the Moderate range. More clouds are expected on Friday ahead of an approaching cold front, likely limiting ozone to the Moderate range. Moderate particle air quality will linger until Saturday, after the cold front passes through the state.

It’s also worth noting that ozone forecasting is seasonal and begins on May 1st.  Thus, the first day of the season in Delaware has been a real “opener.”

Please take care of your health and urge “your” elected officials to support cleaner air!  With the federal government in the hands of crooks, liars, and polluters, only local action is likely in the near term.

Also:  For those receiving Green Delaware emails via yahoogroups, this service has become increasingly unreliable in recent months, and messages are often delayed.  Many longtime yahoogroups users are moving to something else.  Any thoughts or suggestions on this would be appreciated.

 

Update: Coons issues presser saying he will oppose Pompeo…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2018

CONTACT: Sean Coit at 202-224-5042 or sean_coit@coons.senate.gov

 Senator Coons announces opposition to Pompeo nomination

Sen. Coons: “I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will embolden, rather than moderate or restrain President Trump’s most belligerent and dangerous instincts.”

WILMINGTON, DE — U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced today that he will oppose CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to serve as Secretary of State.

“After careful consideration, I have decided that I will oppose CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to become Secretary of State.”

“While I respect his background of military and public service and am encouraged by his stated commitment to our diplomatic corps, I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will embolden, rather than moderate or restrain, President Trump’s most belligerent and dangerous instincts.”

“I do not make this decision lightly or without reservations.  I am convinced Director Pompeo would be a strong advocate for the career professionals of the State Department and that he would repair some of the damage that vacancies and budget uncertainties have created over the past eighteen months. He is also knowledgeable and clear-eyed about the diplomatic and security challenges we face around the world.”

 “However, I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will not challenge the President in critical moments.  On vital decisions facing our country, Director Pompeo seems less concerned with rule of law and partnership with our allies and more inclined to emphasize unilateral action and the use of force.”

 “Finally, Director Pompeo’s past statements as a Congressman and candidate on a range of issues give me great concern since the role of Secretary of State is in part to speak for all Americans on issues of our shared values to rest of the world.”

 “Given these reasons, I will oppose Director Pompeo’s nomination in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday.”

Thanks to all who contacted Coons!

Call Senator Coons ….202-224-5042 to oppose Pompeo

Call Senator Coons ….202-224-5042

“Alan —

Over the past few days, several prominent senators have announced their intention to vote NO on Mike Pompeo’s confirmation [as Secretary of State], including some who voted to confirm him as CIA Director. [This included Klobuchar.]

Citing his anti-Muslim rhetoric and extreme positions on LGBT issues, his stated desire to bomb Iran and a host of other concerns, these senators recognize that Pompeo is simply not suited to serve as our nation’s top diplomat.

Currently, Senator Coons is the only Democratic Senator on the Foreign Relations Committee who hasn’t announced he’ll oppose Pompeo. And his vote is critically important.

If he votes no, Pompeo will NOT receive an endorsement from the committee. In all of American history, no candidate for Secretary of State has ever been confirmed after failing to receive the committee’s endorsement. That’s why we’re asking everyone in Delaware to call Senator Coons to encourage him to vote no. The call will take one minute, and it could make a world of difference.

Call Senator Coons now and tell him to oppose Mike Pompeo’s confirmation.

Then, please ask a friend to call. Ask three friends. Right now, Delaware is the battleground in the fight to stop Pompeo.

Thanks,
J Street”

Coons is one of the worst “Democratic” senators. He betrays us over and over again. See this, for example: http://www.greendel.org/2018/03/12/action-alert-carper-coons-betray-us-yet-again/

Call Coons: 202-224-5042
Call Coons’ State Director, Jim Paoli, 302.573.6345

Or use this link:

http://act.jstreet.org/call/call-your-senator-pompeo/?akid=12513.23385.E5PDpi&rd=1&t=5

Letter of opposition to House Bill 270

This is a bill purporting to be about cleanup of Delaware’s polluted waters.  We aren’t convinced that the bill is good enough to justify support.  We sent this letter to the sponsors and the members of the House Natural Resources Committee.  Subsequently, the bill was tabled in committee.

A couple of years ago the “Delaware Nature Society” hired a real estate guy to promote a previous version of the bill.  (He didn’t return our calls.) Continue reading

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

Sign on to anti-lead-poisoning petition/letter

This Wed. morning begins on a high note with the victory in Alabama of Doug Jones over the bigot and molester Roy Moore.

But two truly horrible things are playing out in Washington DC this week:  The repeal of net neutrality and the passage of a disgusting “tax reform” bill loaded with unjust and destructive provisions.  This is truly a time to speak out as loudly as possible. (See this Delaware State News article about net neutrality.  We put contact info in the comments.)

Back to lead poisoning.  There is no safe level of lead exposure.  It dumbs us down.

I would be willing to bet that Trump supporters have, on average, higher blood lead levels than the rest of us.  (Note:  A critical reader points out that support for “conservative” politics is most demonstrably correlated with authoritarian personality, not intelligence.   In general white people supported Trump–males and uneducated whites the most.). Continue reading

Updates from Green Delaware

Reasonable people will agree that the US is in a major political crisis.  The “presidency” of Trump has turned out to be as evil and misguided as predicted by the most pessimistic.  Every agency connected to environmental and health protection is being turned on it’s head.  The US House and Senate are under the control of nutwads.  While Trump is mostly despised by responsible people, he has a hard core of supporters, motivated by anger and hate, who do not care at all the damage being done.  They applaud it.   The more the better.  But the US faces so many profound challenges that we just can’t afford such misgovernment.Likewise Delaware is in political crisis.  The state is run by a non-visionary governor and poor legislative leadership seeming to take guidance mainly from “Chamber of Commerce” interests.  Since “corporate” control is largely the cause of Delaware’s problems, increasing the corporate chokehold will surely not make things better.

The good news is that a new generation of activists is raising it’s head in Delaware.  People do care.  I’m impressed by many of them.  Some brief profiles to follow at some point. 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