Representative John Kowalko has stepped up to the plate and is circulating a petition calling for removal of the DuPont/Chemours Dioxin Pile. PLEASE SIGN KOWALKO’S PETITION.
This post is a bit long. Bear with us…..
The 115 acre site of the DuPont/Chemours Edge-Moor plant, situated on the Delaware River at its confluence with Shellpot Creek, has a long history going back to the 1600s. (USA today has an interesting history here, though it is not entirely accurate.)
E.I. Dupont de Nemours & Co. (“DuPont”) became the sole owner of the site, already making the white pigment titanium (“TlO2”)dioxide, in 1935. Continue reading
[Note: Originally published July 2, 2003. Reposted Sept 17th, 2015]
Green Delaware Alert #242
National Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) for 2001 released
Total TRI chemicals down, dioxin up
52% of total US dioxin emissions are from Delaware–Up from 38% in 2000
DuPont Edge Moor releases 169 pounds of dioxin
DuPont overall releases 70% of the dioxins reported released in the U.S.
Health threats apparently disregarded by State, DuPont
[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
By Elisabeth Stoner | Aug 31, 2015
1. The Sea I Dream Of
Come, dive with me into the sea I dream of:
clear, translucent, aquamarine. Deeper –
dancing, glancing light brightens sapphire, cerulean. Continue reading
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
[Note: This article reposted August 24, 2015]
Green Delaware Alert #493
Delaware cases of Multiple Myeloma sought
Blood cancer thought connected to DuPont titanium dioxide plant emissions
“Jury Awards Man $14M in Lawsuit Against DuPont”
Over five years, DuPont’s Edge Moor plant reports 560 pounds of “dioxin” to Toxics Release Inventory Continue reading
[Note: This article was reposted on August 24, 2015]
Green Delaware Alert #388
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Public meeting on non-cleanup of DuPont toxic waste pile on Cherry Island–January 7, 2004
January 7, 2004. One of the great environmental scandals of Delaware is the production of dioxin at DuPont’s Edge Moor plant near Claymont.
[Note: This article reposted August 24, 2015]
On May 23rd the US Environmental Protection Agency released the Toxic Release Inventory information for 2000. For the first time, information is included on releases of “dioxin and dioxin-like compounds.”
[Update: The paper by Hansen and 16 collaborators is interesting not only for what it says but its manner of publication. Traditionally, scientific publication occurs after a “peer review” process carried out quietly by reviewers selected by the editors of the publication. In this case, the paper has been published in an online “discussion journal” and anyone can comment. This is expected to lead to to more formal publication of an (perhaps) amended paper. In the meanwhile, the review process is opened up to public scrutiny and participation, and we are seeing the work earlier than we otherwise would. It also illustrates how challenging it is to straddle the line between science and activism. For access to these discussions I suggest starting with this Washington Post article: What live peer review looks like when the fate of the planet is at stake.
Impact of sea level rise on Delaware, due to ice melt from Greenland and the West Antarctic combined. The remaining land areas are shown in green.
Hansen’s recent paper suggests a serious potential for a sea level rise of 5 to 9 meters (30 feet) within fifty years.
First, this is a bad air time. The forecast for Friday is CODE YELLOW for ozone. The forecast for Sunday and Monday is CODE YELLOW for ozone AND particles. An earlier forecast was for CODE ORANGE on Saturday for ozone and the levels are still projected to be in the 90s (CODE ORANGE begins at 100). Weather conditions are not projected to be extreme, but it will be near 90 deg and humid. The pollen forecast is medium high.
These are not healthy conditions and we urge you to take care.
On to Sea level rise
The Salem 1 and 2 reactors
is allowing two of the three nuclear reactors on Artificial island (Salem I and II and Hope Creek I) to operate without cooling towers. For those unfamiliar, the Hope Creek cooling tower is plainly visible from Route 1 while driving up and down Delaware on Route 1.
Hope Creek has a cooling tower because it was built later than the Salem pair.
Actions you can take:
Ask Delaware Governor Jack Markell to insist on cooling towers in the new Salem permit: email@example.com, 302.577.3210 , email form if you prefer. Comment on Markell’s Facebook page.
Ask New Jersey to schedule more public hearings, to extend the public comment period, and to insist on cooling towers: firstname.lastname@example.org
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