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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

“Free associating on ocean outfall”

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

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

Alert #493: Delaware cases of Multiple Myeloma sought

[Note: This article reposted August 24, 2015]

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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

Public meeting on non-cleanup of DuPont toxic waste pile on Cherry Island–January 7, 2004

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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.

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Does Delaware have a future (above water)?

[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.


Sea Level Fig 8

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

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Action: Salem Nukes–One of the area’s really big environmental scandals…..

Photograph of Salem 1

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:,  302.577.3210 , email form if you preferComment 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:

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Shame on Carney for GMO vote

[This letter appeared in the Delaware State News on July 28th]

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Shame on Carney for GMO vote

Rep. John Carney, shame on you for representing Monsanto and the grocery lobby over your constituents’ right to know what is in our food, by voting for House Resolution 1599. Continue reading

Died: “Lewis Morgan ‘Skipper’ Purnell, renaissance man”

Purnell and MLK in JamaicaLeft:  Purnell, then a foreign service officer, takes Martin Luther King, Jr. on a tour of Jamaica (Photo: Dick Carter via The News Journal)

Another exceptional Delawarean from a previous generation of activist types has died.

Skip Purnell passed on on July 28, 2015, at the age of 93.  He and spouse Til Purnell had celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in June.

Skipper and Til were fixtures of life in Sussex County for decades, until moving to Virginia in 2006 to be closer to family members.  Their estate on Herring Creek included a building collection–mostly houses–, moved onto their property from various locations.  They were an interesting combination of conservative Sussex County, Delaware, traits and the progressive thinking of people who had seen the world–Purnell had a career in the US Foreign Service.  Til was (is, I presume) more the environmentalist, perhaps the most active in Sussex County.  Skip represented the League of Women Voters in the process that lead to the gutting of the Delaware Coastal Zone Act.  Whether he ever regretted what he agreed to, I don’t know. Continue reading