I’ve written about the Delaware City Refinery so many times, over so many years, that it’s hard to believe more is needed. It’s tiresome to think about. It never ends. Yet here we go again. (pic: The Delaware City Refinery in action, Delaware City Environmental Coalition; via Amy Roe)
The Refinery has operated under a number of owners beginning with Tidewater Oil. It started up in 1956 or 1957, before the time of meaningful environmental regulation and took out a national ad in Readers Digest promising “Country sweet air for our neighbors.” Continue reading →
“Tuesday, December 8th, will be a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Delaware!”
“A Code Orange air quality forecast for particulates 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.”
[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 →
As a follow up to the bridge story, see this piece from Reuters. For the most part, of course, the oil train traffic in Delaware results from the reopening of the Delaware City Refinery. (There might be some through traffic regardless.) Norfolk Southern, major rail presence in Delaware, sued the State of Maryland to prevent release of oil train information. Delaware, in any case, is one of a few states refusing to provide information to the public.
Can anyone think that, when the refinery-reopening scam went down with zero public participation, the full range of harmful effects were considered? Obviously not….
(Note: We get that this might seem trivial compared to the giant oil and gas facilities being shoved into Delaware. More upcoming on those. But if we can’t enforce our environmental laws on smaller projects, how can we expect to enforce them on big ones?)
No permit (yet) but the poultry waste plant already built. Who are they kidding? (US)
Skids greased for polluters but public participation curtailed
Readers will know that Peninsula Composting has been ordered to shut down. The facility is supposed to be clearing out its existing materials. Neither Peninsula nor DNREC have been returning phone calls, so we can’t tell you a lot more.
We’ve worked up a description of how the situation developed and what went wrong. There’s is plenty of blame to spread around. This grew to three thousand words, so we decided not to email it. Read it here:
Update on the Big Stink from Peninsula Compost (“Wilmington Organics Recycling Center”)
Many readers will know about this issue–Green Delaware has written about it quite a bit, and recently even the mainstream press has been paying some attention.
Technically, the problem is simple: Big bad industrial sites–mainly, in Delaware, Conectiv’s Edge-Moor Power Plant, Valero’s Delaware City Refinery, and NRG’s Indian River Power Plant–pump hundreds of millions of gallons of water out of the Delaware River and Rehoboth Bay every day. DuPont, Sunoco, and others are also offenders. The biggest single offender is the Salem/Hope Creek nuclear complex across the river in New Jersey. Continue reading →