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DNREC's Boiler Safety Program within the Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances is conducting a series of public workshops to discuss draft changes to the Boiler Safety Rules and Regulations with stakeholders. The first of the workshops was held Dec. 8, 2017 and additional workshops will be held in May, dates to be determined. The purpose of the workshops is to have a dialogue with stakeholders concerning new requirements for owners to conduct preventive maintenance on boiler systems.

 Links to the draft changes to Delaware’s Boiler Safety Rules and Regulations:

DNREC's Boiler Safety Program has the responsibility of overseeing the construction, installation and repair of all boilers and pressure vessels that are installed in the State of Delaware, except those exempted by Title 7, Chapter 74B, located in a "place of public assembly."

A chronology of the Boiler Safety Program:

  • In 1919, the State of Delaware created the Board of Boiler Rules. This unit was given jurisdiction over high pressure and miniature boilers installed after January 1, 1924.
  • Electrically heated pressure vessels were brought under the program's jurisdiction on August 8, 1953.
  • Steam heating, hot water supply or hot water heating boilers came under the program's jurisdiction on May 11, 1954.
  • On June 30, 1974 unfired pressure vessels were added to our jurisdiction.
  • In September 1992, ASME CSD-1 (Controls and Safety Devices-1) was adopted by the division.
  • Brought under the Department of Public Safety, the name was changed to the Division of Boiler Safety in 1972.
  • The Division of Boiler Safety was organizationally moved under the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control on July 1, 2003.
  • One year later, July 1, 2004, the Division of Boiler Safety became the Boiler Safety Program under the Division of Air and Waste Management, Waste Management Section, Tanks Management Branch.
  • On August 10, 2010, the Boiler Safety Program came under DNREC's newly-named Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances.

Boiler Safety mission:

To promote public safety through inspections of boilers and pressure vessels, and providing education on the operation, maintenance and repair of boilers and pressure vessels in the State of Delaware.

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David Luettgen

Chief Boiler Inspector

(302) 395-2527

Randall Rado

Environmental Compliance Specialist

(302) 395-2508

Mailing and shipping address:
DNREC Boiler Safety Program
391 Lukens Drive
New Castle, DE 19720

Telephone: (302) 395-2500
FAX: (302) 395-2555

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.















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