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Air and Waste News in Delaware, 12/04/06

 

Published by DNREC-Division of Air and Waste Management

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The bimonthly E-News Update features current information on the Division’s public meetings, workshops, hearings, and regulatory documents available for public comment, as well as news updates. For those of you who are receiving the E-News Update for the first time, the subscription is FREE!  Please sign up at the following link: http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/DNREC2000/admin/maillists/maillists.htm.  There is no form to fill out; it’s done in three clicks!

 

News Updates

 

DNREC Initiates Statewide Mercury Switch Collection Program One source of mercury in the environment comes from mercury switches in salvaged automobiles. Therefore, DNREC’s Division of Air and Waste Management is encouraging salvage yard operators to participate in the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recycling Program, and mailed letters on November 28, 2006 to state automobile salvage yards with information on program benefits. The program will help prevent the release of mercury from automobiles salvaged in Delaware, either during the crushing of the automobile prior to being sent to a steel recycler such as Claymont Steel, or from being vaporized in a steel incinerator. The switch collection program provides automotive recyclers with containers and shipping, plus $1 to $3 for each mercury switch submitted. For more information on the program, please contact Karen J’Anthony at: Karen.JAnthony@state.de.us or (302) 739-9403.

 

Funding Available to Delaware Truckers to Help Purchase Anti-Idling Technology As of Friday, December 1, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Small Business Anti-Idling Initiative began accepting applications from Delaware truckers for funding to help purchase anti-idling technology for their trucks. Installing the technology offers a great opportunity for some heavy-duty vehicles to become exempt from excessive idling fines. Program financing is available to help owners purchase and install Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) that provide both heating and cooling, along with other advantages. Not only will APUs help trucks comply with anti-idling laws to minimize emissions, but reduce fuel and maintenance costs as well. For more information, or a copy of the application, please visit http://www.dieselmidatlantic.org/diesel/index.htm or contact Alex Hense at alex.hense@state.de.us or (302) 739-9909. Additional information is also available at: http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/dnrec2000/admin/press/story1.asp?PRID=2302.

 

Secretary’s Orders

 

Secretary’s Order and Premcor Package Boilers Construction Permit Amendment On November 27, Secretary Hughes signed Order No. 2006-A-0057, which was issued along with an amended construction permit for two package boilers. The amended permit reflected the agreed upon changes of the Environmental Appeals Board Stipulation. Previously in November 2004, the Department issued Secretary’s Order No. 2004-A-0058 and a construction permit to The Premcor Refining Group, Inc. (Premcor). The permit and Secretary’s Order authorized the construction of two package boilers as part of the Pollution Control Upgrade Project (PCUP) at Premcor’s oil refinery in Delaware City, Delaware. Premcor is obligated pursuant to a Consent Decree filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to install two wet gas scrubbers in order to address air pollution emissions, which was the focus of the PCUP at Premcor’s Refinery (now Valero’s). However, Premcor appealed the issuance of the air quality construction permit in December 2004. For additional information on the amended permit, Secretary’s Order, appeal or comments received, please contact Ravi Rangan at (302) 323-4542, or visit: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/NR/rdonlyres/91EF984A-7098-4508-BB2D-422AED85A53E/0/SecOrd2006A0057.pdf.

 

Notice of Conciliation and Secretary’s Order Issued to Claymont Steel Inc. On November 29, Secretary Hughes signed Order No. 2006-A-0058 to reduce mercury emissions at the Claymont Steel facility located at 4001 Philadelphia Pike in Claymont. The order indicated that recently revealed mercury emissions from its facility were in violation of the Delaware Code, and required development and implementation of a plan to reduce mercury emissions by approximately 90 percent. Claymont Steel recycles scrap steel in an electric arc furnace using, among other steel, crushed and shredded automobiles. The automotive scrap often contains mercury as a result of switches built into trunks and hoods, and anti-lock brake systems up until 2003. The order is one of several DNREC initiatives to control mercury, including the recently finalized regulation controlling air emissions, a program to remove mercury switches from automobiles (see above), and technical assistance to the medical community. The Secretary’s Order may be viewed at: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/NR/rdonlyres/6E14E2DD-E5BC-4712-B93F-9568CBF871A2/0/SecOrd2006A0058.pdf.  For more information, please contact Paul Foster at (302) 323-4542, or visit: http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/dnrec2000/admin/press/story1.asp?PRID=2303.

 

Upcoming Air and Waste-Related Hearings, Meetings & Events

 

December and January – Yard Waste Meetings - DNREC’s Division of Air and Waste Management is working with the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) to present information on the Cherry Island Landfill yard waste ban effective January 1 and the options available for homeowners. The meetings scheduled for December and January are as follows:

·         Dec. 5 – 7:00 PM, Forest Brook Glen/ Newport Heights Civic Association at Richey Elementary School (DSWA presenting).

·         Dec. 6 – 7:00 PM, Jefferson Farms Civic Association at Castle Hills Elementary School (DNREC presenting).

·         Dec. 11 – 7:00 PM, Woodcrest Civic Association at Conrad Middle School Library (DNREC presenting).

·         Jan. 4 – 7:00 PM, Newark Morning Rotary at the Blue and Gold Room, University

             For more information or questions, please contact Debra Nielsen at (302) 739-9403, or visit: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/news/newsStory.asp?PRID=2280. Additional information is available at the following website: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/yardwaste/Default.htm.

 

December 4Public Hearing on Amendment to Regulation 1124 - Control of Volatile Organic Compound Emissions will be held at 6:00 PM at the DNREC Auditorium, Richardson and Robbins Building, located at 89 Kings Highway in Dover. The public hearing is on a proposed amendment to Regulation No. 1124 - adding a new Section No. 46, Crude Oil Lightering Operations. The proposed amendment will help to control the emissions of volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants from crude oil lightering operations that occur in the waters of the State. Lightering is the process where the draft of large ocean-going vessels is reduced by bulk transfer of cargo from the ocean-going vessels to smaller service vessels. This reduction in draft is necessary for the ocean-going vessel to be able to proceed upriver.

 

Interested parties may submit comments in writing on this proposed amendment prior to the public hearing, and/or comments may be presented either orally or in writing at the public hearing. If you are unable to attend the public hearing or wish to submit your comments in advance of the public hearing, please address your comments to: Jim Snead, DNREC - Air Quality Management Section, 715 Grantham Lane, New Castle DE 19720. For additional information, please contact Jim Snead in New Castle at (302) 323-4542, or visit: http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/dnreceis/redirect.asp?ID=2121&MsgType=P or
http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/dnrec2000/admin/press/story1.asp?PRID=2286.

 

December Workshops on Recycling Assistance Grant Program – Now Accepting Applications for 2007. The application deadline is January 31, 2007. A total of $50,000 in grant funding is available in for Delawareans to develop or expand innovative waste reduction, reuse, and/or recycling projects tailored to community needs. Grant awards will be announced in March 2007, and projects must be completed by May 2008.  Public information workshops on the Recycling Assistance Grant Program will be held at the following times and locations:

·         Dec. 11 – 2 to 4 PM, Edgemoor Community Center, 500 Duncan Road, Wilmington

·         Dec. 11 – 6 to 8 PM, Kirkwood Highway Library, 6000 Kirkwood Highway, Newark

·         Dec. 12 – 2 to 4 PM, Smyrna Rest Area, 5500N. DuPont Highway, Smyrna

·         Dec. 12 – 6 to 8 PM, Georgetown Public Library, 10 West Pine Street, Georgetown

·         Dec. 13 – 6 to 8 PM, Bear Library, 101 Governor’s Place, Bear

·         Dec. 14 – 2 to 4 PM, Georgetown Public Library, 10 West Pine Street, Georgetown

·         Dec. 14 – 6 to 8 PM, DNREC Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover                                                                                                

Eligible applicants include Delaware schools, colleges, universities, municipalities, not-for-profit organizations (scouting troops, churches, etc.), civic associations, and other community organizations. Applicants are encouraged to establish cooperative partnerships with other parties, including private industry. For directions to workshop locations, or to request an application packet or general information about the grant program, please contact Bill Miller, Environmental Scientist, Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Branch, at (302) 739-9403 or you may download an application at: http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/DNREC2000/Divisions/AWM/hw/wrrr/recgrants.htm.  More information is also available at: /awm/newsStory.asp?PRID=2283.

 

December 20 – Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC) Meeting will be held at 1:30 PM at the Brandywine Hundred Library in northern Wilmington. Likely topics for the agenda will be SB 225 and the upcoming legislative session, and an update on the yard waste ban. A formal agenda will be available closer to the meeting date. For more information, please contact Bill Miller, Environmental Scientist, Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Branch, at (302) 739-9403, or visit: /Recycling.htm. All RPAC meetings are open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend.

 

Documents Available for Public Comment or Appeal

 

NOTIFICATION OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD REGARDING THE SIGNING OF A BROWNFIELDS DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT (BDA) FOR THE DELAWARE HUMANE SOCIETY SITE IN WILMINGTON

Notice Start Date: 11/15/2006 Notice End Date: 12/05/2006

DNREC's Site Investigation and Restoration Branch (DNREC-SIRB) negotiated a BDA with SouthBank Associates, LLC for the Delaware Humane Society site, located at 701A Street in Wilmington, Delaware. The site is currently owned by the Delaware Humane Society and may contain hazardous substances as a result of its past industrial use.

 

DNREC invites written public comments on this BDA. The public comment period began on November 15, 2006 and will close at the end of the business day (4:30 PM) on December 5, 2006. Written comments should be submitted to Tunde Asere @ DNREC-SIRB's address listed above.  A copy of the BDA is available at the office of DNREC–SIRB, 391 Lukens Drive, New Castle, DE 19720.  For more information, please contact the DNREC-SIRB Project Manager, Tunde Asere at (302) 395-2600, or visit: http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/dnreceis/redirect.asp?ID=2142&MsgType=P.

 

TITLE V PERMIT RENEWAL APPLICATION FOR PERDUE FARMS IN GEORGETOWN

Notice Start Date: 11/26/2006 Notice End Date: 12/26/2006

Perdue Farms Incorporated has submitted a request for a Title V permit renewal pursuant to Regulation No. 30, Section 7 for their facility located at 20621 Savannah Road, Georgetown, Delaware. Section 7 of the State Operating Permit Program pertains to permit issuance, renewal, re-openings and revisions. Based on the data and certifications contained in the application, the Air Quality Management Section concludes that the applicant meets all applicable requirements promulgated by the USEPA and DNREC. Therefore a "draft" permit renewal has been prepared.  The "draft" permit renewal added new regulatory requirements for diesel generators, deleted two (2) cold solvent cleaners, and revised some regulatory language.

 

A public hearing concerning the permitting action will not be held unless the Secretary of DNREC receives a request for such hearing by December 26, 2006. The application, the "draft" permit renewal all materials that the applicant has submitted (other than those granted confidential treatment under DNREC rules), and a copy of summary of other materials, if any, considered in preparing the "draft" permit renewal may be inspected at the offices of the Division of Air and Waste Management, 156 S. State Street, Dover, Delaware and 715 Grantham Lane, New Castle, Delaware.  To submit comments, for additional information or for an appointment to inspect the application, please contact Joanna Austin at the Dover Office at (302) 739-9402, or visit: http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/dnreceis/redirect.asp?ID=2153&MsgType=P.

 

TITLE V PERMIT RENEWAL APPLICATION FOR DOVER AIR FORCE BASE

Notice Start Date: 12/03/2006 Notice End Date: 1/02/2007

Dover Air Force Base, located at Route 113 and Route 10, has submitted a request for a permit renewal pursuant to Regulation No. 30, Section 7 for an operating permit. Section 7 of the State Operating Permit Program pertains to permit issuance, renewal, re-openings and revisions. Based on the data and certifications contained in the application, DNREC’s Air Quality Management Section concludes that the applicant meets all applicable requirements promulgated by the USEPA and DNREC.

 

A public hearing concerning the permitting action will not be held unless the Secretary of DNREC receives a request for such hearing by January 2, 2007.  The application, the "draft" permit renewal, all materials that the applicant has submitted (other than those granted confidential treatment under DNREC rules), and a copy of summary of other materials, if any, considered in preparing the "draft" permit renewal may be inspected at the offices of the Division of Air and Waste Management, 156 S. State Street, Dover, Delaware and 715 Grantham Lane, New Castle, Delaware. To submit comments, for additional information, or for an appointment to inspect the application, please contact Joanna Austin at the Dover Office at (302) 739-9402. More information is also available at: http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/dnreceis/redirect.asp?ID=2159&MsgType=P.

 

TITLE V PERMIT RENEWAL APPLICATION FOR THE PREMCOR REFINING GROUP, INC.

Notice Start Date: 12/03/2006 Notice End Date: 1/03/2007

The Premcor Refining Group, Inc. – Delaware City Terminal, having a facility at River Road and J Street, has submitted a request for permit renewal pursuant to Regulation No. 30, Section 7.  Section 7 of the State Operating Permit Program pertains to permit issuance, renewal, re-openings and revisions. Based on the data and certifications contained in the application, the Air Quality Management Section concludes that the applicant meets all applicable requirements promulgated by the USEPA and DNREC. Therefore a "draft" permit renewal has been prepared.

 

A public hearing concerning the permitting action will not be held unless the Secretary of DNREC receives a request for such hearing by January 3, 2007. The application and the "draft" permit renewal may be inspected at the offices of the Division of Air and Waste Management, 156 S. State Street, Dover, Delaware and 715 Grantham Lane, New Castle, Delaware.  To submit comments, for additional information or for an appointment to inspect the application, please contact Joanna Austin at the Dover Office at 739 9402.  More information is also available at: http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/dnreceis/redirect.asp?ID=2160&MsgType=P.

Contact the Division

  • 24-Hour Report and Spill Notification Line - 1-800-662-8802
  • Aboveground Storage Tanks - 302-395-2500
  • Air Quality - Dover Office - 302-739-9402
  • Air Quality - New Castle Office - 302-323-4542
  • Asbestos New Castle - 302-323-4542
  • Asbestos Kent & Sussex - 302-739-9402
  • Boiler Safety - 302-744-2735
  • Brownfields - 302-395-2600
  • Director’s Office - 302-739-9400
  • Emergency Prevention and Response - 302-739-9404
  • Enforcement - 302-739-9401 or 1-800-662-8802
  • Hazardous Waste - 302-739-9403
  • Medical Waste - 302-739-9403
  • Open Burning - 302-739-9402
  • Outreach Ombudsman - 302-395-2515
  • Recycling - 302-739-9403
  • Site Investigation & Restoration Branch (Superfund/Brownfields) - 302-395-2600
  • Solid Waste - 302-739-9403
  • Underground Storage Tanks - 302-395-2500

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