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Air and Waste News in Delaware, 8/26/08

 

 

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!

Suggestions?  Additions?  Please e-mail Christina.Wirtz@state.de.us, or call (302) 395-2600. Published by DNREC Division of Air and Waste Management; Web Site: www.awm.delaware.gov.

News Updates

Tube Fails and Casing Ruptures at One of Valero’s Carbon Monoxide Boilers at Delaware City Refinery A tube failure in the refinery’s fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) carbon monoxide boiler (COB) occurred on August 14, 2008. In addition, the COB casing was ruptured during this incident, causing fugitive dust emissions around the COB. DNREC is currently investigating the incident. For more information on the incident at the refinery, please contact the Division’s site engineers, Ravi Rangan and Bruce Steltzer, at (302) 323-4542.

DNREC Offers Recycling Assistance Grants for Schools, Municipalities, Non-Profits DNREC is now accepting applications for Recycling Assistance Grants for the FY09 grant year. Applications must be submitted no later than Sept. 19, 2008. Grant awards will be announced in October 2008, and projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2009. DNREC developed the grant program in conjunction with the Recycling Public Advisory Council to enhance Delaware’s recycling efforts by empowering Delawareans to develop or expand innovative waste reduction, reuse, and/or recycling projects tailored to community needs. A total of $50,000 in grant funding is available in FY09.  Public information workshops were held at locations throughout the state. The remaining public workshop will be held at 6 PM on Aug. 27 at the Georgetown Public Library on 10 West Pine Street in Georgetown. DNREC staff is available to provide technical and administrative assistance. For more information, please contact Bill Miller at 302-739-9403, or via email at bill.miller@state.de.us.  Applications can be downloaded from DNREC’s website at www.awm.delaware.gov/Pages/Recycling.aspx  (click “Recycling Grants”).

Upcoming Air and Waste-Related Hearings, Meetings & Events

September Meetings of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs)  The LEPCs were appointed by the Delaware State Emergency Response Commission. The LEPC provides a forum for interaction and information sharing among businesses, government officials, emergency organizations, and the public. Meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

For more information, please contact Shannon Splittorff at (302) 739-9405, or visit: http://www.serc.delaware.gov/.  Information is also available at http://www.serc.delaware.gov/event.shtml.

September 12 Brownfields Advisory Committee Meeting will meet from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the DNREC field office located at 391 Lukens Drive in New Castle. The committee provides input to the Division regarding brownfields-related issues. For additional information, please contact Christina Wirtz at (302) 395-2600, or visit: http://www.delaware.gov/eGov/Calendar.nsf/Meetings/5E949AC304AA281D852574910049ED4E?open.

September 17 – Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC) Meeting will be held at 1:30 PM at the Delaware Public Archives, 121 Duke of York Street in Dover. RPAC meets monthly to discuss recycling matters in Delaware. For more information on RPAC, please contact Bill Miller at (302) 739-9403 or visit: http://www.awm.delaware.gov/Info/Pages/RPAC.aspx.

September 22 – Public Hearing on Regulation No. 1147 – Carbon Dioxide Budget Trading Program will be held at 6:00 PM in the DNREC Auditorium, Richardson and Robbins Building at 89 Kings Highway in Dover. The proposed new regulation will establish Delaware's portion of a multi-state Carbon Dioxide (CO2) cap-and trade program.  The cap-and-trade program was developed by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which is a cooperative effort among the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.  The purpose of the cap-and-trade program is to reduce the emissions of CO2 from power plants.  CO2 is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. The proposed regulation and amendments may be inspected at the DNREC’s offices located at 156 South State Street in Dover, or on Air Quality Management’s website at: http://www.awm.delaware.gov/Info/Regs/Pages/RGGI.aspx. For additional information or an appointment to inspect the proposed regulation or amendments, please contact Valerie Gray in Dover at (302) 739-9402, or at valerie.gray@state.de.us. Additional information is also available at:  http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Lists/Public%20Notices/DispForm.aspx?ID=108&Source=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ednrec%2Edelaware%2Egov%2FLists%2FPublic%2520Notices%2FAllItems%2Easpx.

September 23 Public Hearing on Delaware’s Proposed Visibility State Implementation Plan (SIP) will be held at 6:00 PM in the Priscilla Building Conference Room, 156 South State Street, Dover.  The Clean Air Act (CAA) mandates protection of visibility in Class I federal areas, such as national parks, forests and wilderness areas.  Pursuant to federal rules, states are required to develop a series of SIPs to reduce visibility impairment, with the express intent that by 2064 the visibility in the Class I areas will be returned to natural conditions.  This proposed SIP is the first in this process, and it establishes that Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey is the only Class I area that Delaware significantly impacts (Delaware does not have any Class I areas).  In addition, Delaware will directly benefit from this and similar actions being taken in other states, as the same pollutants that reduce visibility in these Class I federal areas also impact the air quality in all portions of Delaware.  For additional information, please contact Jack Sipple, at (302) 739-9402, or visit: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/News/Pages/DNRECtoHoldSept23PublicHearingonPlantoImproveVisibilityinDesignatedFederalAreas.aspx.

October 5 Coast Day 2008 will be held from 11 AM to 5 PM at the University of Delaware Hugh R. Sharp Campus located at 700 Pilottown Road in Lewes. The event is hosted by UD’s College of Marine and Earth Studies and the Delaware Sea Grant College program. This year marks DNREC’s 32nd year showcasing environmental programs and activities at Coast Day. For more information on Coast Day events, please contact Melanie Rapp at (302) 739-9902.

Documents Available for Public Comment or Appeal

The Division’s Brownfields Development Program encourages the cleanup and redevelopment of vacant, abandoned or underutilized properties which may be contaminated. A party seeking to develop such a property negotiates with the Division's Site Investigation and Restoration Branch (SIRB) for a Brownfields Development Agreement (BDA) or a Brownfields Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) Agreement to perform an investigation and, if necessary, a remedial action or remedy, for the purpose of addressing the risks posed by past releases of hazardous substances at these sites. A BDA is only available to parties that are not current site owners. The Brownfields VCP Agreement is available to Brownfields site owners, who, although not contributors to the contamination, may already be liable as a potentially responsible party for the site. The VCP Agreement provides a mechanism to remediate contamination while developing the Brownfields site, and receive liability protection for past releases of hazardous substances at the site. For site-specific information on the following sites, please see SIRB’s superfund site files database at: http://docs.dnrec.delaware.gov/sirbsitefiles.cfm. 

NOTIFICATION OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD REGARDING THE SIGNING OF A BROWNFIELDS DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT SIRB negotiated a Brownfields Development Agreement with Mr. Michael Sparco regarding the 00 Mount Vernon Street Property. The site consists of about 0.47+/- acres, located at 00 Mount Vernon Street in Smyrna, Delaware. As a result of past industrial use, including use as a coal silo and a wood storage facility, a release of hazardous substances, such as arsenic and PAHs, may have occurred at the site.  DNREC invites written public comments on this BDA. The public comment period began on August 18, 2008 and will close at the end of the business day (4:30 p.m.) on September 8, 2008. Written comments should be submitted to Rick Galloway at SIRB's address listed above. A copy of the BDA is available at the SIRB office located at 391 Lukens Drive in New Castle, DE 19720, or on the web at: http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/dnrec2000/Divisions/AWM/sirb/  under the subject “Announcements.”  For more information, please contact Rick Galloway at (302) 395-2600, or visit: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Lists/Public%20Notices/DispForm.aspx?ID=102&Source=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ednrec%2Edelaware%2Egov%2FLists%2FPublic%2520Notices%2FAllItems%2Easpx.

PROPOSED PLAN OF REMEDIAL ACTION FOR THE DELAWARE & VAN BUREN SITE IN WILMINGTON  SIRB announced the Proposed Plan of Remedial Action for the Delaware & Van Buren site. The 1.64 acre site is bounded by Delaware Avenue, Van Buren Street, Gilpin Avenue, and N. Jackson Street in Wilmington. The property contained residences and apartment buildings from 1901 until 1965, and then an office building from 1965 until 2000. In 2000, the building was demolished. The site is currently used as a parking lot for residents and commuters. The site is being developed as a CVS Pharmacy and retail store. A copy of the Proposed Plan is available at the Wilmington Library or at the office of SIRB, 391 Lukens Drive in New Castle. The Proposed Plan is also posted on the SIRB website at http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/dnrec2000/Divisions/AWM/sirb/ under the subject “Announcements.” DNREC invites written comments on the Proposed Plan. The public comment period began on August 25, 2008 and will close on September 19, 2008. Written comments should be submitted to Wendy March at SIRB’s address listed above. For additional information, please contact Wendy March at (302) 395-2600, or visit: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Lists/Public%20Notices/DispForm.aspx?ID=110&Source=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ednrec%2Edelaware%2Egov%2FPages%2Fdefault%2Easpx.

FINAL PLAN OF REMEDIAL ACTION FOR THE FORMER STAR BUILDING PROPERTY SITE IN WILMINGTON  SIRB adopted the Proposed Plan of Remedial Action as the Final Plan of Remedial Action for the Former Star Building Property site. The 3-acre site is located in Wilmington south of the Amtrak Rail Line near the intersection of Justison and West Streets. The site is currently vacant.  However, environmental contamination occurred at the site as a result of its past use, including for railcar and steel manufacturing and historic filling activities.  The site soils contain elevated levels of arsenic, lead and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)  including benzo(a)anthracene, benzo(a)pyrene, benzo(b)fluoranthene, dibenz(a,h)anthracene, indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene. The site owner plans to build a large commercial office building and associated asphalt parking lot with some landscaping.  DNREC invited written comments on the Proposed Plan. The public comment period began on July 13, 2008 and closed on August 4, 2008.  DNREC did not receive any comments to the Proposed Plan. The public may appeal the Final Plan by August 30, 2008. Copies of the Proposed and Final Plans are available at the Wilmington Library or at the office of SIRB, 391 Lukens Drive, New Castle, DE 19720. The Final Plan is also posted on SIRB’s website at: http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/dnrec2000/Divisions/AWM/sirb/  under the subject “Announcements.”  For additional information, please contact Rick Galloway or Robert Newsome at (302) 395-2600, or visit: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Lists/Public%20Notices/DispForm.aspx?ID=96&Source=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ednrec%2Edelaware%2Egov%2FLists%2FPublic%2520Notices%2FAllItems%2Easpx.

FINAL PLAN OF REMEDIAL ACTION FOR THE BURNS AND MCBRIDE SITE IN WILMINGTON  SIRB adopted the Proposed Plan of Remedial Action as the Final Plan of Remedial Action for the Burns and McBride site. The site is located at intersection of South Market and A Street in Wilmington. The site is 1.29 acres in size with surrounding commercial and residential land use. The developer wants to develop the site for commercial and/or residential purposes. The property was operated as a gasoline station and a heating oil supplier. In 1984, No. 2 heating oil spilled from an onsite aboveground storage tank. Historical use of surrounding properties includes leather operations and a carriage works. Copies of the Proposed and Final Plans are available at the Wilmington Library or at the office of SIRB, 391 Lukens Drive in New Castle. The Proposed and Final Plans are also posted on SIRB’s website at http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/dnrec2000/Divisions/AWM/sirb/ under the subject “Announcements.” DNREC invited written comments on the Proposed Plan. The public comment period began on July 23, 2008 and closed on August 11, 2008. DNREC did not receive any comments to the Proposed Plan. The public may appeal the Final Plan by Sept. 13. For additional information, please contact Morgan Price or Robert Newsome at (302) 395-2600 or visit: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Lists/Public%20Notices/DispForm.aspx?ID=114&Source=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ednrec%2Edelaware%2Egov%2FPages%2Fdefault%2Easpx.

TITLE V SYNTHETIC MINOR PERMIT APPLICATIONS  Notice has been given that the facilities listed below have applied for Title V Synthetic Minor permits. The applications may be reviewed at the office of the Division of Air and Waste Management, 156 S. State Street, Dover, Delaware, or 715 Grantham Lane, New Castle, Delaware. For additional information, or for an appointment to review the applications, please contact Joanna Austin at the Dover Office at (302) 739-9402.  A public hearing on the following application will NOT be held unless the Secretary of DNREC receives a request for that application by Sept. 10, 2008:

TITLE V PERMIT MODIFICATION APPLICATION  Notice has been given that the facility listed below has applied for a Title V Permit Modification permit. The application may be reviewed at the office of the Division of Air and Waste Management, 156 S. State Street, Dover, Delaware, or 715 Grantham Lane, New Castle, Delaware. For additional information, or for an appointment to review the application, please contact Joanna Austin at the Dover Office at (302) 739-9402.  A public hearing on the following application will NOT be held unless the Secretary of DNREC receives a request for that application by September 16, 2008:

  • Dassault Falcon Jet, having a facility at 191 North DuPont Highway in New Castle, has submitted a request for significant permit modification pursuant to Regulation No. 30, Section 7. 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/proposed significant permit modification has been prepared. This modification eliminates the facility-wide limit on hand-wipe solution use, adds provisions for exempting specialty coating from some VOC content restrictions, changes the name of the responsible official, and updates permit conditions to current standards. The permit renewal is being submitted to EPA for concurrent processing. If there are no significant comments, the permit renewal will be issued as a final permit after expiration of the EPA review period. For more information on the permit renewal, please visit: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Lists/Public%20Notices/DispForm.aspx?ID=100&Source=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ednrec%2Edelaware%2Egov%2FLists%2FPublic%2520Notices%2FAllItems%2Easpx&RootFolder=%2FLists%2FPublic%20Notices

Employee News

Many kudos to the Division’s Environmental Crimes Unit Officer Matt Chamberlain and other DNREC staff who participated recently in forest fire fighting efforts in California. They received a letter of commendation from a “Hot Shot” U.S. Forest Service firefighter, praising them for their teamwork, safety orientation, hard work and can-do spirit. Kudos also to the Division’s Site Investigation and Remediation Branch Project Manager John Cargill, IV and Parks’ Project Engineer, Phil Gallo, for their contributions to the article in The News Journal that featured remediation of Fox Point State Park – Phase II.  The article reflected the teamwork that was the project hallmark.

Congratulations to Terrence Knight, Enforcement Officer with the Division’s Environmental Crimes Unit, who was just newly sworn in yesterday morning!  Congratulations also to Alexa Fausey, of the Boiler Safety Division, and Paul Foster of the Division’s Air Quality Management Section, Engineering & Compliance, who both celebrated 10-year anniversaries with DNREC in August.

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
  • Environmental Crimes Unit - 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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