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Environmental complaints and enforcement actions

ECU badgeThe Division of Air & Waste Management has compiled annually the number of Environmental Enforcement complaints made and actions taken in Delaware from 1995 to the present.

Overall, environmental complaints dropped 6 percent in 2008. Open burning and dumping complaints were each up 16 percent over the previous year. After-hours calls (after 4:30 p.m. weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) made up over 41 percent of the Environmental Crimes Unit's workload for 2008.

Just over 300 complaints were classified in 2008 as ERT (Emergency Response Team) calls. Twelve fugitives with active arrest warrants from other police departments or the courts were apprehended by ECU enforcement officers while investigating environmental offenses.

These statistics are broken down below by county.

 2008
 
Total complaints     3,854
New Castle               2,272
Kent                           740
Sussex                       842
Enforcement actions  227
New Castle                 100
Kent                            50
Sussex                        77
 
2007
 
Total complaints     4,374
New Castle               2,425
Kent                           832
Sussex                    1,117
Enforcement actions  326
New Castle                  104
Kent                             83
Sussex                       139
 

2006
 
Total complaints      4,114
New Castle                2,110
Kent                            864
Sussex                     1,140
Enforcement actions  241
New Castle                   86
Kent                             51
Sussex                       104
 

2005
 
Total complaints      4,043
New Castle                2,128
Kent                            909
Sussex                     1,006
Enforcement actions  289
New Castle                 118
Kent                            75
Sussex                        96
 

2004
 
Total complaints     5,079
New Castle               2,824
Kent                         1,042
Sussex                     1,213
Enforcement actions  525
New Castle                  203
Kent                           164
Sussex                       158


2003
 
Total complaints     5,338
New Castle               3,286
Kent                           864
Sussex                    1,188
Enforcement actions  356
New Castle                  196
Kent                             70
Sussex                         90

2002
 
Total complaints      6,421
New Castle               3,797
Kent                        1,008
Sussex                    1,616
Enforcement actions  440
New Castle                  177
Kent                             93
Sussex                        170

 

2001

Total complaints    6,170
New Castle              2,915
Kent                        1,529
Sussex                    1,726
Enforcement actions  397
New Castle                 127
Kent                           136
Sussex                       134
 
2000
 
Total complaints     6,309
New Castle               3,100
Kent                         1,534 
Sussex                     1,694
Enforcement actions  462
New Castle                  155
Kent                            126
Sussex                        181

1999
 
Total complaints    6,273
New Castle              3,337
Kent                        1,365
Sussex                    1,571
Enforcement actions  571
New Castle                  263
Kent                            131
Sussex                        177


1998
 
Total complaints    6,155
New Castle              2,884
Kent                        1,670
Sussex                    1,601
Enforcement actions  543
New Castle                  205
Kent                            162
Sussex                       176


1997
 
Total complaints     6,320
New Castle               3,355
Kent                         1,365
Sussex                     1,600
Enforcement actions  758
New Castle                  478
Kent                           151
Sussex                       129


1996
 
Total complaints     6,828
New Castle               3,888
Kent                         1,326
Sussex                     1,614
Enforcement actions  602
New Castle                  359
Kent                            127
Sussex                        116


1995
 
Total complaints     6,638
New Castle               3,674
Kent                        1,263
Sussex                    1,701
Enforcement actions  627
New Castle                  380
Kent                            149
Sussex                         98

 

 

 

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