NEW! DNREC's Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances' Site Investigation and Restoration Section (SIRS) and the Division of Watershed Stewardship's Watershed Assessment and Management Section (WAMS) have recently completed the Phase II regional environmental study of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) across the State of Delaware. PCBs are hazardous manmade industrial chemicals that are no longer manufactured in the U.S., but are nevertheless widespread in the environment as a result of past usage, poor disposal practices, and their slow breakdown. This study compiled information on the presence and levels of PCBs at hazardous substances sites across Delaware and then estimated how PCBs at these sites continue to be released to nearby surface waters. More information and the Phase II Report are available here.
Quick Links and Numbers
- 24-Hour Environmental Complaint and Spill Line:
Accidental Release Prevention Program, designed to prevent releases.
- Emergency Prevention and Response Section, Emergency Response Team and Emergency Services
- Site Investigation and Restoration Section (SIRS) oversees cleanup of sites that were contaminated as a result of past use, from dry cleaners to chemical companies, brownfields to federal superfund sites.
- Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section (SHWMS) is responsible for controlling the storage, transport and disposal of solid, infectious and hazardous waste in Delaware and also coordinates recycling and yard waste management. SHWMS also oversees cleanup from sites that have treated, stored or disposed of hazardous waste onsite, called RCRA Corrective Action.
- Tank Management Section (TMS) oversees the cleanup of leaks from underground and above ground storage tanks and Boilers and Pressure Vessels to protect public safety. In addition, TMS initiated the new Heating Fuel Underground Storage Tank Closure Assistance Program for heating fuel UST systems of 1,100 gallons or less used to store fuel to heat the premises where they are located.
Other non-WHS related cleanup and disposal programs:
NOW ONLINE: “Environmental Protection Matters” Read the fall issue from DNREC's Office of Environmental Protection, which includes the Divisions of Air Quality, Energy & Climate, Water, and Waste & Hazardous Substances. Articles in this issue include: "The Big Clean at Little Mill Creek," regarding the recently completed Phase II Flood Risk Mitigation project in New Castle County. Buying a new car soon? Then, don't miss: "Rolling Out Delaware's New Clean Transportation Incentive Program" and "What Does the New Clean Transportation Incentive Program Do?" Or with the onset of fall, perhaps you're cleaning up yard waste this weekend? Then be sure to check: "New Hours at the Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste Site." Also included: "Sweeping the Benefits of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act" and "Recycling by the Numbers."
RECYCLING NEWS: All commercial businesses in Delaware are now required to participate in the comprehensive Universal Recycling Program, effective January 1, 2014. This includes for-profit and not-for profit retail or wholesale stores, offices, food service establishments, warehouses, and other manufacturing, industrial or processing activities, and institutions such as social, charitable, educational, healthcare, professional and government services. Learn more about recycling in Delaware including where and how to recycle – bottle returns, composting, recycling grants, and the Recycling Public Advisory Committee.
Other Topics of Interest:
- Approval of Final Plan of Remedial Action for the 29984 Pinnacle Way Site (DE-1555), aka Vlasic/Pinnacle Pickle Plant near Millsboro, Sussex County – DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara signed the Secretary's Order on December 24, 2013 approving the Proposed Plan of Remedial Action as the Final Plan of Remedial Action for the site. The Secretary’s Order, the Legal Notice for the Order, the Final Plan of Remedial Action, and the Hearing Officer’s Report can be found here. For questions regarding the Final Plan of Remedial Action, please contact DNREC's Site Investigation and Restoration Section at (302) 395-2600. For questions relating to the Order, the Hearing Officer’s Report, or any other actions relating to the facility, please contact the Secretary’s Office at (302) 739-9000.
- Annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data now available; decrease in emissions continues in Delaware. Toxics Release Inventory update with latest state emissions figures
- Brownfields: Study quantifies economic benefits of Delaware's brownfields program For more information: Read the Delaware brownfields study
- Delaware Brownfields Marketplace is an interactive database that contains a list of market-ready brownfield sites available for redevelopment in Delaware.
- Delaware Groundwater Management Zones (GMZs): A GMZ is a delineated land area adjacent to and including a contaminated site where DNREC has determined that new drinking water wells must be restricted in order to protect public health and safety. For more information on GMZs in Delaware, please click here.
Other topics? For more information, visit All (A-Z List)…, an alphabetical list of links to Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances topics.