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UST CLOSURE ASSISTANCE: DNREC's 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. 

Non-WHS related cleanup and disposal programs:

ADVISORY: Artesian Water Company and the City of New Castle Municipal Services Commission have detected perfluorooctanoic sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in public water supply wells in the New Castle County Airport area that are above the U.S. EPA’s 2016 lifetime health advisory level of 0.07 parts per billion. Public public drinking water in the area is treated to remove the contaminants. More information is available at PFAS Fact Sheet New Castle Public Supply Wells (includes PFOS/PFOA).

ADVISORY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Jan. 9 that it will list the Newark South Groundwater Plume site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in the Federal Register Jan. 18. The listing allows EPA to use Superfund authority and resources to work with DNREC to help resolve groundwater concerns in the project area and determine the sources of contamination there. More information is available on the Newark South Groundwater Plume Site.

ADVISORY:  The EPA also announced Jan. 9 that it will propose the Hockessin Groundwater Site for listing on the NPL in the Federal Register Jan. 18. The proposed listing will allow EPA to use Superfund authority and resources to work with DNREC to help resolve groundwater concerns in the Hockessin area. Information is available on the Hockessin Groundwater Site.

ADVISORY: DNREC has been working with the Underground Storage Tank Advisory Committee (USTAC) this year to develop amendments to Delaware’s Underground Storage Tank Regulations. The last meeting was held June 28 at which time the USTAC provided DNREC comments on the most recent draft of the amendments. Since then DNREC has received written comments from USTAC members and submitted a draft of the changes to the U.S. EPA, dated Aug. 10, 2017. DNREC has also scheduled the next two USTAC meetings for Thursday, Nov. 16 and Wednesday, Jan. 24 2018, both from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meetings will be held at DNREC’s New Castle Office located at 391 Lukens Drive, New Castle, 19720. The Nov. 16 meeting will include discussion of DNREC’s responses to the USTAC’s written comments. The Jan. 24, 2018 meeting will include discussion of DNREC’s responses to EPA’s comments, which DNREC expects to receive in December.

For questions, or to provide feedback on the most recent draft of the amendments dated Aug. 10, please send an email to or call Alex Rittberg at 302-395-2500. Meeting materials from previous meetings, as well as the most recent version of the draft changes to the Underground Storage Tank Regulations, can be found here.

UPDATE: DNREC has finalized the Proposed Amendments to the AST Regulations as published in the April 1, 2017 State Register of Regulations. The new regulations are now in effect. 

NOW AVAILABLE: DNREC's recycling team offers free onsite waste assessment to schools and businesses to assist with the Universal Recycling requirements. For more information about Universal Recycling, please visit the Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances website or call the Recycling Team at 302-739-9403, ext. 8. All commercial businesses in Delaware are now required to participate in the comprehensive Universal Recycling Program. 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. Information about a new Delaware Organics Task Force can be found here.

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Other Topics of Interest: 

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released an Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) Report for a Removal Action to address contaminated soil and groundwater at the Millsboro TCE Superfund Site located in Millsboro, Sussex County, Delaware. For more information on the EE/CA and the site, please see EPA's fact sheet here.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues its cleanup effort at the Standard Chlorine of Delaware Superfund Site, also known as the Metachem Site, located in New Castle County, Delaware. EPA has been cleaning up the site in four separate parts called "operable units" or OUs. In early 2016, the EPA announced a proposed Record of Decision (ROD) Amendment for addressing off-site contaminated soils at the site, referred to as Operable Unit 2 (OU-2). More information regarding the EPA's OU-2 Proposed Plan for the ROD Amendment is available here.
  • 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 completed the Phase II regional environmental study of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) across the State of Delaware. More information and the Phase II Report, please click here.
  • Watershed Approach to Toxics Assessment and Remediation  (WATAR) is a watershed-scale approach to the evaluation of contaminant sources, transport pathways and receptors. More information is available here 
  • Annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data now available; decrease in emissions continues in Delaware. Toxics Release Inventory update with latest state emissions figures
  • 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.

Additional information? For more information, visit All (A-Z List)…, an alphabetical list of links to Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances topics.

All (A-Z List)…
Alphabetical list of links to Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances topics.

Including information about on how to properly recycle or dispose of solid, infectious and hazardous waste – from hazardous chemicals to tires; cleanup of dumps, and waste regulation.

Environmental Enforcement
Enforcement-related information about land, water and air.

Hazardous Substances
Information about hazardous substances and their sources – from arsenic to MTBE.


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