24-Hour Environmental Complaint and Spill Line
Waste & Hazardous Substances Section and Program Links
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.
- Division of Waste & Hazardous Substance Health and Safety Plan and Manual for WHS employees and contractors performing state-funded work.
Non-WHS related cleanup and disposal programs:
ADVISORY: Information is available on the Newark South Groundwater Plume Site, where DNREC has requested US Environmental Protection Agency assistance in finding the source or sources of contaminants that have required successful treatment for almost two decades of the City of Newark's water supply.
ADVISORY: DNREC's Underground Storage Tank Advisory Committee (USTAC) will hold its next meeting Tuesday, Jan. 24. For additional information or directions to the meeting, please visit the Statewide Meeting Calendar. The following meeting materials may be viewed in advance of the meeting by clicking on the links below:
For questions, or to provide feedback to DNREC on the Initial Draft of the Regulations, please send an email to DNREC_USTRegulations@state.de.us or call Alex Rittberg at 302-395-2500. Information from prior meetings can be found below.
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.
UPDATE: DNREC is in the process of revising the Proposed Amendments to the AST Regulations. A public hearing was held on December 6, 2016 at DNREC’s New Castle Office located at 391 Lukens Drive, New Castle, Delaware. The initial public comment period on the Proposed Amendments closed on December 21, 2016. DNREC expects to have the revisions to the Proposed Amendments available for a second Public Comment from Feb. 1 through March 3. DNREC will provide a link to the Proposed Revisions as soon they become available for review in the State Register of Regulations. For more information on the proposed changes to the regulations, please visit the following links:
Comments on the Proposed Regulations Governing Aboveground Storage Tanks may be emailed to: DNREC_ASTRegulations@state.de.us
FALL ISSUE! "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 feature DNREC's Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section (SHWMS). Read "Universal Recycling Grants Program Update" and review "Recycling in Delaware" for more information on SHWMS' Universal Recycling Grants and Low Interest Loan Program and materials that are acceptable for recycling. Other articles include:
- "Cleaner Cars are Driving Delaware" regarding financial incentives for alternative fuel vehicles and charging equipment;
- "The Problem with PFAS" on the emerging contaminants, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS);
- "EPA Environmental Job Training Success Stories" regarding the terrific West End Neighborhood House and Delaware Tech partnership;
- "Legislative Update" on the recent amendments to the Jeffrey Davis Aboveground Storage Tank Act and Hazardous Substances Cleanup Act; and,
- "Did You Know" on the amazing New Castle County Industrial Hazardous Materials Response Alliance (NCCIHMRA).
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.
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.