House Bill 32, an Act to amend Title 7, Chapter 62, of the Delaware Code relating to oil pollution liability, was signed by Governor Markell on June 6. The bill – sponsored by House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and Senator Nicole Poore, along with Representatives Earl Jaques and John Kowalko, and State Sen. David McBride – updates and streamlines the State’s Oil Pollution Act by eliminating a cap for liability for damages. The legislation also replaces the requirement for a state-issued Certificate of Financial Responsibility (COFR), with one issued by the U.S. Coast Guard to vessels and facilities, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Oil Pollution Act of 1990, to eliminate duplicative state and federal requirements. The legislation can be viewed here. The associated changes to Chapter 62, Sections 6202, 6208, and 6209 can be reviewed here.
NOW ONLINE: "Environmental Protection Matters" Read the latest issue from DNREC's Office of Environmental Protection, which includes the Divisions of Air Quality, Water, and Waste & Hazardous Substances. This issue features Delaware’s New "Lien Legislation" Act, which amendsTitle 7 of the Delaware Code relating to Conservation and Environmental Liens. Also, read about the new "RE-Powering America's Land" Initiative feasibility study completed for the former Metachem site in Delaware. Other articles found in this issue include: "Booming Exercise at Indian River Inlet," "DNREC Funds Clean Diesel Projects Statewide," and "Did You Know? - Fun Facts from DNREC’s Emergency Prevention and Response Section."
NEW! USEPA-NREL Solar Feasibility Study for the former Metachem (aka, Standard Chlorine of Delaware) Superfund Site is now available here. The Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances' Site Investigation and Restoration Section (SIRS) submitted an application to the USEPA in 2011 for a grant to fund the feasibility study. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provided technical assistance for the project. The purpose of the study was to assess the site for a possible photovoltaic (PV) system installation and estimate the cost, performance, and site impacts of different PV options. The study also reviewed financing options that could assist in the implementation of a PV system at the site. For more information on the study, please visit the USEPA’s RE-Powering Feasibility Studies webpage. Click here for more information on the Metachem site.
A public hearing on the proposed plan of remedial action for the Burton Island historical ash disposal site, Indian River Generating Station's Operable Unit 2 (DE-1399), was held on Feb. 7, 2013 in Millsboro. For more information, please click here. NRG's Feasibility Study for Indian River Generating Station's Operable Unit No. 2 - FINAL for Burton Island historical ash disposal area and other related documents are available at the links below:
For more information, please visit the Indian River Generating Station webpage. For additional questions, please contact Gregory DeCowsky, project manager; or Robert Newsome, public information officer, at 302-395-2600.
Visit the Delaware Brownfields Marketplace! The Marketplace is an interactive database that contains a list of market-ready brownfield sites available for redevelopment in Delaware. The inventory is designed to make it easier for potential buyers and developers to locate available Brownfield properties. Brownfield property owners may also submit their properties for potential listing on the Marketplace.
RECYCLING NEWS: All single-family residential customers with trash service already have single-stream, curbside recycling collection service as of September 15, 2011. The most recent universal recycling milestone was Jan. 1, 2013, when waste haulers began providing single-stream recycling service to multi-family residential customers.
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