Quick Links and Numbers
- 24-Hour Environmental Complaint and Spill Line: 1-800-662-8802
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:
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.
NOW ONLINE: “Environmental Protection Matters” Read the spring 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 Emergency Prevention and Response Section (EPRS). Read "EPRS-Ready to Respond," and "DNREC/SERC 9th Annual Hazardous Materials Workshop," as well as "DNREC's ERT by the Numbers" and "The TRI Report" to learn more about the complex programs and amazing work done by the EPRS. Other articles include: "Green Infrastructure: Natural Solutions to Environmental Challenges" and "2015 MLK NCore Station Upgrade." Also, find out what UD students are doing for DNREC and who recently won an award in the "Did You Know?" section.
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. More information and the Phase II Report are available 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.
RECYCLING: 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:
- 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.
Other topics? For more information, visit All (A-Z List)…, an alphabetical list of links to Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances topics.