NOW ONLINE: “Environmental Protection Matters” Read the latest 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: "Growing Green in Sussex County," with info on Blue Hen Organics and the REPLENISH project; “Delaware's Revised Septic System Regulations,” on the amazing, 5-year, collaborative effort resulting in the revised regulations; and "Energy and Climate Updates," with current items from the Division of Energy & Climate. Other articles found in this issue include: "Legislatively Speaking," Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section by the Numbers" and "The Cyanide Chasers."
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.
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
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.
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.
Burton Island historical ash disposal site, Indian River Generating Station's Operable Unit 2 (DE-1399) public hearing info is available 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.
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