The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has awarded more than $27,000 in grants to seven businesses, non-profit organizations and agencies for pollution prevention projects. The cost-share funding was made available by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Delaware Pollution Prevention Project grant.
The grants were awarded based on the project’s effort to encourage source reduction and actively reduce pollution of Delaware’s air, water and land, said Crystal Nagyiski, manager of DNREC's Pollution Prevention Program.
Grant funding and their recipients were:
• $4965 to Daniel Metzgar Trucking, L.L.C., Newark, to install an auxiliary power unit on a diesel powered tractor trailer truck. This project will reduce truck emissions, conserve fuel and comply with anti-idling laws.
• $5000 to Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity, Dover, to implement a construction site material recycling project. This project will reduce the amount of construction debris disposed in landfills by recycling wastes into usable materials.
• $2400 to the Division of Water Resources (DNREC) to install a vial crusher. This project will reduce the amount of solid wastes disposed in the laboratory.
• $5000 to the Division of Parks and Recreation, Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes, to install a tankless water heater system within a Parks bathhouse. This project will reduce energy consumption.
Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity in Dover was among the P2 grant recipients for 2008
• $4774 to BHR Transportation, Lincoln, to install an auxiliary power unit on a diesel powered tractor trailer truck. This project will reduce truck emissions, conserve fuel and comply with anti-idling laws.
• $2500 to Christiana Care Health Services, Newark, to implement a community medication take-back program. This project will establish a medication return and disposal program at three Christiana Care pharmacies, educate the public about the water quality hazards from flushing medications, and enhance public and patient safety.
• $2500 to Delaware Nature Society, Hockessin, and the Appoquinimink River Association, Middletown, to conduct workshops to prevent stormwater runoff in Townsend. These workshops will be specially designed to provide homeowners with the education and tools needed to implement best management practices to reduce stormwater runoff and conserve water.
DNREC’s Pollution Prevention (P2) program, in addition to funding projects that achieve pollution prevention, is committed to addressing the issue through educational programs, presentations, publications, and partnerships with other organizations working to implement pollution prevention projects in Delaware.