o Call into WDEL, Al Mascitti Show, after 10:00 on Thursday, Aug 22nd. Ask your questions and share your thoughts on the tire/plastics incinerator in New Castle.
o Call on Gov. Markell and DNREC Secretary Collin Omara to publish a proper public notice and press release about the extended incinerator comment period.
Send comments to Collin. OMara@state.de.us, Michelle.Jacobs@state.de.us, firstname.lastname@example.org
O’Mara’s office phone: 302.739.9000 Markell’s office: 302.577.3210
o Get your comments on why the incinerator is an incinerator ready for the Sept 9th deadline (detailed suggestions upcoming on this).
There are actually three incinerators in Delaware, going through the official process intended to conclude that an incinerator is not an incinerator.
The first of these is the “Renew Oil” tire and plastics burner proposed in the City of New Castle, DE. The public comment period on this has been extended to September 9, 2013.
The other two schemes are from “Renewable Oil International” and proposed to be located in Seaford, Delaware, and Millsboro, Delaware.
The so-far-received FOIA documents for these are located here:
FOIA Response Docs – emails
The applications to the State of Delaware for an “Incinerator Ban Applicability Status Decision” are here:
Seaford: Renewable Oil International DE LLC – Seaford Site
Millsboro: Renewable Oil International DE LLC – Millsboro Site
A very dubious organization, “Renew Oil,” is trying to build a tire/plastics incinerator at 78 MuCullough Drive in New Castle. Keeping pollution-belching incinerators out of Delaware has long been a priority and new incinerators are essentially not legal in Delaware, because they are not allowed within three miles of the property boundary of any school, church, park, hospital, or residence. Continue reading
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New incinerators are effectively illegal in Delaware because:
” (2) No permit may be granted to any incinerator unless: […] b. Every point on the property boundary line of the property on which the incinerator is or would be located is:
1. At least 3 miles from every point on the property boundary line of any residence;
2. At least 3 miles from every point on the property boundary line of any residential community; and
3. At least 3 miles from every point on the property boundary line of any church, school, park, or hospital.”
(7 Del C Chapter 60 §6003 (c) (2))
This law came about because of bad experience with incinerators in Delaware and because incinerators threaten health and are very seldom a good idea for any purpose. Continue reading
Today, Thursday, May 30, 2013, is a Code Orange bad air day for ozone and a Code Yellow bad air day for “fine particles” (PM2.5).
Friday and perhaps Saturday are also expected to be Code Orange for ozone.
Wednesday, May 29th, was Code Yellow for both ozone and particles.
Tuesday, May 28th, was Code Yellow for particles.
So, obviously, Delaware is well into a summer bad air season. Continue reading
When Jack Markell was running for Governor, he put out a “blue book” entitled “ Blueprint for a Better Delaware.”Â It included this: Continue reading
Barbara Brenner , long time leader of Breast Cancer Action, was a hero of the fight against environmentally-related cancer–among many other matters–and a consistent challenger of the profit-oriented “cancer industry” symbolized by the “American Cancer Society” and “Susan G. Komen for the Cure.”
She passed on May 10 at the age of 61 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Continue reading
[Note: Rep. Kowalko has prepared a summary of recent Delmarva Power “rate cases.” Â See previous post.]
Delaware House of Representatives
Rep. John Kowalko
For Immediate Release: Contact: Drew Volturo
April 9, 2013 Work: (302) 744-4001 Cell: (302) 593-5969
Lawmakers oppose delmarva power’s rate increase request
State representatives and advocates voice need to protect Delawarean consumers
WILMINGTON – Declaring that recession-recovering families cannot afford it, lawmakers and advocates representing low-, middle- and fixed-income Delawareans gathered Tuesday to protest Delmarva Power’s latest request to increase electric rates by $42 million. Continue reading
[Prepared by Delaware State Representative John Kowalko]
A look at electric rate increase requests Delmarva Power has made in recent years, the amount approved and the impact on a typical residential customer Continue reading