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Dover mortuary officials punished for retaliating against whistleblowers

Washington Post
By Craig Whitlock, Published: May 21

The Air Force said Monday that it had fined the former commander of the Dover Air Force Base mortuary $7,000 and suspended his top deputy for 20 days without pay for retaliating against whistleblowers, but it allowed both men to keep their jobs.

The punishment came in response to an independent federal investigation that concluded the mortuary’s leadership had wrongfully tried to fire two subordinates after they reported missing body parts, lax management and other problems at the base that handles America’s war dead. […]

GreenDel Alert: DuPont fined $750,000 for waste violations

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection fines DuPont $750,000, but ….

The ongoing nightmare of Chambers Works

Most people probably know that the DuPont Company  (formally E. I. duPont de Nemours & Co.), at the New Jersey end of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, at its Chambers Works site (DuPont Company Chambers Works website) , operates one of largest hazardous waste facilities in the US. 

Essentially it’s made up of a hazardous waste landfill (dump) and a wastewater treatment plant discharging into the Delaware River. 

Nasty industrial waste from all over the US, and sometimes from overseas, comes to South Jersey to be "treated" and then dumped, either on land or into the river.   DuPont calls it "Secure Environmental Treatment."  We call it a disgrace.

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Text from Gov. Markell’s office on "fracking"

[Comment:  Markell had been dodging and weaving on this issue for months.  There’s no way he would have stalled fracking in the Delaware River basin—the DRBC meeting has been cancelled as the drilling industry doesn’t have the votes right now—without a lot of effective organizing.  A key underlying problem is that fracking has been exempted from the Clean Water Act.


"Fracking" Proposal Currently Lacks Sufficient Health and Safety Protections

Delaware will vote "No" at Monday meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission

WILMINGTON — The proposed regulations that would authorize drilling and hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") to begin in the Delaware River Basin lack critical details on how public health and safety would be protected, Governor Jack Markell wrote today in a letter to the other voting members of the Delaware River Basin Commission.

In the letter, Markell made clear that Delaware’s representative would vote against the Natural Gas Development Regulations at the Commission’s meeting in Trenton this Monday.

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Occupy Delaware offers some hope. March Saturday in Wilmington

"Occupy Delaware is like every other occupation group in America: fed up, mad as hell and just not gonna take it anymore."

"The People’s March" on Saturday, November 12th at noon in Spencer Plaza in Wilmington, DE. Let YOUR voice be heard and support free speech. The plan is to march from Spencer Plaza to Rodney Square and back to Spencer again.

We’d like to hear your thoughts.   Here are some from Alan Muller:
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Occupy Delaware vs Jack Markell?

Perhaps the main positive development in our grim political situation is the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The Occupy Delaware branch of this can be found at:!/OccupyDelaware

We don’t know where this is going, but let’s hope.

Occupy Delaware selects protest site

From: "Phillip Bannowsky" <>

To: "Phillip Bannowsky"
Subject: Occupy Delaware permit in Markel’s hands
Just a phone call can help put economic justice on the agenda in Delaware.
As you may know, the permit for Occupy Delaware is being handled by the Governor’s office. Last night the General Assembly of OD voted to do their best to address the Governor’s concerns, but they are determined to start the occupation of H. Fletcher Brown Park in Wilmington this Saturday. Now is the time to bring a little political influence to bear on Markel, so OD is encouraging a campaign to call Markel at (302) 577-3210 and ask him to OK the permit.
Call Governor Jack Markell! Tell him to support democracy by approving the application by Occupy Delaware to use H. Fletcher Brown Park.

(302) 577-3210
Call today! Spread the word!

A grim week for air quality in Delaware—and worse to come

Delaware is experiencing an ongoing "dangerous weather situation."

Monday (7/18/11):                official Code Orange day
Tuesday (7/19/11)                Code Yellow day (Delaware does not announce Code Yellow days)
Wednesday (7/20/11)           official Code Orange day
Thursday (7/21/11)               official Code Orange day
Friday (7/22/11)                    official Code Orange day

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"Calls Mount to Investigate Bush Era Officials for Torture"


By Naseema Noor

WASHINGTON, Jul 12, 2011 (IPS) – Senior officials under the former George W. Bush administration knowingly authorised the torture of terrorism suspects held under United States custody, a Human Right Watch (HRW) report released here Tuesday revealed

Titled "Getting Away with Torture", the 107-page report presents a plethora of evidence that HRW says warrants criminal investigations against former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director George Tenet and Bush himself, among others.

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More bad air alerts: Where does the bad air really come from?

Shouldn’t it be safe for young children to play outside in the summertime?

From the Delaware Department of Natural Resources (assembled from recent emails):

Code Orange Levels of Ozone Forecasted for Saturday, July 2, 2011

Code Orange Levels of Ozone Forecasted for Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Code Orange air quality forecast for ozone is a level of pollution that can be unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as young children, the elderly, and those with heart and/or respiratory conditions. Such persons should limit outdoor activities, especially those that require a high level of exertion. Continue reading