Final report on forming a regulatory advisory committee and work plan for Coastal Zone Conversion Permits available from DNREC for public review

DOVER – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today that a final report outlining recommendations for the formation and work plan of a regulatory advisory committee (RAC) for Coastal Zone Conversion Permits has been completed and is available to the public.

The report – prepared by the non-profit Consensus Building Institute (CBI) – contains 13 recommendations for DNREC to consider as the Department establishes a regulatory advisory committee to develop regulations for Coastal Zone Conversion Permits. Those recommendations were informed by a series of one-on-one interviews with stakeholders held in October 2017, by two public workshops held last November, and by public comments on the draft document made available in December.

The report, available on the DNREC website at, also contains a list of stakeholders interviewed by CBI, a summary of the public workshops, and a compilation of public comments received on the draft report, among other resources.

HB 190, the Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act, was signed into law by Governor Carney in August 2017. The Act authorizes DNREC to issue permits for construction and operation of new heavy industry uses within 14 existing sites of heavy industry use within the state’s Coastal Zone. It also authorizes DNREC to issue permits for the bulk transfer of products under certain circumstances. The Act requires DNREC to develop and promulgate regulations for the issuance of conversion permits by Oct. 1, 2019.

DNREC will use the recommendations and information contained in the report to guide the formation and work of the regulatory advisory committee. DNREC intends to begin soliciting nominations for committee members in mid-February and anticipates hosting an initial RAC meeting in April.

Media contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 48, No. 22