Governor Carney’s Statement on Repeal of Clean Power Plan

WILMINGTON, Del.Governor John Carney on Tuesday issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan. The goal of the Clean Power Plan is to reduce carbon pollution from coal-, oil-, and natural gas-burning power plants, and combat the threat of climate change.

“Delawareans up and down our state are already experiencing the effects of climate change and sea level rise. Delaware is the lowest-lying U.S. state, and 17,000 homes here are at permanent risk of inundation. Rising average temperatures and stronger storms pose risks to our $8 billion agricultural industry and threaten our natural resources. And unchecked air pollution presents health risks for all Delawareans.

“The Clean Power Plan set national targets for carbon emission reductions, but provided flexibility for the states to determine how best to achieve these targets. We have worked hard in Delaware to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and partner with other states in addressing pollution that feeds rapid climate change. This proposed replacement of the Clean Power Plan will make our efforts to reduce carbon pollution more difficult, and will remove a strong incentive for state and federal governments to work together to clean up our air.

“Put simply, it’s a bad idea to abandon any tool we have to fight climate change together. Through the U.S. Climate Alliance, we are already working with states to uphold the goals of the Paris climate agreement. But today, I join leaders across our country in calling on the Trump Administration to abandon this new proposed rule and reinstate the Clean Power Plan so we can provide the global leadership necessary to confront this threat.”

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Governor Carney Urges U.S. EPA to Reconsider Repeal of Clean Power Plan

Governor: “I am here today to state that the rest of the country must follow Delaware’s lead and be part of the solution”

WILMINGTON, Del.Governor John Carney joined Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) at its public meeting on Monday to offer public comment on the Trump Administration’s proposal to repeal the federal Clean Power Plan. The goal of the Clean Power Plan is to reduce carbon pollution from coal-, oil-, and natural gas-burning power plants, and combat the threat of climate change. President Trump issued an executive order last year to dismantle the plan. In his remarks, Governor Carney stated the importance of the Clean Power Plan to regulate greenhouse gases, address climate change, and improve air quality.

Below are excerpts from Governor Carney’s remarks, which will be submitted to the EPA:

“Our state environmental regulators are charged with protecting Delawareans’ health and our environment, in collaboration with the federal government. The proposed repeal will make our efforts to reduce carbon pollution much more difficult, and will also remove a strong incentive for states and the federal government to work together to clean up our air….the citizens and economy of Delaware are negatively affected by these changes and if the Clean Power Plan is repealed, we will suffer even more.

Rising average temperatures and prolonged heat waves pose critical health threats to Delaware farmers, outdoor workers, children, and the elderly….these threats will only increase if we don’t take a stance as a nation and a global community to reduce the human emissions of greenhouse gases that feed rapid climate change. Delaware has become a national leader in taking that stance, going to great lengths to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

CPP builds on experiences of the states who have already begun enacting clean energy policies – Delaware chief among them. Moving ahead with the Clean Power Plan is of particular importance to Delaware, given EPA’s failure to directly address emissions from power plants that impact Delaware’s air quality. CPP promises to provide additional ozone precursor emissions reductions – which would mean significant public health benefits.

I am convinced that the nation needs viable environmental action such as the Clean Power Plan. We must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change and the perils it poses to all of us here in the United States and around the world.  I leave you today with the pledge that Delaware stands ready to implement the Clean Power Plan as originally proposed and I strongly encourage the EPA to reconsider their proposal to repeal it.”

 

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DNREC exhibiting at the Health Hook-up Community Day in New Castle on June 27

NEW CASTLE – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will showcase exhibits highlighting air quality monitoring and home energy savings at the 15th annual New Castle Avenue Health Hook-Up Community Day on Tuesday, June 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bowlerama and Canaan Baptist Church parking lots located at 3031 New Castle Avenue in New Castle. The festival is sponsored by Each One Teach One, the nonprofit organization working on creative solutions for healthier living.

DNREC’s Division of Air Quality will feature information on its Moveable Monitoring Platform, a van equipped with instruments to measure air quality. Scientists will explain the air monitoring study currently underway in the Eden Park and Hamilton Park communities. Using the air quality data collected there, DNREC will work with industry and community leaders to find opportunities to improve local air quality.

DNREC’s Division of Energy and Climate will have an educational display on home energy savings and weather-proofing your home. Staff will provide information about the Weatherization Assistance Program, a free program for income-eligible households where certified contractors make home improvements that result in healthier, more comfortable, and more energy efficient homes.

At the festival, DNREC is partnering with the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) and the Air Quality Partnership of Delaware (AQP). DPH will provide information on the Delaware Healthy Homes program and explain the harmful health effects of air pollution. WILMAPCO will present information on the recently released Route 9 Corridor Master Plan that includes recommendations for environmental protection and improving community health and livability in the area. The AQP will present information on local air quality and the simple actions people can take to make our air cleaner.

The festival aims to promote healthy lifestyles and increase awareness of the many resources and services available for preventing, detecting and treating HIV/AIDS, heart disease, diabetes, and alcohol and substance abuse addiction . The event will feature information tables, personal health screenings, local entertainment, educational games, free food, giveaways  and a free drawing to win a  gift card.

For information on air quality monitoring, visit DNREC’s website at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Air/Pages/Air-Quality-Monitoring-Homepage.aspx or contact Renae Held, environmental scientist with DNREC’s Division of Air Quality, at 302-739-9402 or Renae.Held@delaware.gov.

For information on DNREC’s Weatherization Assistance Program, visit de.gov/wap. Additional questions can be directed to Cheryl Gmuer at the Division of Energy & Climate by phone at 302-735-3480, or by email at Cheryl.Gumer@delaware.gov.

For more information on the Health Hook-up Community Festival organized by Each One Teach One, visit their website http://each1teach1de.org/ or contact Alyson Lang, executive director, at 302-345-8744 or LangNY88@cs.com.

Media Contact:  Melanie Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902


Delaware students to compete in state Envirothon Thursday, April 27 in Newark

DOVER – Students from around the state will meet Thursday, April 27 at the University of Delaware’s Webb Farm in Newark to compete in the 22nd annual Delaware Envirothon – sponsored by the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts (DACD). This year, 120 students representing nine high schools and one 4-H Club will compete for more than $5,000 in college scholarships and cash awards.

“We are excited to host the event since the farm is a perfect complement for the 2017 special environmental topic, Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship,” said Webb Farm Manager Larry Armstrong.

The Envirothon is a team-based outdoor academic competition which challenges high school students’ knowledge and practical application of aquatic ecology, forestry, soils/land use, wildlife, air quality, special environmental topics and public speaking. The teams come from the following high schools: A.I. DuPont High School, Archmere Academy, Delaware Military Academy, Charter School of Wilmington, Middletown High School, MOT Charter School, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Polytech High School, Smyrna High School and Sussex Tech High School. During the school year, DACD held Saturday workshops to provide in-depth training.

Sponsored by the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts (DACD), the Envirothon offers students monetary awards for higher education and commendable effort. Twenty-three teams, consisting of five students each, will compete for one of the top four spots, which offer students more than $3,000 in college scholarships and special team awards combined. In addition, cash awards totaling approximately $2,200 are given to the top seven teams.

The goal of the Delaware Envirothon is to prepare students to be future leaders in environmentally-related careers, and provide knowledge about our environment. The competition provides experience in real world situations, which fosters sound decision making, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Teams will be tested at outdoor eco-stations located throughout designated areas of the event site.

The DACD is a voluntary, non-profit association that coordinates conservation efforts statewide to focus on natural resource issues identified by Delaware’s three local districts. For more information on the Delaware Envirothon and the North American Envirothon, please contact state Envirothon chair Rick Mickowski at 302-832-3100 ext. 8979 or 302-602-2664, or visit www.delawareenvirothon.org.

Media contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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DNREC seeks public input on improving state’s air quality using settlement funds from Volkswagen lawsuits

Public meeting on environmental mitigation plan set for Thursday, March 23 in Dover

DOVER – DNREC has learned from federal officials that Delaware can anticipate approximately $9 million from an Environmental Mitigation Trust established through partial settlement of lawsuits against the automakers Volkswagen and Audi for installing emissions “defeat devices” on vehicles in violation of the federal Clean Air Act. The Division of Air Quality will hold a public meeting Thursday, March 23, at 6 p.m. at the State Street Commons Building, 100 W. Water Street, Dover, DE 19904, on Delaware’s proposed environmental mitigation plan from the settlement.

The meeting is intended to gather public comment and solicit stakeholder input for implementing the mitigation plan in Delaware, in order to determine how the funds may be used by the state to improve air quality.

After public comments are incorporated, the final environmental plan will be established and air quality improvement projects will be requested under the Request for Proposal (RFP) process. The proposed Volkswagen environmental mitigation plan is available on the DNREC website at: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/air/Pages/VWMitigationPlan.aspx

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

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