DNREC to hold public meeting July 16 on EPA’s proposed denial of Delaware’s Clean Air Act petitions to reduce air pollution originating elsewhere from coming into the state

The logo for the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental ControlWILMINGTON (July 10, 2018) – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will hold a public meeting Monday, July 16 to enable Delawareans to express their opinion about the US Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to deny the state’s 126(b) Clean Air Act petitions aimed at reducing air pollution that comes into Delaware after originating elsewhere. The public meeting will be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Room A112, Wing A, Delaware Technical Community College Stanton Campus, 400 Stanton Christiana Rd., Newark, DE 19713.

DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin scheduled the July 16 public meeting in response to EPA’s refusal to provide a more convenient venue to Delawareans for voicing their opinion of EPA’s proposed denial of the CAA petitions, and also on account of EPA’s sharply limiting the public comment period for the agency’s proposed actions. EPA held a public hearing in Washington, D.C., June 22 – only 15 days after the agency announced it would deny Delaware’s Clean Air Act petitions – failing to act on both Secretary Garvin’s requests for not less than 45 days for public comment and a later date for EPA’s hearing to be held in Delaware.

“We are holding this meeting to provide an opportunity for the public to comment about the transmission of air pollution from out of state into Delaware,” Secretary Garvin said. “The Department has pursued – and will continue to pursue – voluntary and collaborative efforts with partner states to ensure upwind power plants meet the same stringent standards Delaware is required to meet. All Delawareans would agree that it is now time for EPA to hold upwind sources accountable for ozone emissions that are impacting downwind states.”

More information about the meeting can be found on the Delaware Public Meeting Calendar at https://publicmeetings.delaware.gov/Meeting/60043. Comments from the public meeting will be submitted to EPA in the form of a transcript on behalf of all who speak on the proposed denial of the CAA petitions, to EPA’s federal docket (EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0295). More information from EPA on its proposed denial of Delaware’s 126(b) petitions can be found on EPA’s website at https://www.epa.gov/ozone-pollution/proposed-action-clean-air-act-section-126-petitions-delaware-and-maryland. Acting Director David Fees of DNREC’s Division of Air Quality gave testimony on Delaware’s behalf at EPA’s public hearing last week in Washington that can be found on the DNREC website.

Anyone interested in speaking at the meeting can sign up until 4 p.m. Friday, July 13 by sending an email to Valerie.Gray@delaware.gov of the Division of Air Quality. Written comments about the EPA’s proposed denial of the 126(b) petitions also can be submitted to Ms. Gray via email, but must be received by 4 p.m., Friday, July 13.

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

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DNREC to host public meeting Monday, Jan. 8 in Wilmington as listening session on EPA’s proposed repeal of federal Clean Power Plan

Agency to provide opportunity for public input from Delawareans and other East Coast citizens on EPA’s proposal

WILMINGTON – Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will host a public meeting Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 to provide an opportunity for Delawareans and citizens of other East Coast states to comment on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to repeal the federal Clean Power Plan (CPP). The DNREC-sponsored listening session will begin at 10 a.m. at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.

The goal of the Clean Power Plan is to reduce carbon pollution from coal-, oil-, and natural gas-burning power plants, all of which have been scientifically-proven as contributing to climate change. As the lowest lying state in the nation, Delaware already is experiencing the detrimental effects of climate change, and both Delaware and the nation will be further impacted by EPA’s proposed repeal of the plan. Because EPA has refused to provide a reasonable venue for Delawareans and others along the East Coast to voice their opinions on the proposed CPP repeal, DNREC has chosen to conduct a listening session enabling that opportunity. The EPA has held a public hearing only in Charleston, W. Va., and though additional hearings are planned for the Midwest and California, none are to take place on the East Coast. Comments from the Delaware public meeting will be submitted in the form of a transcript on behalf of all who speak on the proposed repeal to EPA’s federal docket EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355.

“EPA should not take action to repeal this important rule without first hearing from our citizens – and Delaware has stepped up to host this public meeting because EPA is not offering a reasonable venue for citizens’ voices to be heard,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “The Clean Power Plan offers the states a vital and flexible tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s fossil-fuel burning power plants. We are hosting the meeting to afford the public the opportunity to participate in the EPA’s decision-making process that will directly impact their lives and environment.”

The federal Clean Power Plan – formally known by its EPA title “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units (EGUs)” – was promulgated on Oct. 23, 2015. On Oct. 16, 2017 the EPA proposed repealing it. More details about the Clean Power Plan can be found on EPA’s website, including the final rule, technical analyses, and other supporting information.

DNREC’s Division of Air Quality, which is hosting the listening session for comment on the CPP, anticipates limiting each speaker to five minutes, but time may be adjusted, depending on the number of people who register to speak. Those who still wish to speak are asked to register by emailing Valerie Gray (Valerie.Gray@delaware.gov).

For updated information on the CPP meeting and for more information on DNREC’s climate and greenhouse gas mitigation programs, please visit the Clean Power Plan webpage on the DNREC website. More information about the meeting and listening session is available on the Delaware Public Meeting Calendar.

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

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DNREC to host Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission public hearing Jan. 3 on proposed addendum to black sea bass plan

DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife will host an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission public hearing on the latest draft addendum to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Black Sea Bass at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 3 in the DNREC Lewes Facility, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958.

The draft addendum proposes alternative regional management approaches for the recreational fishery, including options for regional allocation of the recreational harvest limit based on historical harvest and exploitable biomass. The addendum also includes an option for coastwide management of black sea bass recreational fisheries should a regional approach not be approved for management.

The draft addendum is available at www.asmfc.org. Public comment will be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 and should be forwarded to Caitlin Starks, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland Street, Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; faxed to 703-842-0741 or emailed to comments@asmfc.org (Subject line: Draft Addendum XXX).

For more information about the Lewes public hearing, please contact DNREC’s Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914.

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Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

 


DNREC extends public comment period through March 3 on Blessings Greenhouse and Compost Milford facility’s Non-Hazardous Liquid Waste Transporters permit application

DOVER – Due to the volume of requests and interest expressed at a Jan. 25 public hearing regarding an application by Blessings Greenhouses and Compost’s Milford facility for a Non-Hazardous Liquid Waste Transporters Permit, DNREC Hearing Officer Lisa Vest announced that the record will remain open through March 3 to allow more time for concerned groups and individuals to submit additional public comment.

DNREC’s Groundwater Discharges Section received a Non-Hazardous Liquid Waste Haulers Permit application Nov. 2, 2016 from Blessings to transport dissolved air flotation (DAF) cake from Perdue Foods LLC, located at 255 North Rehoboth Boulevard in Milford to Blessings Greenhouses and Compost’s Milford facility at 9372 Draper Road. The company’s application, hearing transcript, and exhibits for the proposed permit are available for inspection at DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building in Dover by contacting Kathy Potter via email at Katharyn.Potter@delaware.gov or by phone at (302) 739-9948 in advance to arrange for viewing.

Anyone wishing to submit public comment for the DNREC Secretary’s consideration before ruling on Blessings Greenhouses and Compost Facility’s application for a Liquid Waste Transporters Permit may email their comments (preferred) to Hearing Officer Lisa Vest, or submit via U.S. Mail to Ms. Vest, c/o DNREC, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, or FAX comments to (302) 739-1174. Comments will be accepted through DNREC close of business Friday, March 3. Comments must be submitted in written form for inclusion in the formal hearing record.

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DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife announces 2016/17 Sunday deer hunting dates; now seeks public comment on state wildlife area Sunday deer hunting locations, times

DOVER – With a recent change in Delaware law, deer hunting is allowed on five specified Sundays on private lands and on designated public lands beginning with the 2016/2017 hunting season, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. Sunday deer hunting dates for the upcoming season will be Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and 20, Dec. 11 this year, and Jan. 15, 2017.

Under the law, Sunday deer hunting on these dates on private lands is allowed during regular hunting hours at the discretion of the landowner, while government agencies, including the Division of Fish & Wildlife, can designate public lands open for Sunday deer hunting on the dates listed above after seeking public comment.

Sunday deer hunting is proposed on specified state wildlife areas at locations as shown by maps found on the Fish & Wildlife website. Sunday deer hunting is proposed on these wildlife areas during the regular hunting hours of one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset. Copies of the wildlife area maps where Sunday deer hunting is proposed and additional information can be requested by calling the Wildlife Section at 302-739-9912.

 The Division of Fish & Wildlife now asks for public comment on Sunday deer hunting locations and times on state wildlife areas. Written public comment can be mailed to Karen Kennedy, Wildlife Section, Division of Fish & Wildlife, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, or emailed to DNREC_Sunday_Hunting_Comments@delaware.gov. All written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. (DNREC close of business) on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.

Oral comments will be received and written comments reviewed at the Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 in DNREC’s auditorium at the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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