Volunteer Registration Begins for Del. Coastal Cleanup

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There is much more summer to come, but volunteers are already being recruited to take part in the 35th Delaware Coastal Cleanup.41 spots along beaches and waterways will be targeted Saturday, September 17th between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Online registration opens today (Monday) and is open through Wednesday, August 31st. Volunteers may choose the location…

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DNREC Accepts Applications For Community Environmental Project Fund Grants

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Delaware communities that have been adversely affected by environmental pollution can apply for restoration grants. The Department of Natural Resources is opening the 2022 grant cycle. The Community Environmental Project Fund was created in 2004, which allocates a percentage of penalties collected for environmental violations to projects that help local communities. Competitive grants are available…

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Delaware Sues Monsanto Over PCB Contamination

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Delaware is suing agro-chemical giant Monsanto and two of its corporate spin-offs. Attorney General Kathy Jennings said Thursday that the lawsuit seeks to recover damages and clean-up costs associated with PCBs made by Monsanto for decades, despite knowing the dangers they posed to the environment and public health. The lawsuit filed in state Superior Court…

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Plastic Straws Targeted In Rehoboth Beach

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Rehoboth Beach officials are encouraging local restaurants to stop giving plastic straws to their customers. Commissioners adopted a resolution to support the elimination of single-use plastic straws effective January 1st, and to encourage residents to start using paper straws. Plastic straws could also be retained for use in certain circumstances such as medical. ‚ÄúRehoboth Beach…

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Oil Spill Cleanup Nears Its End; Investigation Continues

Members of a contracted oil spill response organization cleans oily debris from Rehoboth Beach in Delaware as part of the Broadkill 2020 oil spill response, Oct. 26, 2020. The Coast Guard and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control are working together to identify areas where tar balls and oily debris are making landfall to facilitate an effective clean up.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Isaac Cross.)
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An assessment by the Unified Command that has been dealing with an oil spill for two weeks indicates that the clean-up may be largely complete. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Coast Guard utilized stringent federal and state guidelines to determine whether clean-up crews have been successful or if more work is…

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Carper: Automakers can no longer stay ‘stuck in neutral’ citing pollution from cars, trucks & vans

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Delaware’s Senior U.S. Senator Tom Carper is speaking out after the Trump Administration moved to revoke the State of California‚Äôs authority under the Clean Air Act to set and enforce its own fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards. ‚ÄúTo those auto companies that remain silent today, I‚Äôll say this: it‚Äôs no longer an option…

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Code Orange Air Quality Action Day – Monday

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Monday, July 9th is a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Delaware! Ozone levels have risen quickly over the weekend and weather conditions will be conducive on Monday for further formation of ozone due to full sun all day with light winds. Highest concentrations are expected in New Castle County. Similar conditions are expected…

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Thursday – A Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for DE

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Thursday, May 3rd, will be a¬†Code Orange¬†Air Quality Action Day for Delaware! An early season air quality event is underway across the northern Mid-Atlantic region. Ozone has risen dramatically¬†on Tuesday, much faster than expected, given the still relatively low temperatures by summer standards. The air mass in place appears to be quite polluted, with dilute…

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