Speak out: Plastic bags bill

The Delaware House passed legislation Tuesday that would bar certain stores from providing single-use plastic bags to customers. House Bill 130 would restrict establishments from giving consumers bags that are “made from non-compostable plastic and not specifically designed and manufactured to be reusable.” The measure would go into effect Jan. 1, 2021, and would still […]

Delaware House approves ban on plastic bags

DOVER — The House passed legislation Tuesday that would bar certain stores from providing single-use plastic bags to customers. By a 33-7 vote, with one member absent, the chamber approved the legislation, which is supported by Gov. John Carney. It now goes to the Senate. House Bill 130 would restrict establishments from giving consumers bags […]

Pickering Beach horseshoe crab fence back up

PICKERING BEACH — After a successful inaugural trial year in 2018, the small privately supported “Pickering Beach Stranding Mitigation Project” fence was reinstalled for its second year on Wednesday. The simple volunteer-installed 350-foot wooden temporary storm fence, across a stretch of beach, works by blocking a known “kill zone” that had become a hot spot […]

Invasive spotted lanternfly hatch out as temps rise

DOVER — The steady increase in daily temperatures has spurred spotted lanternfly nymphs to hatch out of their egg masses recently. While the hatching is expected to continue for the next few weeks, this causes concern for businesses, residents and the agriculture industry because the notorious hitchhiker will be on the move. “From the time […]

Blood-sucking ‘kissing bug’ arrives in state

DOVER — Normally, a kiss is a good thing. But, a smooch from Triatoma sanguisuga — the “kissing bug” — is not one you want. According to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report published last Friday, the nocturnal-feeding disease-spreading pest made its first “official” appearance in the state. In July 2018, a […]

Commentary: On Delaware farms, every day is Earth Day

At USDA, we celebrate Earth Day 2019 by offering big thank-yous to farmers here in Delaware for all they do. Every day we see their efforts to conserve natural resources while producing food, fiber and fuel for people in their communities and around the world. They are doing what needs to be done to make […]

Bill would ban single-use plastic bags in Delaware

SMYRNA — Legislation introduced Thursday would ban single-use plastic bags like those commonly offered at many stores, from supermarkets to gas stations. House Bill 130 would restrict establishments from giving customers bags that are “made from non-compostable plastic and not specifically designed and manufactured to be reusable.” The measure would go into effect Jan. 1, […]

Commentary: The legacy of nuclear power is checkered at best

Forty years ago, on March 28, 1979, the Three Mile Island (TMI) Unit 2 nuclear power reactor in central Pennsylvania — about 95 miles northwest of Dover — partially melted down and experienced at least one explosion. Many of us living in Delaware at the time were very concerned about being downwind and somewhat downstream […]

Letter to the Editor: Poisoning on a daily basis

After signing up a few years ago for “mosquito alert” emails, giving advance warning of what areas are being sprayed on a daily basis, I soon realized that the amount of effort put forth for mosquito control, and resulting toxic chemical exposure, is at an insane level in this state. I don’t need the government […]

DSU renews research partnership with EPA

DOVER — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed a renewed memorandum of understanding with Delaware State University to continue to work together to enhance research, outreach, career development and “stewardship” in the environmental sciences at the university. The partnership originally began in 2012. New to the partnership, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental […]