Plastic bag ban starts Jan. 1

Consumers and some businesses in Delaware will no longer be able to use or distribute single-use plastic carryout bags at the point-of-sale starting Jan. 1, according to an announcement Tuesday. Plastic carryout bags are commonly used to take items home from convenience, grocery and other retail stores. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental […]

Croda cited by DNREC for air quality permit violations

NEW CASTLE — The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has issued a notice of violation to Croda Inc. for air emission and equipment violations associated with the operation of Croda’s ethylene oxide plant near New Castle. The violations include connecting and routing an unpermitted source into an air pollution control device (scrubber); […]

US formally exits Paris pact aiming to curb climate change

BERLIN (AP) — The United States on Wednesday formally left the Paris Agreement, a global pact it helped forge five years ago to avert the threat of catastrophic climate change. The move, long threatened by U.S. President Donald Trump and triggered by his administration a year ago, further isolates Washington in the world but has […]

Cleanup from Delmarva oil spill is ‘largely complete’

SLAUGHTER BEACH — The cleanup of oil and debris from beaches resulting from a spill late last month is likely “largely complete,” Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn Garvin said Monday. The unified command of DNREC and the U.S. Coast Guard was evaluating cleanup progress in parts of the Delaware and […]

Oil spill culprit still sought, will pay for cleanup if found

SLAUGHTER BEACH — If identified, the source of a significant oil spill affecting Delaware’s shoreline will face a cleanup bill from the federal government that continues to grow. That’s according to the U.S. Coast Guard, which is utilizing the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to pay for costs that continued to rise as operations progressed […]

More than 55 tons of oiled debris cleared on Delaware beaches

SLAUGHTER BEACH — As cleanup to a widespread oil spill continued Monday, officials urged the public not to handle any affected material or try to assist wildlife along the Delaware coastline. The Delaware Department of Environmental Control said about 55 tons of oiled debris had been removed from beaches as of Sunday afternoon in a […]

Cleanup of Delaware Bay oil spill continues

SLAUGHTER BEACH — As an oil spill cleanup continued Wednesday, at least 24 affected seagulls had been seen during a response that included state and federal resources and more than 75 contractors, officials said. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control also said that roughly two tons of oil sand and debris were […]

Dover reaches out to residents with rules of recycling

DOVER — There are numerous things that many people frequently toss into their household recycling cans, thinking they are a natural fit for single-stream recycling — such as pizza boxes with grease and food in them and plastic bags. However, those kinds of items can jam up the works when it comes to the material […]

State erects new signs marking Delaware River Watershed

DOVER — Delaware officials joined environmental activists Friday to celebrate new signs marking the boundaries of the Delaware River Watershed. Placed on major roads throughout the state, the six signs highlight a watershed that provides a home to almost three-quarters of Delaware’s population, as well as abundant wildlife, and supports many jobs. “Millions of people […]

Commentary: Protecting Delawareans from the fossil fuel industry

By Kathleen Jennings and Shawn Garvin Hurricanes. Extreme heat. Flooding. Wildfires. The climate crisis is leaving its mark everywhere, including the destruction we just experienced during Tropical Storm Isaias. But those events in the news only scratch the surface of the extensive damage, and bill, Delaware faces. Delaware is already being forced to spend taxpayer […]