COMMENTARY: Delaware fails to shut down upwind power plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rejected Delaware and Maryland petitions to shut down upwind coal-fired power plants. The EPA concluded upwind state plans to implement the recently completed Cross State Air Pollution Rule will result in Delaware and Maryland meeting all air quality standards, including ground level ozone. Ozone has been the hardest pollutant […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Clean energy sought

Thanks for the article (“Swollen NC rivers swamp dumps, raising water pollution fears,” Sept 17) discussing the awful offal escaping, or in danger of escaping from coal ash pits and hog manure and urine pits. This was bound to happen. As climate change gets even worse than it is, more storms will dump more rain […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sussex waterways, air need to be cleaned

The poor condition of Delaware’s waters has been known for decades. The facts are simple to understand, however difficult to accept. We cannot eat the fish and crabs from our waters. We get sick from swimming in our waters. Ninety percent of Delaware’s waterways are polluted, 100 miles of Delaware’s waters have fish advisories. Delaware […]

COMMENTARY: Is Delaware a victim of upwind air pollution?

One of our important First Amendment rights is the ability to petition the federal government to correct a wrong. Delaware’s Air Quality Division petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency in early 2016 to force upwind coal-fired power plants to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions. Nitrogen dioxide acts as a catalyst in the creation of unhealthy ground level […]

COMMENTARY: Carper no friend of the environment

Responding to the July 17 story “Carper: Delaware choked by ozone pollution from nearby states, urges action by EPA.” I have known Tom Carper as congressman, governor and senator. He’s a skillful, hard-working professional politician who knows how to sell himself. He has an almost Trumpish ability to claim credit for doing the opposite of […]

Carper: Delaware choked by ozone pollution from nearby states, urges action by EPA

STANTON — With every new EPA director — interim or otherwise — comes hope that the federal government helps Delaware bid for clearner air. Last week in Washington, D.C., U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., raised concerns about ozone pollution fueled by air flowing from power plants in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Delaware’s senior senator and […]

Officials: $5 million grant will help restore Delaware River watershed

SMYRNA — An announcement Friday of a $5 million federal grant to support restoration projects in the Delaware River Watershed drew dozens of activists from various environmental organizations to the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge pavilion. “For the first time in history, the Delaware River has dedicated funding for restoration projects throughout the watershed,” said […]

COMMENTARY: Support DNREC’s efforts to regulate upwind power plants

Monday was an official Code Orange bad air day in Delaware. Bad air days occur often in Delaware, for example June 30, July 2 and July 9. Tuesday may also be an official bad air day. A Code Orange bad air day for ozone is also likely to be at least a Code Yellow bad […]

COMMENTARY: Plant rain garden for beauty, better water quality

When it rains, it pours. Lately in Delaware, it seems to just rain, and rain, and rain. If your yard gets more than a little bit wet after a storm, rain gardens are a great way to handle the moisture, spruce up your property and keep our waterways clean. Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) […]

COMMENTARY: Grizzlies in Yellowstone not safe from bullet

“The National Parks do not suffice as a means of perpetuating the larger carnivores; witness the precarious status of the grizzly bear.” These words were published in 1949 in Aldo Leopold’s “A Sand County ALMANAC,” one of the significant literary contributions to the birth of the modern environmental movement. Seventy years later, the insight remains […]