CAP Update: June 12, 2012
Pollution Chair Al Denio reports on the Delaware City Refinery Community Advisory Panel (CAP)
June 12, 2012
The meeting was held at 6pm at the Delaware City Refinery. A main discussion topic was "Motiva's Annual Groundwater Update". We saw slides and heard about progress in closing the Guard Basin Area, the Oily Sediment Area and the Solid Waste Management Area, all dating back to Motiva, an earlier owner. There are also over 275 wells drilled on the site. They have been monitoring several pollution plumes beneath the refinery site, especially for benzene and MTBE (methyl t-butyl ether, a gasoline additive). These are the 2 chemicals of most concern. Levels of benzene are down to about 0.001 mg/liter. The Federal drinking water standard is five times higher. Herman Seedorf, Refinery Manager, commented that they are now studying the data showing benzene and other chemicals of concern on Delaware City Streets. The next CAP meetings are set for July 17 and Aug 14. The Refinery Open House will be Sept 15 from 10am to 2pm.