July 30, 2012: letter to DNREC Secretary O'Mara asking that the Delaware City Refinery be given "chronic violator" status
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club is very concerned about the frequency of violations of environmental permits and pollution releases at the Delaware City Refinery. Title 7 Delaware Code § 7904 provides the definitional requirements of chronic violator status for environmental permit-holders, yet DNREC has yet to establish such regulations. We ask that DNREC prioritize the establishment of regulations for the designation of chronic violator status, and designate the Delaware City Refinery as a chronic violator.
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club asks Governor Markell to protect Delaware’s wetlands. There is no greater time of need for wetlands protections in Delaware, as Delaware is losing wetlands at a catastrophic rate that places the future one of Delaware’s most important natural resources in jeopardy
July 16, 2012: letter to DNREC Secretary O'Mara asking that the fish consumption advisory for Dragon Run be reassessed
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club requests that the State of Delaware reassess the fish consumption advisory for Dragon Run.
July 16, 2012: letter to Governor Markell asking him to preserve the integrity of the Coastal Zone Act
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club asks that Governor Markell preserve the integrity and intent of the Delaware Coastal Zone Act throughout his activities as Governor, and that he prioritize environmental conservation and restrictions on industrial development within the Coastal Zone.
The Sierra Club supports an ecosystem approach to managing fisheries that addresses the impacts of fishing on non-target species and better coordination of fisheries management across jurisdictional boundaries. The native range of migratory Atlantic bluefin tuna includes the Delaware coast, yet fishing practices in other fisheries are causing serious damage to the species. We ask that the National Marine Fisheries Service prohibit the use of surface long-line fishing and institute an enforceable cap on bluefin bycatch to reduce bluefin tuna mortality and to protect Delaware’s bluefin tuna.
July 9, 2012: letter to DNREC Secretary O'Mara requesting a task force for endangered species protections
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club requests that DNREC convene a task force to examine the needs of endangered species in Delaware, and to make recommendations for improvements to Title 7, Chapter 6 of the Delaware Code, Endangered Species.
July 5, 2012: follow-up letter to DNREC Secretary O'Mara regarding the permitting process for the Delaware City Refinery
We are writing to follow up on my June 11, 2012 request for a minimum of 90 days for official public review for each permit application for the proposed expansion of the Delaware City Refinery, that these permit applications be made more readily available by placing copies of the permit applications in the libraries of impacted communities and on the DNREC website, and for information regarding the permit process.
July 5, 2012: letter to DNREC Secretary O'Mara in opposition to the ACOE application for dredging in the Delaware River
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club has serious questions about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ application forWater Quality Certification to conduct dredging in the Delaware River that was announced in the DNREC Public Notices Digest on June 20, 2012.