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On Behalf of the Sierra Club, Delaware Chapter, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a petition with Attorney General Beau Biden in June asking for a review of the DNREC hearing for the Delaware City Refinery's Title V permit renewal.
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club submitted the public hearing request for PBF Energy’s Delaware City Refinery Title V permit, which was held on June 4, 2013 at the Delaware City Fire Hall. The Title V permit is a federal air pollution permit required by the Clean Air Act. It is only issued once every 5 years, and it includes limits for sources of hazardous air pollution.
The historic town of Delaware City, with fewer than 1700 residents, was subjected to an overwhelming and intimidating level of police presence due to the State of Delaware’s decision to hold PBF Energy's Delaware City Refinery’s Title V permit hearing at the Delaware City Fire Hall.
Though state officials had learned in advance that the Refinery was sending 10 bus loads of workers to the hearing, and the turnout was anticipated to be 2000 people, the State decided to move the hearing location to the Fire Hall just days before the hearing, which only had seating for 200 persons.
Nearly 200 people attended the Delaware City Refinery's open house on February 27, 2013 at Wilbur Elementary School to ask questions about the refinery's recent expansion of its crude-by-rail program, which is bringing Alberta tar sands and fracked shale oil from North Dakota by train.
Watch the video of public concerns about environmental risk and health below or on youtube.
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