A "Toxic Tour" is an information-based tour of community environmental risk. The area between New Castle and Delaware City has numerous sites that have contaminated the environment and pose a risk to public health. Public knowledge of industrial pollution is vital to protecting current and future generations from harm. The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club's environmental justice initiative synthesizes environmental information in one central location, providing community members with valuable information about environmental and health risk.
Delaware Sand and Gravel Landfill
The Delaware Sand and Gravel site covers 27 acres and is located about two miles from the City of New Castle, Delaware. Formerly, a sand and gravel quarry, the site is now an inactive industrial waste landfill. Portions of the site are currently used as a salvage yard and a propane supply business. Landfilling operations started at the quarry in 1968. Industrial waste and construction debris, including thousands of drums of hazardous material, were landfilled in the quarry. The site was closed as a landfill in 1976, following an enforcement action by the State. It received Superfund National Priorities List status in 1982.
DuPont Red Lion Sulfuric Acid Regeneration Plant
DuPont started the Red Lion plant in September of 2005 adjacent to the Delaware City Refinery to recycle sulfuric acid and other oil refinery products. Sulfuric acid is used as a catalyst in refinery production, especially for high-octane fuels. The Sulfuric Acid Regeneration (SAR) process regenerates “spent acid waste” from the refinery, which can then be re-used.
Formosa Plastics Corporation
The 200-acre polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturing facility was built in 1966 by Stauffer Chemical Company. The site was added as a Superfund site to the National Priorities List on September 8, 1983 and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency entered into an agreement to remediate the site with Formosa and Stauffer Chemical Company in 1984. In 2005, Formosa entered into a Consent Decree based on a complaint filed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and DNREC for violations of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act.
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