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.
Occidental Chemical Corporation
The Occidental Chemical chlorine manufacturing facility was founded in 1965 and located on the banks of the Delaware River, just south of Red Lion Creek. The site includes 20 acres of former manufacturing facilities, 13 acres of waste lakes and landfills, and 215 acres of wetlands. Chemical manufacturing ceased in 2007 and the site is undergoing demolition and decommissioning under oversight by the State of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Environmental Protection Agency, under the authority of the Solid Waste Disposal Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Tybouts Corner Landfill
The site was originally a sand and gravel pit before it was used by the New Castle County Department of Public Works as a municipal sanitary landfill that also accepted industrial wastes from December 1968 until July 1971. Without a clay or impervious barrier beneath the landfill or above it, there has been no structural material to prevent pollution from penetrating into groundwater or nearby streams. The landfill ranges in thickness from approximately 5 to 40 feet. Contamination was found in two nearby wells in 1976 and again in 1983, prompting listing on the Superfund National Priorities List.
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