The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club is concerned about the environmental and health risks posed by the University of Delaware’s use of toxic chemicals on campus grounds. We support the efforts of University of Delaware students who seek full disclosure of the chemicals used on all University grounds and a transition to non-toxic and organic lawn care products.
UD Students take on campus use of toxic lawn chemicals
Students at the University of Delaware are making the case that the University administration should stop the use of toxic chemicals on the UD Green.
Delaware's air quality receives bad scores
The American Lung Association's 2012 State of the Air report gives air quality in Delaware bad scores for ozone and particle pollution.
Delaware River among the most toxic in the nation
A new report published by the Environment America Research and Policy Center lists the Delaware River among their top ten list of waterways for total toxic discharges. The Delaware River comes in at Number 5, at 6,779,436 pounds of toxic chemicals released in 2010 according to the Toxics Release Inventory.
Mercury Warning: Fish in Delaware are Unsafe to Eat
Even small amounts of mercury, such as that in a fever thermometer, can pose a danger to human health and the environment. A typical mercury thermometer contains one gram of elemental mercury. This small amount, the size of a few drops, can harm the environment and human health if the thermometer breaks and the mercury is released. For example, if the amount of mercury in a fever thermometer were deposited into a 20 acre lake on an annual basis, this one gram would be sufficient to contaminate the water to the extent that the fish would no longer be safe to eat.