Delaware City Refinery and Delaware’s Coastal Zone Act
You may or may not be familiar with Delaware’s Coastal Zone Act. Even if you are familiar with it: how did it get created, what are its intricacies and how is it applied today?
Forty years ago, Delaware’s landmark Coastal Zone Act preserved our State’s shoreline, making it off-limits to heavy industrial development. The battle to pass this visionary legislation transformed local environmental awareness into sweeping statewide action, challenging other states and the nation to do the same.
The Coastal Zone Act’s legacy still poses questions that are as complex as the ecosystem it continues to protect. In Delaware, DNREC has the “The Coastal Zone Act Program” which regulates existing heavy industrial activities, as well as new and existing manufacturing activities in Delaware’s Coastal Zone. Certain new activities, such as the bulk transfer of raw materials, are not allowed in the Coastal Zone, which runs the length of the state.
Despite these protections, the Delaware City Refinery is planning a $1 Billion Dollar Expansion of as part of the “PBF Clean Fuels Project.” Sierra Club is hoping for a clear and transparent hearing process along with Coastal Zone offsets that meet the local offsets and benchmarks that are required.
You can view the PBF refinery’s current air permits and we will be posting their Coastal Zone permits when they are submitted. http://delaware.sierraclub.org/refinery