The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club thanks Senator Carper for his support of the Safe Chemicals Act in the July 25th vote of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club thanks Delaware's Commissioners to the ASMFC for their vote in support of releasing for public comment Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden.
August 9, 2012: letter to Governor Markell asking him to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club joined more than 300 other national and multi-state organizations in a letter to Governor Markell asking him to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
We are very encouraged that DNREC agrees that a task force to examine legislative changes to improve endangered species protection is a viable option, and we look forward to working with DNREC to evaluate endangered species protection options in the future.
August 6, 2012: letter to DNREC Water Resources section manager regarding the NPDES permit for the Delaware City Refinery
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club asks the State of Delaware utilize all of its powers under state and federal law to protect the natural resources of the citizens of this state. The end of fish mortality by the Delaware City Refinery is an issue of public importance.
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club thanks Representative Carney for co-sponsoring HR 1375, the Clean Water Protection Act.
August 6, 2012: letter to Delaware's Commissioners to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission regarding menhaden protections
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club is deeply concerned about the status of Atlantic menhaden. This fish was at one time considered among the most abundant off the coast of eastern North America. However, commercial fishing for Atlantic menhaden peaked in 1956 at 586,373 tonnes and the current benchmark assessment shows menhaden to be hovering at a historically-low level of abundance.
July 30, 2012: letter to DNREC Secretary O'Mara asking that the Delaware City Refinery be given "chronic violator" status
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club is very concerned about the frequency of violations of environmental permits and pollution releases at the Delaware City Refinery. Title 7 Delaware Code § 7904 provides the definitional requirements of chronic violator status for environmental permit-holders, yet DNREC has yet to establish such regulations. We ask that DNREC prioritize the establishment of regulations for the designation of chronic violator status, and designate the Delaware City Refinery as a chronic violator.