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Jon Hurdle


Jon has been reporting on environmental and other topics for Delaware Public Media since 2011. Stories range from sea-level rise and commercial composting to the rebuilding program at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge and the University of Delaware’s aborted data center plan.

A native of the U.K., Jon trained as a print journalist with a British newspaper chain and has since worked for Bloomberg News, Reuters, and Market News International, a capital markets news service. In addition to WDDE and two other local news outlets, he now contributes to The New York Times, covering general news and features around his adopted home city of Philadelphia. He has written two hiking guidebooks to the European Alps; lived in Australia, Switzerland, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, and visited many countries including Ethiopia, Peru, Taiwan, and New Zealand.

Outside of work hours, Jon can be found running or biking along the banks of the Schuylkill River; cooking, and, when weather permits, gardening in the back yard of a Philadelphia row home where he lives with his partner, Kate.   

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Two new reports on water and environmental quality in Delaware say there has been some recent improvement in key indicators but that more needs to be done to slow development, curb the release of pollutants, and halt the rapid loss of tidal wetlands.

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Employees at Delaware City Refinery are nervously eyeing their future after Philadelphia Energy Solutions, a major competitor, recently filed for bankruptcy, citing the heavy expense of buying federally mandated renewable fuel credits that are also causing financial distress at the Delaware plant.

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Delaware’s latest exploration of how or whether to invest in offshore wind power is going to take a little longer than expected.

A working group set up by Governor John Carney to look into the issue said its discussions will extend well into this year, and that it would likely deliver a report to the Governor by this spring.

At a Wilmington community center, Delaware environmental officials began to gather the people, interest groups and ideas that will help them implement a controversial law allowing new industrial development along the coast for the first time in almost half a century.

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A working group set up by Gov. John Carney began fast-track talks on whether an offshore wind farm would improve Delaware’s environment and economy without exposing electric ratepayers or tax payers to excessive costs.

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At the old Claymont Steel site in northern New Castle County, some 425 acres of land sits empty and derelict, dotted with piles of brick and the rusting remnants of the Evraz steelworks that operated there until it closed in December 2013.

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Delaware officials are considering making deeper cuts in carbon emissions from state power plants as part of a nine-state plan that is pressing ahead with its emissions program while the Trump administration rolls back climate policy.

The Delaware Public Service Commission allocated the final $4 million from the Pepco-Exelon merger to the state’s Energy Efficiency Investment Fund, ending a process in which one critic raised questions about whether the Delaware Economic Development Office should have been awarded another $6 million of proceeds from the merger.

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A timely rainstorm helped Delaware water experts defer a decision on whether to recommend a drought watch for northern New Castle County this week but they are due to reconsider the issue at the end of the month amid signs that the extended dry spell of recent weeks will resume.

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On the west side of Fort Dupont’s sprawling coastal campus, a yellow backhoe is taking bites out a squat red-brick building that once housed state-run medical facilities.

The demolition is just the start of the redevelopment of the 325-acre historic site that will eventually include a new residential community, shops and an entertainment center while preserving many former military buildings that date back to the 19th century.