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Clean water proposal "hoped for" in coming weeks

Mar 2, 2017

Authors of a plan to detoxify Delaware’s waterways say they’re hoping to release their report later this month, which is expected to include a proposed statewide tax hike.

Delaware approves permit for expanded ethanol shipments

Dec 28, 2016
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Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control approved a controversial permit Wednesday allowing a state refinery to ship up to 10,000 barrels of ethanol a day.

Schools use recycling grants as teaching tools

Nov 29, 2016


First State schools are using state grants to curb waste and create learning opportunities.


H.O. Brittingham Elementary School in Milton was one of 13 schools awarded a state grant this week to expand its recycling program.


Students at the school calculated they use 100,000 plastic water bottles each year.

DNREC preparing for 29th annual Coastal Cleanup

Aug 25, 2016

State environmental officials are calling on volunteers to help scrub Delaware’s coastline next month.

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Gov. Jack Markell’s weekly message highlights the importance of the state’s recreational and natural resources to Delaware’s economy.

Sitting in for Gov. Markell, DNREC Sec. David Small says the state parks alone attract 6 million visitors annually and one out of three Delawareans participates in some type of outdoor recreation.

"Each year nearly 350,000 people fish, hunt and observe wildlife and 60,000 boats are registered here," Small said.

He says that translates into about $4 billion of economic impact for the state.

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Getting around in an alternative fuel vehicle will be easier for those living or visiting Delaware in the near future.

DNREC and Mallinckrodt Veterinary Inc. have reached a settlement regarding the clean up of a contaminated site in Millsboro.


Mallinckrodt Veterinary will pay DNREC $2.7 million dollars for the cleanup of its former poultry vaccine plant. That’s the largest settlement in the history of Delaware’s Hazard Substance Cleanup Act, a program run by DNREC’s site investigation and restoration section.