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Croda, Inc.

State environmental regulators are allowing a chemical manufacturer near New Castle to restart a plant where a toxic gas leak occurred last November. The company plans to install a community alarm, which neighbors have requested.


Courtesy of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays has finished part of its monitoring of pilot artificial oyster reefs installed this year, and early signs look promising. 


ChristianaCare is looking at ways to expand its use of virtual reality to treat patients.

At a symposium in Newark Friday, researchers from The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing and Annenberg School for Communication introduced a training program that uses a VR headset to simulate how to treat an overdose patient.


University of Delaware

The Environmental Protection Agency sought public input last summer on several options for possible regulation of the drinking water contaminant perchlorate.

The substance used in rocket propellants and fireworks has been shown to affect thyroid function. According to the EPA, perchlorate has been found in public drinking water systems to the degree that it presents a “public health concern.”

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks with an environmental engineer at the University of Delaware about technology he has developed to remove this emerging contaminant from drinking water.

James Dawson / Delaware Public Media

Delaware’s Division of Public Health is reporting more vaping-related illnesses in the state.

Six more people have become sick in Delaware over the past month as a result of e-cigarette use.

Katie Peikes / Delaware Public Media

Sussex County Council is taking a bit more time to consider Mountaire Farms’ proposal to increase the acreage it uses for spray irrigation. 

Nick Ciolino / Delaware Public Media

More grant dollars are going towards cancer research for children in Delaware.

Katie Peikes / Delaware Public Media

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed adding the Blades Groundwater Site to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL).


Department of Health and Human Services

Friday is the first day of open enrollment for 2020 coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Nick Ciolino / Delaware Public Media

The Green resumes its coverage of new programs meant to reduce Delaware’s overdose rate.

We previously reported on ChristianaCare’s Community SOS program.

This week, Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino goes inside Delaware’s prison system - where the state recently rolled out an expanded program using medications like methadone and buprenorphine to treat offenders with substance abuse disorder.