air pollution

9:09 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Key Emissions Hearing Today for Delaware City Refinery

Delaware City Refinery
Credit PBF Eneregy

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state panel is set to hear a high-stakes appeal by environmentalists of an air pollution permit issued to PBF Energy's Delaware City oil refinery.

The permit granted by Delaware's environmental secretary in May involves the loading of crude oil onto barges for shipment to another PBF refinery in Paulsboro, N.J. 

That operation is part of a larger transfer operation in which PBF brings crude oil by rail from various sources, including tar sands oil from Canada, to a new rail loop near Delaware City that can accommodate hundreds of tanker cars each week.

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9:18 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Natural Gas Power Plant Comes to Dover

natural Gas Plant

Dover will be getting a 309 megawatt natural gas power plant.

Calpine is expected to invest $300 million into the project and the project is estimated to bring in some $2.3 million to the local governments.

New plant is expected produced hundreds of job clean energy and cut customer jobs.

Governor Jack Markell called the plant a critical component for the First State’s effort to slash air pollution noting that emissions have declined over the last four years.

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9:26 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Possible Federal Violation in State Air Quality Permit

Delaware City Refinery
Credit PBF Energy

The Environmental Integrity Project charged yesterday that Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control violated the federal Clean Air Act.

The Washington based environmental group says the blanket emissions permit the state agency gave to PBF Energy for the Delaware City Refinery freed the company to modify some existing systems without triggering stepped-up control requirements for nitrogen oxides.

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9:24 am
Wed May 29, 2013

NRG Millsboro Plant Not Cause for Particulate Pollution, Study Finds

NRG Indian River Power Plant
Credit NRG Energy

DOVER (AP) - A small-scale study of people living near the NRG Energy powe4r plant near Millsboro suggests that th plant is not a major source of particular air pollution for area residents.

The student released Tuesday instead suggests that the greatest risk of air pollution comes from upwind areas in other states in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, and from indoor sources, such as tobacco smoke and cleaning products, within residents' own homes.

The study of 35 area residents noted that most of them spend more than 80 percent of their day in their own homes. 

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12:08 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Dover: Most Soot-Free State Capital

Credit American Lung Association website

Dover is the most soot-free capitals in the nation.

That’s from the American Lung Association, which said that smog forming ozone and soot levels between 2009 and 2011 were the lowest ever for the state of Delaware and showed progress for cities and counties across the country.

The Association found that both Kent and Sussex Counties received “A” grades for average concentrations of small airborne particles but New Castle and Sussex Counties both received a grade of F for ozone levels.

Kent County improved but only got a marginally passing grade of D.

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9:10 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Newark Crackdown on Idling Vehicles

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials are joining with the city of Newark to kick off a campaign asking motorists to help reduce air pollution.

Wednesday's event at Newark High School highlights a Newark ordinance aimed at getting drivers to turn off car engines rather than letting them idle for long periods.

The ordinance prohibits idling an engine for more than five consecutive minutes in a 60-minute period. A first offense results in a warning, with a $100 fine for subsequent offenses.

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8:27 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Decline in Air Pollution for Mid-Atlantic Region

BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says releases of toxic air pollutants were down in 2011 in the Mid-Atlantic region.

And the federal agency says cleaner power plants are part of the reason.

The EPA says releases were down 13.8 percent in 2011 in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia compared to 2010. Nationwide, total toxic air releases dropped 8 percent from 2010.

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8:52 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Maryland Needs EPA To Curb Air Pollution From Other States


BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland is not meeting federal ozone standards and isn't likely to do so without federal policies to address pollution blowing in from other states.

That's the word from a new clean-air report issued Monday by the Maryland Department of the Environment.