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Delaware Senator Tom Carper is getting some advice from the state's former environmental chief.

Collin O’Mara, now president of the National Wildlife Federation, urged the Democrat to oppose a measure allowing higher amounts of ethanol to be mixed in with gasoline.

The bill would lift a 10 percent cap during the summer months.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Carper has said he has not made a final decision on the measure that would change the limits in the Clean Air Act rule.

Don Rush

The Delaware City Refinery has been given permission by state officials to handle shipments of unblended ethanol at its barge facility. It comes as part of a  federal government mandate that requires ethanol make up 10 percent of gasoline. However, a conservation group says the federal program is endangering habitat as farmers meet demand by growing such crops as corn for ethanol use. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Collin O'Mara, president of the National Wildlife Federation, who said it's time to rollback the program.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Environmentalists, government officials and academics are gathering at the University of Delaware for a two-day meeting to discuss issues involving the Delaware River watershed.

Gov. Jack Markell was scheduled to deliver Monday's keynote address at the Delaware River Watershed Forum gathering.

Congressman John Carney and National Wildlife Federation President Collin O'Mara also were scheduled to attend the third annual event.

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The state of Delaware has decided to carry out a wide-ranging environmental evaluation at the Evraz Claymont Steel plant which has been a source of pollution problems over the years.

But Department of Natural Resources and Environmental control Secretary Collin O’Mara told the Wilmington News Journal that work begin  in mid-July one the 425-acres of the plant that ceased operations in December.

O’Mara told the Wilmington News Journal that this would be done to assess pollution risks and prepare for a change of ownership or usage.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's environmental secretary, Collin O'Mara, is resigning to become director of the National Wildlife Federation.

Officials with Gov. Jack Markell's administration confirmed Thursday that O'Mara will leave the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control in July to lead the Reston, Virginia-based group.

The 35-year-old O'Mara was tapped by Markell to lead Delaware's environmental agency in 2009, making him the youngest state cabinet official in the nation at the time.

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Delaware Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Collin O’Mara has signed an order that bans three types of Asian species of Horseshoe crabs.

There are concerns that those harvested in places like Thailand and Vietnam carry a significant health risk, diseases and parasites along with fears that they could compete with the native horseshoe crab.

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There were no bids from contractors in the latest phase of deepening the Delaware River channel and using the sand to rebuild Broadkill Beach.

With the latest setback the Army Corps of Engineers says that it will try to figure out why there were no bids before moving forward.

Delaware Environmental chief Collin O’Mara told the Wilmington News Journal that he had just signed the last five outstanding easements that would have allowed the sand to be pumped onto Broadkill when he learned yesterday afternoon about the no-bid situation.