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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - The state has approved a $7.5 million public grant to build a proposed data center and natural gas power plant in Middletown.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the state Infrastructure Investment Committee voted Wednesday to give taxpayer dollars to Cirrus Delaware LLC, on the condition that the company receive an approved environmental permit and provides information to the state about who will be behind the funding and operation of the facility.

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The Middletown Town Council gave its unanimous approval to the proposed data center and it natural gas co-generation power plant.

Located in the Westown part of the city the center with its 52.5 megawatt facility has drawn some sharp opposition from local residents.

Opponents last night presented a petition with 530 signatures demanding some answers to some of their concerns.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that one centered on whether the smoke stack height could increase the number of such ailments as asthma and cancer as well as premature death.

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The New York publisher Conde’ Nast just slashed 30 workers from its employment rolls in Wilmington.

The office handled work ranging from accounting and payroll to human resources and information technology.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 15 of the jobs were eliminated with the rest being out-sourced to Costa Rica.

Some of the jobs will be phased-out late this year.

Last year the company cut its presence leaving behind its data center near Glasgow.

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The Delaware legislature slipped $7.5 million into the state’s capital budget to provide a grant for a data center that has drawn some opposition from the residents of Middletown.

Representative Quinn Johnson, who represents the Middletown area, supports the data center and the power plant that goes along with it.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that Pete Sullivan, a member of Residents Concerned About the Middletown Power Plant, said residents urged Johnson to oppose the measure in the budget.

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The city of Newark has spent more than $577,000 on legal and consulting fees related to a data center at the former Chrysler assembly plant site that was ultimately rejected by the University of Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports city Finance Director Lou Vitola says the city paid $509,324 to the law firm Connolly Gallagher since October 2013. The city also paid $53,959 to the Dover firm of Prickett Jones & Elliott and $14,270 to Liberty Environmental Inc.

New Castle County Council member Stu Markham is calling on the University of Delaware to more thoroughly vet major projects.

He says he wants to avoid the drawn out battle that developed over the proposed data center that included a gas-fired power plant at the old Chrysler site which drew sharp local opposition.

The University announced the termination of its 75 year lease with The Data Centers LLC with the viability of its plans for the 279-megawatt power plant coming into question. website

The Environmental Protection Agency says the agency has not given its blessing to the gas-fired power plant that would come with the data center at the proposed facility in Newark.

EPA Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin said that a letter from his agency supporting the type of cogeneration technology planned for the site…is not an endorsement of the project.

And Representative John Kowalko (D-Newark) told the Wilmington News Journal that the letter should not be used as an endorsement.

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The battle over the proposed data center in Newark is expected to revolve around an off-the-grid power plant that would be built for the facility and whether those plant emissions would harm the local neighborhoods.

Legal briefs were filed with the Newark Board of Adjustment for a hearing next week on the city’s January zoning decision that allows for the gas-fired cogeneration plant on the former Chrysler site.

A Newark resident says she’s ready to challenging the city’s zoning decision last month that allows a 237-megawatt power plant as part of a planned data-processing center.

Sherry Hoffman filed her appeal this week with the Newark Board of Adjustment.

She is asking that the Board overturn a January decision by the city planner that gives the green light to the project located at the former Chrysler plant.

Hoffman lives near the facility.

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Delaware Governor Jack Markell defended his plans to build a data center and a power plant at the former Chrysler site in Newark.

He told a town hall meeting last night that the projects would bring jobs to the state – especially in these difficult economic times.

Markell said, “We have to stop saying no.”