Delaware City Refinery

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Representatives from oil refineries, union leaders and Governor John Carney gathered at the Delaware City Refinery to protest a federal rule requiring the purchase of renewable energy credits.

PBF Energy which owns the refinery says those rules which are resulting in ballooning costs.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the oil refineries can either blend biofuels like ethanol or they can purchase the credits.

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The Delaware Attorney General says that the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control violated the Freedom of Information Act.

The office says that the agency failed to properly respond to a request for records by the Delaware Audubon Society last year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the law requires agencies to respond within 15 days by either providing the records, denying the request or asking for more time.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has overwhelmingly approved a bill opening Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone to new heavy industry.

The measure cleared the House on a 34-to-7 vote Tuesday and now goes to the Senate

The bill, supported by Gov. John Carney establishes a permitting process for new use of 14 existing industry sites, including abandoned and polluted brownfields.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposal to open Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone to new heavy industry is getting its first hearing in the legislature.

A House committee hearing on the bill was set for Wednesday amid opposition from several environmental groups.

The bill establishes a permitting process for new use of 14 existing industry sites, most of them abandoned and polluted brownfields.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Lawmakers have introduced a bill to open parts of Delaware's environmentally protected coastal zone to heavy industry.

The legislation introduced Thursday establishes a permitting process for new use of 14 existing heavy industry sites, most of them abandoned and polluted brownfields.

The bill also would allow the currently prohibited transfer of bulk products such as oil and minerals at nine sites that had docking facilities or piers before the Coastal Zone Act was enacted in June 1971.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents has released a report regarding a flash fire at the Delaware City refinery that left a worker with second-degree burns.

Officials with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board held a news conference Thursday to release their findings regarding the 2015 incident, which left a 62-year-old man hospitalized with burns to his face and neck.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents is set to release a report regarding a flash fire at the Delaware City refinery that left a worker with second-degree burns.

Officials with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board scheduled a news conference Thursday to release their findings regarding the 2015 incident, which left a 62-year-old man hospitalized with burns to his face and neck.

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The Delaware City Refinery is balking at paying a $150-thousand fine with its parent company PBF Energy calling it arbitrary and unreasonable.

The fines originated with an incident in 2013 in which state officials determined that the refinery concealed 17 shipments of crude oil and violated the limits on such shipments.

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary David Small handed down the fine in early March based on the determination of his predecessor.          

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - Officials say an equipment malfunction caused the Delaware City Refinery to release a hazardous chemical into the air.
 
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental control announced that the facility released 100 lbs. of sulfur dioxide into the air Wednesday morning.
 
WDEL-FM reports that the chemical is considered hazardous by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
 
The state environmental agency says the facility has fixed the equipment malfunction that was to blame.

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - A state board has dismissed an appeal filed against a project that is going to significantly increase the amount of biofuel being stored at and shipped from a Delaware City refinery.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board voted 5-1 Monday to toss the case, ruling that the two civic groups who brought the appeal did not show their members would suffer direct harm from the project.

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