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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials are wrapping up a series of public meetings on proposed increase in user fees at Delaware's state parks.

The fiscal 2015 capital budget approved by lawmakers earlier this year authorized the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to propose a fee increase after receiving public comment and approval of advisory councils.

Officials have held public comment sessions in Sussex and New Castle counties, and the final session was scheduled for Tuesday at Killens Pond in Kent County.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - An organization trying to promote a healthy and welcoming living and work environment in downtown Wilmington is asking a state panel for several hundred thousand dollars.

Downtown Visions is asking for a state Strategic Fund grant of up to $368,000 to expand its safety and patrol services in a targeted section of downtown Wilmington.

The state Council on Development Finance was scheduled to consider the request at its meeting Monday.

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Delaware environmental officials have sent violation notices out to DuPont Company and Alma Properties LLC for illegally stockpiling soil that damaged the I-495 Bridge across the Christina River in east Wilmington.

This is the first legal move by the state to recover the $45 million price tag for repairing the bridge that was dramatically shutdown after its support columns were found to be titled.

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The Delaware department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says it will be reissuing a permit to allow Bloom Energy to consumer more than natural gas than originally anticipated for its electrical project.

Officials say that they forgot to update the permit as the project grew larger at a Delmarva Power substation.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Bloom project has been challenged by local residents who said the fuel-cell maker’s products are not as efficiently as promised.         

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New Castle County officials are ready to offer $6.6 million to two major landowners so they do not develop their farmland near Port Penn.

That’s despite the appraisal of a state agency that found that was too high for one of the farms.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the county is now hoping to use money from a federal conservation program to cover the cost of the deal.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control recommended the outright purchase of just one farm was $1 million less.

More than a ton of sulfur dioxide was emitted at the Delaware City Refinery.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says that more than 2,750 pounds of the chemical compound was released from the refinery around 8:30 p.m. on Monday.

The facility is owned by PBF Energy.

DNREC is investigating the incident.

The Markell administration has turned down a proposal to lease an office block in Dover that was built by a developer now facing bank fraud and money laundering charges.

The State Street Commons was built by an investor group led by Michael Zimmerman.

And his brother had helped craft the lease proposal as a top employee of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

The state environmental agency had been looking at leasing the building since 2008.

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The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says the Delaware City Refinery released 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide.

The incident occurred late last night for the second time in August.

The cause is still under investigation.

State officials say the company released the chemical into the air in early August.

In that instance it was due to an equipment malfunction that has since been fixed.

The Environmental Protection Agency has classified Sulfur dioxide as a hazardous substance.


CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say seven piping plover chicks have been spotted on the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says two pairs of piping plovers hatched chicks last week. Both broods of the threatened shore bird have moved away from the nest site toward the shoreline to feed.

Two other plover pairs in the area are still incubating their eggs. Monitors are keeping a lookout for two more pairs who may renest after they lost their nests.



NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Members of the board overseeing Delaware's Sustainable Energy Utility are meeting amid heightened public scrutiny of the energy efficiency program.

The SEU oversight panel was scheduled to meet Friday morning at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control offices in New Castle.

Lawmakers voted in 2008 to establish the oversight board to help promote energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in Delaware.


     With the warm weather comes the annual mosquito eradication spraying.

    The Delaware state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Mosquito Control Section has begun treating wooded wetlands near populated areas in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties.

   There are approximately 7,000 to 10,000 acres that have woodland pools where early season mosquitoes breed in quantity.


      DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware is looking for volunteers to help plant dune grasses.

     The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says beach grass will be planted Saturday on public beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay. The planting will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until noon at various locations. Those interested in volunteering can find locations on the department's website.