Stop the Fish Slaughter at the Delaware City Refinery

This is a repost from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.


Stop the Fish Slaughter at the Delaware City Refinery

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Delaware City Refinery viewed from Battery Park
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It hurts fishing, recreation, jobs, and the health of the River for all

Tell DNREC the Draft Permit they are Considering is Not Good Enough
For more than 13 years, the Delaware City Refinery (DCR) has been operating with an expired Clean Water Act permit and killing an estimated 45 million fish a year.
Over 53 species of fish have been found killed as a result of the DCR cooling operations.
Among those killed are
approximately …

7.7% of all weakfish
27% of all the striped bass and
19% of the bay anchovy
in the Delaware Estuary.

Rather than mandate DCR minimize these fish kills using technology known to be technically and economically feasible at this site, Delaware is proposing to issue a permit that allows the DCR to study the issue for another 4 1/2 years before taking the needed actions. Given the decades of fish kills by the DCR and the failure to meet the requirements of the Clean Water Act for so long, it is time that DNREC mandate compliance with the law and the use of closed cycle cooling.

Help us send the message to DNREC that they need to do better. Please send a letter and tell them that the draft NPDES permit is not enough.

Letters should be submitted by April 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm

By email to:

Or by first class mail to:
Robert Haynes, Hearing Officer
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
P.O. Box 1401, 89 Kings Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901

You can write a letter with a click and DRN will send it in for you at the Delaware Riverkeeper Network website link here:…/urgent-details.aspx…

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