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Alert #40

Delaware denies Coastal Zone permit for Philpower Incinerator

Port Penn, DE. August 25, 1999. This afternoon Natural Resources Secretary Nick DiPasquale wrote Philpower Corporation a letter denying them a Coastal Zone permit for their proposed waste wood burner on the grounds that he proposed facility is an incinerator, and thus not allowable in the Coastal one. DiPasquale would not immediately provide a copy of the letter, saying "we are closed for business." With regard to public input to DNREC, he said "I don't know that it was overwhelming." He did not want to discuss the ruling in detail, noting that it could be appealed. Philpower could not immediately be reached for comment.

We have little doubt that an effective groundswell of public opposition prevented Philpower from getting this permit. We in Green Delaware offer our sincere thanks to colleagues throughout Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and extending as far as Poland. Many people worked together in solidarity to achieve this goal. A partial list of Philpower opponents includes (in no particular order) Green Delaware, Sierra Club, Delaware Citizens for Clean Air, Delaware Audubon Society, Delaware Ornithological Society, Clean Air Council (Philadelphia), League of Women Voters of Delaware, New Jersey Environmental Federation, Pennsylvania Environmental Network, New Jersey Environmental Lobby, Trustees of New Castle Common, Delaware Nature Society, Wilmington River-City Committee, 7 and 40 Alliance, Grassroots Environmental Organization (New Jersey), Protect All Children's Environment (North Carolina), Mayor and Council of New Castle, NJ/NY Environmental Watch, Clean Water Action, Coalition for Peace and Justice, Environmental Response Network (Seaville NJ), Stockton Peace Action, Richard Stockton College (Pomona NJ), Concerned Citizens of Pennsville/Salem County, Green Party of Delaware, Immanuel Episcopal Church, New Castle Visitors' Bureau, Reform Party of Delaware, Minquadale Civic Association, Simmonds Gardens Civic Association, Rosegate Civic Association, Collins Park Civic Association, Eden-Hamilton Park Civic Association, Holloway Terrace Civic Improvement Association, Waterfront Watch --Wilmington.

The fight's not over. Philpower might appeal, and misguided City of Wilmington officials are actually ENCOURAGING Philpower to locate in a polluted low income area in their city. (This proposed location is not in the Coastal Zone.) 

Look for more details in upcoming Green Delaware News. (C) Alan Muller

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