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Alert #76

Event Wednesday, August 23rd. Ask AMTRAK to Stop Polluting Wilmington’s Rivers 

Port Penn, DE August 22, 2000. Green Delaware’s Corporate Responsibility Campaign is asking major Wilmington employers to do their part to clean up the City’s raw sewage dumping by controlling their own discharges and by supporting legislation to prohibit “Combined Sewer Overflows” as of Jan 1, 2008. 

The influence of Wilmington’s corporate community­the City’s real rulers­is needed to overcome the negligence of state and Federal environmental regulators, who are conniving with the City to keep the sewage flowing. For example, Shawn Garvin of EPA Region III recently claimed that EPA could not require cleanup of the sewage overflows because “Wilmington can’t afford it.” 

The target for Wednesday, August 23 is Amtrak. So, come on down to the Wilmington Amtrak station at 11:15. Meet some trains. Hand out some leaflets. Have some fun. Help educate Amtrak customers and employees about what they can do to “hold it in” during rainy weather. 

Green Delaware has written to George Warrington, the President and CEO of Amtrak, saying: “We have these suggestions for AMTRAK: 

(1) ask employees and customers to “hold it” during rain, 
(2) lock bathrooms during rain, 
(3) install portable toilets for use during rain, and 
(4) install holding tanks in AMTRAK facilities so sewage can be retained during rain.” 
We also asked for a meeting. We’ll let you know Amtrak’s response. If you can’t make it, email Warrington, csscweb@amtrak.com, or call him at 1-202-906-3000.

Pro-pollution Governor Tom Carper, a candidate for the US Senate, is on the Amtrak board of directors. Contact Carper at: Home (listed number) 302.764.7478 Dover office 302.739.4101 Wilmington office: 302. 577.3210 Email: ssnyder@state.de.us, pcherry@state.de.us.

This is election season. Please raise the sewer issue with any candidates you encounter: ask them to support state legislation to prohibit CSOs by Jan 1, 2008. 

(Mark your calendar for future events: August 30th: Wilmington Trust Company. September 6th, the Community Services Building.) 

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GreenDel@dca.net

or contact
Alan J. Muller, Exec. Director
P.O. Box 69
Port Penn, DE 19731
302-834-3466 Voice
302-836-3005 FAX

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This page was last updated on August 29, 2000.
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