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Action Wednesday, Aug 9th. Join us if you can. 
MBNA asked to help clean up the Wilmington sewers

Green Delaware continues "Corporate Responsibility" campaign Wed. August 9th

Please note the following.  Join us if you can.  If not, please call MBNA, 1.800.362.6255.  Please also call the Wilmington News ("Stooge") Journal,  (Jean Buchanan, City Editor, 302.324.2882, jbuchana@wilmingt.gannett.com).  Ask them to cover the event.  We expect 
the usual blackout of a Green Delaware event by the Stooge.  This will only change when lots of people complain.)

NEWS RELEASE     from Green Delaware     August 8, 2000

        Credit card giant MBNA helps pollute it's Wilmington Delaware backyard.

        On Aug.  9, at 1200, Green Delaware will ask MBNA employees in Wilmington 
to "hold it " during rainy weather, until Wilmington's polluting sewer system is fixed.

        MBNA called upon to "be a good citizen" and support legislation to outlaw raw sewage dumping by Jan 1, 2008.

Outside Wilmington Delaware is a big billboard saying "Welcome to Wilmington, international headquarters of MBNA."  Not said is that the bathrooms in MBNA's fancy new Wilmington buildings flush directly into Wilmington's antique sewer system, in which rainwater and toilet flushing goes into the same pipes.  Whenever it rains, these pipes overflow directly into the Brandywine and Christina Rivers through 38 "Combined Sewer Overflows."  These polluted rivers are used for fishing, wading, swimming, and boating by City residents.  Green Delaware and many state legislators feel the City government is not serious about ending this problem.  According to the City plan, 11 of the 38 overflows would be partially cleaned up after 19 years, and 27 would remain.  (Last week, Mayor Jim Sills claimed that "not enough sewage goes into the rivers to cause health problems."  Tom Noyes, assistant to Sills, had no comment for 
Green Delaware.)

State legislation to get rid of the sewer overflows by 2008 has broad support.  The key part of the bill requires that the overflows be eliminated, not just reduced.

Green Delaware is asking Wilmington's corporations to use their enormous influence to help get this bill passed when the state legislature re-convenes in January.  In the meanwhile, Green Delaware asks MBNA to put in portable toilets for employee use during rainy weather.  MBNA's environmental behavior in Delaware, and in Maine, has been widely criticized.  Many organizations, including the Sierra Club, the American College of Physicians, and the National Resources Defense Council, have received money for sponsoring MBNA credit cards

Alan Muller, Executive Director of Green Delaware, commented: "We ask MBNA to be a responsible corporate citizen by getting its raw sewage our of our rivers." .

One Wednesday, August 9, Green Delaware supporters will hand out flyers in front of the MBNA building on Rodney Square, asking MBNA's 2429 Wilmington employees to please avoid using MBNA bathrooms when it's raining, even if it's just raining a little.

Those unable to be in Wilmington are asked to contact MBNA (1.800.362.6255).

For more information on Green Delaware's corporate responsibility campaign contact:  Alan Muller 302.834.3466

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

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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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