STATEMENT OF THE DELAWARE AUDUBON SOCIETY PERTAINING TO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL (DNREC) AIR PERMIT HEARING, JANUARY 30, 2003, FOR THE INSTALLATION OF NON-REGENERATIVE SCRUBBERS AT MOTIVA ENTERPRISES LOCATED IN DELAWARE CITY, DELAWARE
The Delaware Audubon Society is a statewide chapter of the National Audubon Society with approximately 1500 members throughout the state. It is the opinion of the Delaware Audubon Society that the State of Delaware should not be involved in negotiations with the Motiva refinery to amend the federal consent decree agreed to and signed by all parties involved in March 2001.
We strongly assert that Motiva must be held to the terms of the original consent decree with the addition of a modified agreed-to completion date to allow sufficient time for Motiva to construct and bring into operation a regenerative scrubber unit as originally agreed to by all parties.
Delaware Audubon also requests that DNREC withhold issuing an air permit until a complete and thorough investigation and analysis of the total proposed process has been finished. We feel DNREC should wait to make a final decision on all permits, both air and water, until all pertinent information has been brought forth and the public has had ample time to digest it and respond.
Delaware Audubon does not believe we should have to decide between having clean air or having clean air and water. We believe the protection of both our air and water resources to be a fundamental right of the citizens of Delaware.
Thank you for the opportunity to voice our views and respectfully submit our statement for the public record at this hearing.
Leslie G. Savage
- History of Delaware Audubon and NRDC Actions Against Motiva
- Testimony on Motiva Application by Nicholas A. DiPasquale