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January 30, 2003

Rod Thompson, Hearing Officer
Office of the Secretary
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
89 Kings Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901

RE: Public Hearing on Air Permit Application for Motiva's Pollution Control Upgrade Projects

Dear Mr. Thompson:

My name is Nicholas A. DiPasquale. I reside [ . . . ] in Dover. I am a citizen of the State of Delaware. My comments on the proposed air permit application by Motiva for the Pollution Control Upgrade Projects reflect my own personal interests in protecting the environment, public health and natural resources of the state. I represent no private interests in this matter. My comments follow:

In closing, I respectfully request that the secretary reject Motiva's permit application for the non-regenerative WGS, force the company to meet its obligation to install the regenerative WGS as required by the Consent Decree, and impose stipulated penalties against the company if it fails to meet the installation deadline. The department should be direct and unambiguous in its dealings with this company. You have an obligation to protect the health and welfare of the citizens of this state from the reckless conduct of this irresponsible company.

I appreciate the opportunity to provide my comments to the department on this important issue.

Nicholas A. DiPasquale

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mr. DiPasquale is a new member of the Delaware Audubon Society's Board of Directors, and is former Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Although his testimony was presented as a private citizen, Delaware Audubon fully supports his comments.

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