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Reminder: Leaf-burning prohibited statewide to protect public health

With autumn leaves beginning to fall, DNREC’s Division of Air Quality is reminding residents that burning leaves is prohibited statewide. The leaf-burning ban, in effect since February 1995, is important to protect people from harmful chemicals that are produced by open burning, officials said.

Millsboro study to look at origins of cancer cluster near plant

In a chemical-laden world – from the cosmetics women wear and the chemicals in dry cleaning to the more obvious pollutants, such as smoke stacks and cigarettes – it is easy to get exposed to something dangerous. What’s not as easy is knowing if and/or when that something could lead to serious and lasting side-effects, or even disease.

DNREC cleaning up former gas station site west of Millville

Activity on a parcel of land just east of the intersection of Routes 17 and 26, across from Hocker’s SuperCenter, has been drawing curious glances and questions from passersby in recent weeks.

Offshore wind industry topic of discussion

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Rep. John Carney (all D-Del.) recently attended a meeting hosted by Carper to discuss the future of the offshore wind industry in the U.S. with key stakeholders from state and local governments, as well as members of the private sector.

UD garners $1M in funding for energy efficiency training

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Rep. John Carney (all D-Del.) recently announced a total of $1 million in Department of Energy (DOE) funding to help train undergraduate- and graduate-level engineering students at the University of Delaware in manufacturing efficiency.

Polluters face tougher penalty under new law

Legislation enhancing financial penalties for polluters who repeatedly break Delaware’s environmental protection statutes has become law, Attorney General Beau Biden announced this week.

Carper introduces bill to encourage offshore wind energy

Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) recently introduced legislation to provide financial incentives for investment in offshore wind energy. Joining Carper and Snowe as cosponsors were Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

Report describes water pollution caused by poultry production

Broiler chickens are produced by the millions in industrial facilities concentrated in just a handful of states, and much of the waste they produce ends up polluting the nation’s waterways. These are just two issues highlighted in a new report released this week by the Pew Environment Group.

Reports suggest DuPont herbicide may damage trees

DuPont Professional Products has issued a warning to professional landscapers via their Web site to not use Imprelis, a DuPont-manufactured herbicide, near Norway spruce and white pine trees, amid concern from landscape professionals that the herbicide may damage the trees. The U.S.

Legislation protecting Delaware’s environment wins appeal

A bill that will lead to stronger enforcement of Delaware’s environmental protection laws – and stiffer consequences for polluters who repeatedly break those laws – passed the state Senate late on June 30.

Delaware teams with Bloom Energy

On June 9, Gov. Jack Markell announced that, after 14 months of effort, the state of Delaware, was teaming up with California-based fuel-cell manufacturer Bloom Energy, along with Delmarva Power and the University of Delaware, to bring Bloom manufacturing to the state.

Local farms offer pick-your-own-fruit

Coastal Point • File Photo

Apples
September-October
n T.S. Smith and Sons
Bridgeville (302) 337-8271

Replenish program completes circle of life for the restaurant fare

Every night, thousands of people dine at restaurants in Sussex County, Del., particularly in the summer. And every night, thousands of plates with food waste get scraped into garbage cans, where they are hauled away and added to the landfill – a landfill that isn’t getting any bigger, but is certainly getting much fuller.

UD wind turbine still energetic at one year old

Last June, the University of Delaware commissioned a 256-foot Gamesa wind turbine at its Lewes campus. Since then the university has been doing various studies involving the turbine, including studying the impact of turbines on avian and bat populations.

Bluewater, Delmarva Power extend windfarm agreement

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Rep. John Carney (all D-Del.) this week welcomed an announcement that NRG/Bluewater Wind had extended the deadline in their agreement with Delmarva Power for an additional three months.

Delaware Senate passes environmental protection bill

Polluters who ignore Delaware’s environmental laws and illegally send harmful chemicals and substances into the air, land and water face stronger enforcement actions and greater financial consequences under legislation passed recently by the state Senate.

Workshop to explore potential for aquaculture in inland bays

“Despite decades of decline, oysters do have a new future in Delaware. With science and good management, oyster production can be, and should be, encouraged and nurtured to resume its place as an important food crop, much the same as peaches, lima beans and chickens are now identified with our state.”

Delaware Tech announces new programs for jobs

New programs for new careers are the focus of an information session being offered by Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown. Free and open to the public, the college will host two sessions on Wednesday, June 22, in the Carter Partnership Center, Room 540. Potential students of all ages are being invited to attend in the morning from 10 to 11 a.m. or in the evening from 6 to 7 p.m. Attendees will be able to speak to faculty who are knowledgeable in the fields represented.

Farm-to-table dinner to celebrate local foods

Good Earth Market and Organic Farm will again be hosting a Farm to Table event on Tuesday, June 7. Cocktails will be available from 6 to 7 p.m. in the herb garden and on the patio and dinner will start at 7 p.m., outside, in the field behind the market.

Nage chef to demonstrate at Lewes farmers market

On Saturday, June 4, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market will open at the Lewes Historical Society Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter Street, at the corner of West 3rd and Shipcarpenter Streets, in Lewes. The market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.

Nage chef to talk ‘slow food’ on June 4

What better way to celebrate the mantra of “slower lower” Delaware than with a slow-food movement? Or, to simplify it by quoting a plaque in a local food establishment — “good food isn’t fast, and fast food isn’t good.”

Nominations close soon for Young Environmentalist Awards

There’s still time to nominate that Delaware student who is working to make a difference for the environment for DNREC’s 2011 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011.

Bella's releasing new products at Lewes Farmers Market

Bella’s Cookies will begin its sixth year at the Historic Lewes Farmer’s Market on Saturday, May 28. This year, Bella’s will be introducing several new products on opening day and several other new items throughout the course of the summer.

Historic Lewes Farmers Market opening for sixth season

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market will open for its sixth season on Saturday, May 28, (Memorial Day weekend) and run through Oct. 29.

Smith farm enters the new millennium with solar energy

Local farmers will now rely on the sun to energize their plants – and their buildings.

Flexera VP first solar pro in state to earn NABCEP certification

Flexera Inc. Vice President Benjamin Farr this month became the first solar professional in Delaware, and among the first nationwide, to become certified as a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) photovoltaic (PV) technical sales professional.

Safe Haven sanctuary aims to make Delaware a no-kill state

Green building on track for fall completion

Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary is scheduled to open its doors this fall to cats and dogs in need. The no-kill animal sanctuary is currently constructing a 19,500-square-foot facility on a 13-acre parcel of land in Georgetown. The nonprofit is funded through adoption fees, grants and the public’s generosity through donations. It was modeled after Best Friends, a no-kill shelter in Utah.

Proper pruning provides improvement for plants

Before beginning any pruning project, ask yourself some questions: Why to prune? What do you want to accomplish?

Farmers offered resources for solar technology upgrades

Farmers who want to learn more about solar technology and determine if it is something they want to explore further can check out the Solar Technology and Resources Guide, which was developed by the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA). The guide is a resource designed to assist agricultural entities in understanding all that goes into a solar project and how to make it happen.

The Dirt--Pot ABCs (No, not that kind)

It’s time! You’ve got pots, planters, window boxes, whiskey barrels and hanging baskets sitting there, waiting for you. There’s no excuse for leaving them empty when container culture is one of the easiest ways to enjoy flowers.

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