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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware lawmakers want to establish a state trust fund to coordinate and manage financial resources for clean water initiatives.

Democratic Gov. John Carney signaled his support Tuesday by announcing that he would propose $50 million in next year's capital budget for wastewater, stormwater, drainage and drinking water infrastructure.

Officials say the $50 million is in addition to $20 million for clean water programs in the current year's budget, and can be used to leverage federal funds.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials say a southern Delaware poultry processing facility with a history of wastewater violations has reported an accidental discharge of up to 1 million gallons of partially treated wastewater.

Officials say Arkansas-based Mountaire Farms reported that the release was discovered about 5 a.m. Wednesday after a wastewater system component failed. Mountaire says the release was contained onsite, with no discharge to nearby Swann Creek.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials have reached an agreement with a southern Delaware poultry processing company over wastewater violations.

Officials said Wednesday that Allen Harim has signed a conciliation order settling past violations at its processing facility in Harbeson and at a hatchery facility in Dagsboro.

The settlement includes an administrative penalty of $300,000, although half that amount can be applied to a project to improve water quality in the Broadkill River Watershed.

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A new report finds that 74 of 98 large meat-processing plants it looked at nationwide dumped illegal levels of nitrogen, fecal bacteria and other pollutants into waterways since January of 2016.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the study noted Allen Harim is looking at $241-thousand fine for dozens of wastewater-related violations at its plant in Harbson.

The company has appealed that decision.

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Kent County in Delaware is about to undertake the repair of aging wastewater pipeline along the median of U.S. Route 13 in Dover.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it’s a long promised project that will stretch 2.8 miles and is sure to give motorists along the busy route congestion headaches.

The project calls for inserting a 18-to-20 inch plastic pipe into a 24-inch concrete sewage pipe.

The paper says it will run from West Denney’s Road near Delaware Technical Community College to South Garden Lanes near Burlington.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Another lawsuit has been filed against an Arkansas-based poultry company accused of committing wastewater violations at a Delaware processing plant.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports the lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of more than 80 people primarily focuses on groundwater nitrate contamination near Mountaire Farms' neighbors in Sussex County. It seeks compensation and punitive damages for odors and water pollution it says is linked to near Mountaire's "illegal and reckless disposal of waste."

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Nearly 700 people will be part of a class action lawsuit against a Delaware poultry processor over wastewater violations.

A partner at law firm Baird, Mandalas and Brockstedt, Chase Brockstedt, tells WBOC-TV the lawsuit against Mountaire Farms will be filed Wednesday.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Contractors working on a controversial wastewater project off Delaware's coast have abandoned a 700-foot-long (213-meter) hole and the steel casing stuck inside.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Manson Construction Company stopped work on the hole off Deauville Beach last month and began drilling a hole for the Rehoboth Beach ocean outfall project just 10 feet (3 meters) south.

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Mountaire Farms is offering to pay 88 neighbors of one of its chicken plants in Sussex County to dig deeper wells or connect them to a public water supply.

The offer comes after a wastewater discharge in which state investigators found that workers had sprayed highly contaminated effluent on hundreds of acres of farm land and failed to report it.

The company issued an apology for the anxiety suffered by resident in Millsboro and pledged to remedy the situation.

Company says it is now reaching out to those who are eligible.

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REHBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Rehoboth Beach commissioners have approved four bid awards to three contractors for construction of the city's ocean outfall wastewater project.

Construction is expected to begin this fall on the controversial outfall project, in which treated wastewater would be dumped into the Atlantic Ocean about a mile from Rehoboth's popular tourist beach.

Commissioners voted Monday to award bids totaling more than $37 million, with the ocean outfall bid awarded to Manson Construction of Seattle for $27.6 million.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - Shellfish harvest in the Delaware Bay and inland rivers has been suspended for the second time this year because of wastewater discharge.

The Delaware State News reports Kent County Public Works Director Andrew Jakubowitch says the Kent County wastewater treatment plant has been discharging "undertreated" wastewater since July 5 because of operational issues, resulting in significantly elevated levels of the enterococcus bacteria.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's environmental secretary has approved Rehoboth Beach's plan to discharge the city's treated wastewater into the Atlantic Ocean.

Officials said Thursday that the ocean outfall will eliminate discharges into Delaware's Inland Bays.

City officials chose ocean outfall to comply with a court order to stop discharging effluent into the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal by June 2018.

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The Rehoboth Outfall project will get one last look by the Delaware Environmental Secretary Shawn Garvin before permits for the project are issued.

Although he has said he has no intention of reopening the process it has given opponents of the projects hope.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Garvin has been meeting quietly with environmentalists, the Sussex County wastewater treatment companies and Rehoboth Beach officials.

The pipeline would carry treated sewer water to the ocean to around a mile east of where many tourists swim.

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Allen Harim has been found to have committed a number of environmental violations at its wastewater treatment plant in Harbeson.

There was one instance where it discharged double the allotted amount of ammonia concentration into the Beaverdam Creek for the month.

WBOC reports that that authorities at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said that this was the result of the inadequacy of the equipment as well process overloads.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Scientists say they will soon help Chesapeake Bay fisherman by mapping the water's low-oxygen dead zones in real time.

Poor oxygen levels often force fish out of the bay's cool bottom waters. William and Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science says it will show anglers where the fish may have gone.

The university says it's using experimental computer models to map and forecast the bay's dead zones. The oxygen-poor areas are created when excess nitrogen from fertilizers and wastewater flow into the water and boost the growth of algae.

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Most of the overtime for resort towns along the Delmarva coastline goes to public works, wastewater and the police.

Wilmington News Journal reports that the expenditures can get as high as $13-thousand or the equivalent of an extra day of work.

But city officials say providing overtime is easier and more efficient than hiring an extra person part-time.

Sharon Lynn, city manager of Rehoboth Beach, told the Delmarva Media Group that it means a quicker response and a quicker process than hiring someone.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is proposing a new service fee on Delaware households to pay for a plan to clean up Delaware's waterways.

Administration officials say the fee, which will be indexed to inflation and collected through county property taxes, would generate about $30 million annually.

Markell noted in his State of the State address in January that Delaware's rivers, lakes and bays are so polluted that residents are advised not to swim in them or eat fish from them.

Under a deal negotiated with Honeywell International a Wilmington City Council panel moved to approve a $35 million plan for a landfill-gas-fueled plant that would generate power and dry sludge at the city’s regional wastewater plant.

The full council is expected to vote as early as Thursday on the plan for the 20-year construction and operation agreement with the company.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Honeywell projected that the new operation would save Wilmington a total of $16.7 million by 2034.

 

      REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Some farmers and environmentalists are opposing Rehoboth Beach's plan to channel treated wastewater through a pipeline offshore in the Atlantic Ocean.

     The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the Board of Commissioners hasbeen seeking an alternative to the current procedure, which deposits effluent into the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal. They requested a $25 million loan from the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to find it.

 

             Dumping treated-wastewater from Rehoboth Beach into the ocean is the safest way to dispose of it.

            That’s the conclusion of a draft environmental study by GHD Inc that will be used by Delaware’s Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund to build the proposed outfall.

            A public hearing has been set for April 10th at Rehoboth’s Convention Hall.

            Chris Bason, executive director of the Center for the Inland Bays, told the Wilmington News Journal…that he has not had a chance to read the report.