FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Wallace at jen@gpde.us or 302-588-6919
June 3, 2013

Green Party of Delaware members join opposition to the Delaware City Refinery’s Title V Permit

Demand a reduction in pollution, not an increase. Concerned about safety in light of the recent train derailment at the Refinery.

WILMINGTON, DE — Green Party of Delaware members will be among those concerned citizens adding their opposition voices to the approval of the federal Title V permit that the Delaware City Refinery is seeking at a public hearing on Tuesday, June 4th at 6pm at the Delaware City Fire Hall. The Refinery is asking to emit up to 33% more toxins into Delaware’s air with this permit. It is the contention of the Green Party of Delaware that Delaware, as one of the states with the highest rates of cancer, does not need more pollution.

Additionally, the Green Party is asking for real-time air quality monitoring, which is not currently done. The Refinery is the largest tar sands refining plant on the East Coast and has been experiencing record profits from its tar sands processing. According to The New Journal on May 2, 2013, PBF Energy, the company that owns the Refinery, cited “better than originally planned” earnings for its tar sands processing, which included a $100.1 million first quarter operating income. The Refinery can easily afford to be a responsible corporate citizen and install real-time monitoring.

Additionally, the Green Party is calling for increased safety measures to prevent pollution from flaring, an adequate emergency response plan that is developed with community input and modern pollution controls. The derailment and toppling of four railcar tankers delivering diluted bitumen on the Refinery’s new railyard on May 25th raises doubts about the facility’s capacity to manage its product safely.

What: Refinery Air Pollution Permit Public Hearing

Where: Delaware City Fire Department (815 5th Street Delaware City, Delaware 19706)

When:  The hearing begins at 6pm. There will be tailgating by other social and environmental justice groups, like the Sierra Club, starting 5pm.

For more information:

Green Party of DE – http://gpde.us
Green Party of the United States – http://www.gp.org
Sierra Club, Delaware Chapter- http://delaware.sierraclub.org

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PBF DE City Refinery

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