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Delaware City Refinery: Stop Killing Our Fish

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The Delaware City Refinery extracts up to 303 million gallons of water each day from the Delaware River.

Over 45 million fish, larvae and eggs are killed each year by the refinery’s water intake system, including recreational and commercial species.

The refinery’s cooling system intake structure has not been updated in over 50 years.

The refinery’s cooling system permit expired in 2002, yet the State of Delaware allows them to keep operating with their outdated technology that kills fish.

The refinery is making record profits while the Delaware River suffers.

Recipients

  • Your Governor
  • Collin O'Mara

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Message

Save our Fish from the Delaware City Refinery

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am very concerned about the lack of action by the State of Delaware on the NPDES Permit for the Delaware City Refinery. A new NPDES Permit is long overdue. It should not give the refinery 10 more years to correct the problem of fish impingement and entrainment.

The Delaware City Refinery extracts up to 303 million gallons of water each day from the Delaware River. Over 45 million fish, larvae and eggs are each year are killed by the refinery's water intake system, including recreational and commercial species.

The refinery's cooling system intake structure has not been updated in over 50 years. The refinery's cooling system permit expired in 2002, yet the State of Delaware allows them to keep operating with their outdated technology that kills fish. The refinery is making record profits while the Delaware River suffers.


There is an affordable solution. The State of Delaware's 2011 Best Technology Available (BTA) Determination report by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) found that it was both affordable and achievable for the refinery to install a closed-cycle cooling system. It will cost the Refinery an estimated $75-$120 million to install this existing and proven technology. Environmental restoration needed to replace the number of striped bass alone that are killed each year by the refinery's cooling system would be $428 million. Closed-cycle cooling is a comparative bargain.

Please promptly notice an NPDES permit for the Delaware City Refinery that requires immediate action on fish impingement and entrainment.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]