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18 FRIDAY, JANUARY 18- MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013 I~IEWS Cape Gazette Executive Order 36 puts regulations under review By Kara Nuzback U.S. District Court in Virginia ruled Jan. 3 that the EPA over- stepped its authority, saying Delaware officials are solicit- stormwater runoff is not a pollu- ing help from the public to get tant and cannot be regulated by rid of red tape and improve effi- the EPA, even if it is a vehicle for ciency in state government, and sediment, which is a pollutant. environmental officials heard Collins said he hopes the case numerous complaints during a will have an impact in Delaware. Jan. 7 public hearing. Executive Order 36 was meant To combat overregulation, only to address regulations that Gov. Jack Markell in June signed are at least three years old, but Executive Order 36, establishing recent septic regulations were a process to review, modify and repeatedly questioned during possibly eliminate certain state the hearing. agency regulations. Under new septic regulations A public hearing for regula- aimed at cleaning up the state's tions imposed by the Delaware waterways, DNREC will require Department of Natural Re- enhanced nutrient removal sys- sources and Environmental Con- tems for new or replacement sys- trol at Sussex Central -High tems for residents within 1,000 School in Georgetown, drew a feet of Chesapeake Bay tidal wa- large, energetic crowd, ters. The systems will likely cost DNREC Deputy Secretary between $2,500 and $6,000. In- David Small opened the hearing spection of the new systems, by explaining the agency over- costing from $350 to $450, will be sees state parks, energy, air, required every six months at the waste, water and fish and owner's expense, and DNREC wildlife. "We're trying to do this has the power to require more with an eye towards maintaining frequent inspections. environmental standards," he Collins said by requiring two said. inspections per year, the state is Small said DNREC is obligated expecting the new systems to to follow federal Environmental perform poorly. Protection Agency standards, He said residents are still but the way in which those stan- struggling from the 2009 eco- dards are met is up for review, nomic downturn, and property "We're here tonight really to lis- values have gone down, includ- ten to you all," he said. ing his own rental properties. He Some audience members testi- said when creating new regula- fled the state is not beholden to tions, DNREC should keep in the EPA. Homeowner Larry mind residents' net worth has Mayo said the U.S. Constitution decreased. Collins received ap- does not give the federal govern- plause from the audience for his ment authority over private land. comments. Mayo said state representatives Bob Coleman, an engineer and should have more control over 30-year property owner in Sus- him than the president. To legis- sex County, said residents want lators in the audience, Mayo said, high air and water quality, but "I'd like to see you guys grow a regulations seem created only to large set ofcojones." exert control, not to make a sig- Positive Growth Alliance Ex- nificant improvement in the en- ecutive Director Rich Collins vironment. said the EPA recently told Vir- Coleman said the state should ginia it had to invest billions to stand up to the EPA when its regulate stormwater runoff. A standards become costly and Va. case against EPA to have little impact in Delaware By Kara Nuzback by Delaware Department of Nat- ural Resources and Environmen- tal Control, Positive Growth A1- Controlling stormwater runoff liance Executive Director Rich is a topic of debate in Sussex Collins cited a recent victory in County. 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Coleman said new septic regu- lations are overreaching, and strict controls on nitrogen im- pose severe financial hardships for people. "It just seems totally wrong to be clamping down on people unless there's some bene- fit to be had," he said. Some audience members were concerned Executive Order 36 could lead to further encroach- ment on the Inland Bays. Selbyville resident David Jaeger said as the economy in Sussex County improves, devel- opment will pick up. He said natural resources that attract people to Sussex could be ex- posed to pollution and overde- velopment if regulations are pulled back. "One of the main protectors of the Inland Bays wa- tershed is DNREC," Jaeger said. Bill Moyer, president of the In- land Bays Foundation, said progress toward cleaning up the Inland Bays has stalled because of Sussex County Council's fail- ure to reguhte development and because certain organizations in the county believe positive growth is the freedom to develop without government interfer- ence. Heolth & Wellness firststoleheolth, corn OUR TEAM Trip DelCampo, DC John Rees DC Moyer said studies have removal of regulations. shown protecting the environ- Moyer said DNREC should ment actually creates jobs and give little credence to testimony improves the economy. Clean that is not backed by scientific water means more fish, crabs studies. and oysters, which benefits fish- Small said residents could sub- ermen and restaurants and mit comments in writing until boosts tourism, he said. Friday, March 1. 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