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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 21 - April 27, 2000 Incinerator bill smolde1':00 as it reaches governor's desk By Rosanne Pack With a bill that would ban incin- / erators hear residential areas sit- ting on Gov. Tom Carper's desk as the Cape Gazette went to press April 20, the smoke surrounding the bill's fate had not cleared. Would it simply be signed into law, be vetoed, be left to turn into law without his signature or maybe even get approved with the last minute introduction of a corn- paniori:'! that Would establish a few contingencies for future in- Education accountability passes General Assembly By Rosanne Pack It was 10 years in the making, but Delaware now has a complete education reform package in place. S.B. 260, a student/teacher accountability package finally passed both chambers of the Gen- eral Assembly earlier this week; with Gov. Tom Carper's promised signature, the final piece is in place and the puzzle becomes law. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate ac- knowledge that various compo- nents of the state's sweeping re- form effort will be revisited with regularity, and nipped and tucked to meet the goal of achieving and keeping Delaware education world class. Rep. John Schroeder, D-Lewes, serves on the House Education Committee and has worked on various levels of education reform right through the final vote April 18. He said education reform and other education components will be constantly reexamined to make sure that it remains current and appropriate for Delaware. However, for the time being, he is pleased with the final result and glad to move on to other legisla- tive issues. Sen. George Bunting, D-Bethany Beach, feels that the. final part of the package, account- ability, is the result of tremendous team work and abandonment of partisan politics. Bunting has questioned por- tions of the legislation for months, such as a single test indicator of a student's progress, but he is satis- fied that enough checks and bal- ances are now built in to allow for comprehensive assessment of stu- dents' progress. The final version of S.B. 260 puts off for two years application of state test results to student progress. Critics hope this will al- Lee fundraiser at Arena's April 28 Former Superior Court Judge Bill Lee, campaigning for the Re- publican nomination for Gover- nor, has scheduled a $25 per per- son fundraiser 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 28, at Arena's in Rehoboth Beach. He also plans to address the Seaford Women's Republic- van Club on Thursday, April 27. In addition, Lee has several north- ern Delaware appearances sched- uled. low districts, teachers and even families to adjust to the method of testing and the seriousness of the consequences of the state tests. Since the reform movement be- gan in 1990, steps have been tak- en to standardize academics and make students, teachers and ad- ministrators, and to some extent parents, accountable for progress of lack of in the classroom. cinerator developments? Rep. Shirley Price, D-Millville, said, "I've discussed this with the governor. I had hoped for an amendment that would allow the poultry industry to develop ma- nure burning incinerators that would generate energy. That did not get included, but since no one in the industry is ready to do that in Sussex right now, I hope he signs this. "It's needed to protect the envi- ronment, and as it's written, it contains exemption for burning of poultry carcasses for farmers and vaccine plants." Rep. John Schroeder, D-Lewes, and Sen. George Bunting, D- Bethany Beach, had hoped to See a sunset provision included in the bill. Both think that the technology of energy-producing incinerators is one that deserves monitoring as it is refined and improved. The governor also wanted a sunset provision, but none was forth- coming when the bill was drafted and moved through both General Assembly chambers. Bunting did amend it to exempt the farmers' disposition of poultry carcasses and to exempt cremato- riums. He and Schroeder think that major poultry producers in south- ern Delaware eventually will want to look at using chicken lit- ter as fuel in energy producing in- cinerators. "The poultry industry, environ- mentalists and lawmakers have been working for years to address the poultry waste issue," Schroed- er said. "Pelletizing is now being tried; another component could be to incinerate it and produce ener- gY. "That is a key reason that the governor and many of us were hoping for sunsetting this law. It wouldn't mean that plants and in- cinerators could automatically be built at the end of the sunset time. The issue would just be revisited. The entire permitting process, meeting established regulations would still be part of the process." And poultry manure incinera- tors and a sunset provision were evidently just the things Carper was mulling Thursday afternoon. If he didn't sign or veto S.B. 280 by Saturday, it would become law without his signature. Contacted as the Gazette went to press, Jim Smith, assistant press secretary for Carper, said, "The Governor is reviewing his options very closely. We know the bill is good for the environment, but it doesn't address the needs of the poultry industry in Sussex County. "And it doesn't contain that sunset provision that the Gover- nor really wants. "We're not sure just what is go- ing to happen; it's going down to the wire." i '95 GMC 1500 SLE X-CAB 4X4 271, TOW PACKAGE, 5.7 V8, LOADED As ,Ice as they come $19,995 1 yr. warranty '93-SAAB 900S CONV. 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