The management of solid and hazardous wastes, and hazardous materials, has long been a core function of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).
The Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances takes the lead on these issues, and works closely with other parts of the Department to make sure that hazardous materials and solid and hazardous wastes are properly handled, disposed of, or recycled. The division responds, at any time, to hazardous environmental spills and other emergencies, and oversees cleanup of polluted sites to protect human health, safety and the environment. It regulates and oversees cleanup of above ground and underground storage tank sites. And the division regulates boilers and other pressurized tanks to help keep the public safe.
To report incidents requiring a response by the DNREC Emergency Response Team, the State Emergency Response Team or the Environmental Crimes Unit (ECU), use the 24-hour, toll-free complaint line: 1.800.662.8802. Or 302.739.9401. Verizon Wireless users can use #367.
Many businesses and industries create wastes that must be managed and disposed of to protect the environment and human health. The Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances oversees regulatory and permitting programs to control waste and works closely with community and industrial leaders to find ways to reduce the creation of waste and to re-use and recycle where possible.
Responding to old debris pits and the sinkholes that they can cause
Reducing the creation of solid and hazardous waste through the Pollution Prevention Program
Managing wastewater through the Groundwater Discharges Section
Our mission is to protect human health, safety and the environment in Delaware. We take steps to prevent emergencies and accidents. Should they occur, we plan for response and cleanup in ways that will help keep us safe and make cleanup and restoration more efficient.
Lands that have been impacted by solid or hazardous wastes aren’t completely lost to us. The Site Investigation and Restoration Section identifies, evaluates and remediates sites for new uses.
Risk Assessment and Cleanup Standards for site investigation and restoration
Proposed and final site investigation and restoration plans
Long-term stewardship of cleaned-up sites
To report releases of pollutants, spills, trash dumping or other issues, use the toll-free complaint line: 1.800.662.8802
For information about oversight of all waste and hazardous substances programs, contact the Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances: 302.739.9400
For information on community involvement in DNREC programs related to waste management, contact the Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances Outreach Ombudsman: 302.395.2500
For information about response to spills and other environmental emergencies, contact the Emergency Prevention and Response Section: 302.739.9404
For information about restoring polluted lands, contact the Site Investigation and Restoration Section: 302.395.2600
For information about waste management, contact the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section: 302.739.9403
For information about underground and above-ground storage tanks and boiler safety, contact the Tank Management Section: 302.395.2500
For information on the Environmental Crimes Unit, contact the Office of Community Services: 302.739.9959
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