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Topic: Waste and Hazardous Substances


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, use the 24-hour, toll-free complaint line: 1.800.662.8802. Or 302.739.9401. Verizon Wireless users can use #367.


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Managing Solid and Hazardous Waste

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.

Open burning in Delaware

Regulation of hazardous and infectious wastes in Delaware

Responding to old debris pits and the sinkholes that they can cause

The Delaware Scrap Tire Program

Reducing the creation of solid and hazardous waste through the Pollution Prevention Program

Assistance in closing underground storage tanks (USTs) that store heating fuel from the Tank Management Section

Managing wastewater through the Groundwater Discharges Section

Delaware Recycles

Keeping us Safe

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.

The Accidental Release Prevention Program

The Emergency Prevention and Response Section

Delaware’s Emergency Response Team

Information on Emergency Services

The Delaware Boiler Safety Program

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act (EPCRA) Reporting Program

Cleaning Up and Reusing

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.

Delaware Brownfields

The Hazardous Substance Cleanup Act (HSCA) Program

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


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Important Phone Numbers

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

Public Meetings

Meetings of the Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances

Meetings of the Office of Community Services

Regulations

Emergency Prevention and Response (Accidental Release Prevention, Reporting a Discharge of a Pollutant or Air Contaminant)

Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Reporting Requirements

Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Section (Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste)

Site Investigation & Restoration Section (Hazardous Substance Cleanup)

Tank Management Section (Aboveground and Underground Storage Tanks, Boiler Safety)

Social Media

Delaware Recycles on Facebook

E-Mail Lists

Air and Waste Management (Send a blank e-mail to join)

Notices of Violation (Send a blank e-mail to join)

Metachem Clean-up (Send a blank e-mail to join)

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