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DNREC Public Hearings



DNREC public hearings allow the public to hear the details of specific regulatory and permitting matters and to submit comments. All DNREC public hearings are virtual hearings, unless otherwise noted.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has the authority to adopt, amend, modify or repeal regulations to achieve greater protection of the environment and human health. DNREC also manages a wide variety of permitting programs, covering issues related to air quality, waste and hazardous substances, water quality, water supply, wetlands and subaqueous lands, shoreline protection, sediment and stormwater and industry in the coastal zone.

For regulatory matters, public hearings are required. For some permitting processes, public hearings may be required.

Virtual Public Hearings

DNREC virtual hearings are designed to be transparent and accessible to the public. The public should be able to hear all details about subjects of DNREC hearings.

Separate web pages explain the subject of each hearing and give connection information for attendees. Hearing pages contain all exhibits entered into the record, verbatim hearing transcripts and copies of all written comments.

This page lists and links to all DNREC public hearing pages. Hearings are also posted on the Delaware Public Meeting Calendar.

Public Participation and Comment

The public is welcome and encouraged to participate in the regulatory and permitting processes and to submit comments for inclusion into the hearing record. The DNREC Secretary will consider the full record and all relevant information before making any decision.

Registered speakers may make verbal comments during virtual public hearings.

The public may offer written comments during the public comment period for each hearing. Public comment periods usually run from the date of public notice of the hearing through at least 15 days following the hearing.

Written comments may be submitted through a comment form, by email, or via the US postal service at the address on the hearing page and/or the public notice.

Written comments to DNREC may not be submitted using social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) or text messaging.


The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) will hold a public hearing on a proposed Visibility State Implementation Plan (Docket #2021-R-A-0019). Public comment period open through Jan. 13, 2022.

Time: 6:00 pm
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The Division of Water will hold a virtual public hearing on the reissuance of Mountaire Farms Inc.’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit for its facility in Selbyville (Docket #2021-P-W-0017). Comment period closed.

Time: 6:00 pm
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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - Public Hearing: Air Quality Regulations

The DNREC Division of Air Quality will hold a virtual public hearing on proposed amendments to three parts of the Delaware Air Quality Regulations (Docket #2021-R-A-0009 through 0011). Comment period closed.

Time: 6:00 pm
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The Division of Watershed stewardship will hold a virtual public hearing (Docket #2021-R-WS-0003) on proposed amendments to the Shellfish Sanitation Regulations. Public comment period closed.

Time: 6:00 pm
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The Division of Water will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2021-P-W-0016) on the Subaqueous Lands Lease and Wetlands Permit application for Abby L. Pubusky and Thomas A. Taylor II to conduct wetland restoration and construction activities in Herring Creek. Public comment period closed.

Time: 6:00 pm
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The Division of Water will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2021-P-W-0016) on the Subaqueous Lands Lease and Wetlands Permit application for Abby L. Pubusky and Thomas A. Taylor II to conduct wetland restoration and construction activities in Herring Creek. This hearing has been rescheduled for Aug. 25, 2021.

Time: 6:00 pm
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The Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy will hold a virtual public hearing (Docket #2019-R-CCE-0019) on proposed amendments to the Green Energy Fund Regulations. Public comment period closed.

Time: 6:00 pm
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The DNREC Division of Fish and wildlife will conduct a public hearing on proposed revisions to the Tidal Finfish Regulations for Cobia (Docket #2021-R-F-0007) and Tilefish (Docket #2021-R-F-0008). Public comment period closed.

Time: 6:00 pm
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The Division of Water will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2021-P-W-0013) on plans to issue two General Permits related to the NPDES Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) program. Public comment period closed.

Time: 6:00 pm
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The Division of Air Quality will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2021-P-A-0014) on an application by Croda Inc. for a federally enforceable 7 DE Admin. Code 1102 construction permit for its facility at 315 Cherry Lane, New Castle. Public comment period closed.

Time: 6:00 pm
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