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. Learn more in A Brief Guide to Delaware’s Environmental Permitting Process.
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.
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 to DNREC may not be submitted using social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) or text messaging.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - Public Hearing: NPDES MS4 Phase II Tier II General Permit
The DNREC Division of Water will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2022-P-W-0017) on a Tier II General Permit being issued for new Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) entities under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The public comment period is open through Feb. 23, 2023.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - Public Hearing: FujiFilm Imaging Colorants Coastal Zone Act Permit Modification (Postponed)
The DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2022-P-CCE-0018) on a request from FujiFilm Imaging Colorants, Inc., for a major modification to a standard Coastal Zone Act permit. Postponed
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 - Public Hearing: Non-Tidal Finfish Regulations
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a hearing (Docket #2022-R-F-0016) on proposed changes to the state’s freshwater trout fishery. The public comment period closed.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - Public Hearing: Bioenergy Innovation Center Project
The DNREC Divisions of Water, Air Quality and Waste and Hazardous Substances will hold a joint public hearing (Docket #2022-P-MULTI-0012) regarding applications for permits needed to expand the Bioenergy Innovation Center, in Seaford. Public comment period closed.
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - Public Hearing: Highline Warren LLC Air Quality Permit Application
The DNREC Division of Air Quality will hold a public hearing (Docket #2022-P-A-0013) regarding an application by Highline Warren LLC for permits relating to a process filling line at their facility in Wilmington. Public comment period closed.
Thursday, September 29, 2022 - Public Hearing: Motor Vehicle Emissions Inspections Program
The DNREC Division of Air Quality will conduct a public hearing on proposed changes to the state’s Motor Vehicle Emissions Inspections Program (Dockets #2022-R-A-0001, 2022-R-A-0002 and 2022-R-A-0010). Public comment period closed.
Thursday, September 15, 2022 - Public Hearing: Weatherization Assistance Program – Energy Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Grant
The Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2022-WAP-0009) on a federal grant for the Weatherization Assistance Program from the Energy Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). Public comment period closed.
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - Public Hearing: Denali Water Solutions Agricultural Utilization Permit
The DNREC Division of water will hold a public hearing (Docket #2022-P-W-0007) regarding an application by Denali Water Solutions to renew their existing Agricultural Utilization permit. Public comment period closed.
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - Public Hearing: Inland Bays Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility
The DNREC Division of Water will hold a public hearing (Docket #2022-P-W-0008) regarding an application by Sussex County for Construction and Operations Permits for the Inland Bays Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility. Public comment period is closed.
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 - Public Hearing: Clean Delaware Agricultural Utilization Permit Renewal
The DNREC Division of Water will hold a public hearing (Docket #2022-P-W-0005) on a request by Clean Delaware LLC to renew their existing Agricultural Utilization (AGU) permit. Public comment period closed.