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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 Division of Watershed Stewardship will conduct a virtual public hearing (Docket #2020-R-W-0012) on proposed revisions to the Regulations Governing the Control of Water Pollution, Part 2 – Special Conditions for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction Activities. Public comment period closed.

Time: 6:00 pm
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The Division of Water will conduct a virtual public hearing (Docket #2020-P-W-0026) on a construction permit application and associated draft permit regarding Artesian Wastewater Management, Inc.’s wastewater infrastructure and an on-site wastewater treatment and disposal system permit modification for the Beaver Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Public comment period closed.

Time: 6:00 pm
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The DNREC Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Section will conduct a virtual public hearing (Docket #2020-P-W-0021) on a permit application from James and Meredith Bruner for a lease to construct and use a pier, dock and two boatlifts in the Little Assawoman Bay. Public comment period closed.

Time: 6:00 pm
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - Public Hearing: Plastic Bag Ban and Recycling

The Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances will conduct a virtual public hearing (Docket #2020-R-WH-0025) on proposed revisions to 7 DE Admin. Code 1301 Section 14 “Plastic Carryout Bag Ban and At Store Recycling Program.” Public comment period closed.

Time: 6:00 pm
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The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will hold a virtual public hearing (Docket #2020-P-MULTI-0024) on a proposal from Diamond State Port Corporation (DSPC) to build a new container port on the Delaware River at Edgemoor. Public comment period closed.

Time: 6:00 pm
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The Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2020-R-WH-0020) on proposed revisions to the Regulations Governing Hazardous Waste. Public comment period closed.

Time: 6:00 pm
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The DNREC Division of Air Quality will conduct a virtual public hearing (Docket #2020-R-A-0011) on the proposed revision to Delaware’s State Implementation Plan (SIP). Public comment period closed.

Time: 6:00 pm
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The Division of Air Quality will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2020-P-A-0019) on a natural minor construction permit application for Congo Funeral Home to build a crematory unit at their facility at 100 N. Cleveland Avenue, Wilmington. This matter is closed and the application has been returned.

Time: 6:00 pm
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The Division of Air Quality will conduct a virtual public hearing (Docket #2020-P-A-0018) on a permit application and draft permit for Croda, Inc. This matter is closed and the application has been withdrawn.

Time: 6:00 pm
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The Division of Air Quality will conduct a virtual public hearing (Docket #2020-P-A-0017) on a permit application and draft permit for for the Delaware City Refining Company. Public comment period closed.

Time: 6:00 pm
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