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Public Workshops: Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program Amendments

Division of Air Quality will conduct two virtual public workshops on draft amendments to the regulations governing the Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program.

Delaware Emissions

Human activities have increased the amount of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, which has led to rising temperatures and other changes in our earth and climate.
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  • Delaware’s Climate Action Plan

    Minimizing Emissions

    By minimizing greenhouse gas emissions now, we contribute to a worldwide effort to reduce the severity of rapid climate change.
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  • Delaware’s Climate Action Plan

  • Hydrofluorocarbons

    In March of 2021, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) adopted a regulation on prohibitions of hydrofluorocarbons in specific end-uses.


    Kyle Krall Division of Air Quality 302-324-2083

    Cool Switch Low Impact Refrigerant Program

    The Cool Switch Low Impact Refrigerant Program’s goal is to incentivize the use of refrigerants with lower Global Warming Potential impacts.

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    Edward Synoski Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy 302-735-3480

    Virtual Public Hearing: Proposed Revisions to Delaware’s State Implementation Plan

    The Division of Air Quality will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2020-R-A-0003) on March 25, in Dover, on three proposed revisions to Delaware’s State Implementation Plan (SIP).

    Point Source Emissions

    The state of Delaware submits a comprehensive inventory of ozone precursor emissions to the EPA every three years. Ozone precursors are air pollutants that form ozone: volatile organic compounds (VOCs), oxides of nitrogen (NOX), and carbon monoxide (CO).

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    Jacquelyn Cuneo

    Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

    Delaware is a participant in a multi-state carbon dioxide cap-and-trade program developed as a cooperative effort among the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia to cap and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the power sector. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that contributes

    Clean Power Plan Meetings

    In 2015, the EPA set the first-ever carbon pollution limits for existing power plants. The rules, known as the Clean Power Plan, were issued under the Clean Air Act. Between 2014, when the Plan was just a proposal, then and 2018, when the EPA reversed itself and rescinded those rules, DNREC worked with residents and

    Planning for Clean Power

    The state of Delaware began working on a Clean Power Plan in response to carbon pollution limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2015. In August of 2018, the EPA reversed itself and repealed those rules. It has proposed a new “Affordable Clean Energy” rule instead. The state is now working with

    Greenhouse Gas Offsets

    The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) allows participating states to identify and take credit for project-based greenhouse gas reductions outside of the electric sector, which is subject to the RGGI cap-and-trade program.

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    Valerie Gray Division of Air

    Reducing Diesel Emissions

    Delaware has several programs designed to reduce diesel emissions, which can have significant negative impacts to overall air quality, from vehicles.

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    Deanna Morozowich Division of Air Quality 302-739-9402

    VW Mitigation Plan

    A 2017 agreement between the federal government and the Volkswagen Corporation (VW) created an Environmental Mitigation Trust to fund projects that mitigate air quality impacts from high-emitting diesel vehicles and engines. Delaware’s share of the Environmental Mitigation Trust is approximately $9.6 million. DNREC has developed a mitigation plan to accept and distribute these funds to

    Clean Vehicles and Fuels

    Delaware has several programs designed to reduce air emissions by promoting clean fuels and alternative vehicle use.

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    Kyle Krall Division of Air Quality 302-324-2083
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    Inspection and Maintenance

    The DNREC Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) program is a mandatory control measure to help the State of Delaware meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone.

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    James Coverdale Division of Air Quality 302-739-9402

    Mobile Sources

    Mobile sources include a variety of motor vehicles and mobile equipment that generate air emissions, and that autonomously move or can be moved from place to place. The DNREC Mobile Sources Control Program implements measures and programs to reduce motor vehicle-related pollution from on-road vehicles Passenger vehicles such as sedans