DOVER, Del. – An environmental group has accused Sussex County officials of illegal mishandling of proposed anaerobic digesters.
We’re told the accusations came via a letter sent to Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn Garvin by the environmental group Food & Water Watch late last week. The group accused local officials of improperly excluding public input into zoning decisions and seeking to illegally approve the gas production facility in an area reserved for agriculture and single-family homes.
The letter also detailed a number of inherent public health and environmental threats associated with the proposed digesters, including the concentration of massive amounts of air and water pollution, impacts on drinking water sources, and grave public safety concerns relating to the collection, processing, and transport of explosive gases.
“Bioenergy seeks to push through a dirty, dangerous energy project in an agricultural and residential area with as little public input and oversight as possible, and local officials seem to be playing right along,” said Tyler Lobdell, staff attorney at Food & Water Watch. “DNREC needs to step in and ensure public health and safety for local residents. This means, first and foremost, that Bioenergy and local officials are following the law in this project review process.”
To read the entire letter, click here.