NOTIFICATION OF PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING REGARDING THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT PROJECT FOR THE GM WILMINGTON ASSEMBLY PLANT SITE (DE-1149)

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Division: Waste and Hazardous Substances Start Date: 11/12/2017 DNREC-SIRS

NOTIFICATION OF PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING REGARDING THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT PROJECT FOR THE GM WILMINGTON ASSEMBLY PLANT SITE (DE-1149)

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has scheduled a public informational meeting for Thursday, December 7, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Five Points Fire Hall Company located at 209 S. Maryland Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware 19804. The meeting is being conducted in order to provide information to the public regarding proposed development plans for the Former GM Wilmington Assembly Plant Site.

On October 12, 2017, DNREC provided public notice that it had entered into a Brownfield Development Agreement with Boxwood Industrial Park, LLC and advised the public of a twenty day comment period during which written comments would be accepted relating to the proposed development of the Site. During the written comment period, DNREC received a “Formal Request for a Public Hearing regarding: Brownfields Development Agreement for the General Motors Corp.” Pursuant to 7 Del. C. § 9126(c), “Upon receiving a request following the entry of the Department into a Brownfields Development Agreement, the Secretary shall conduct a public meeting to provide the public information regarding the proposed project, in or near the area where the facility is located.” Accordingly, DNREC has scheduled a public meeting on December 7, 2017 at the above referenced location to provide information to the public regarding the proposed development plans for the Site.

For more information regarding this Site, please see DNREC’s Site files at DNREC’s navigator at http://www.nav.dnrec.delaware.gov/DEN3 or by contacting the DNREC-SIRS Project Manager, Rick Galloway at (302) 395-2600 or rick.galloway@state.de.us.

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  1. If it’s a proposed Brownfields Development Agreement, then I believe that a site cleanup would be part of any proposal. To what extent, I don’t know.

  2. GeoBum says:

    >I believe that a site cleanup would be part of any proposal.
    Well, yes and no. I am unfamiliar with DE regs. but the idea of brownfields programs are to help put old properties back into use and to preserve greenfields (hello savethevalley.org). To that extent, cities and states will often offer some relief of liability or environmental cleanup SO LONG AS there is no risk to human health and the environment AND the property is put back into use. What this means is that there may be -no- site clean up at all. Just capping and isolation to ensure whatever is there does not get out. When you think about it, it is a good deal. Old properties back into use, farms and forests preserved, environmental risk controlled. The down side is that the actual problems may still be present and someone else may have to deal with them long after the original malefactor or their money ceases to exist. In that sense it can be viewed as kicking the can down the road.
    tl;dr The focus isn’t environmental clean up as it is risk management.

  3. Alby says:

    If it’s anything like the Chrysler site in Newark, the pollutants would be related to the paint shop.

  4. gigi says:

    This meeting was requested by local civics due to the HSCA brownfields agreement. About 25 acres of the property are heavily contaiminated and a portion of that is within the flood plain for the Little Mill Creek.

    Full Details are here: https://onlinedocs.dnrec.delaware.gov/docfinity/servlet/repository?j_username=DNRECAPI&j_password=API@dnrec2012&id=6744d73fd212a86f0j27x3wko0010000&clearRedaction=false&annotate=true&thumb=false&pdf=true

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