Contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

DNREC announces Executive Order 36 public hearing schedule for review of agency regulations

DOVER (Dec. 18, 2012) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today that it will hold public hearings next month in all three counties as part of Governor Jack Markell’s effort to strengthen Delaware’s economy by modernizing and streamlining regulations that may be outdated or unnecessarily burdensome, while maintain the state’s commitment to improving public health and environmental performance.

DNREC’s public hearings are being conducted in connection with Gov. Markell’s Executive Order No. 36, a statewide review by all agencies to identify and remove regulatory hurdles.

The Department’s hearings are scheduled for:

· Monday, Jan.7, 2013, 6 p.m. at the Sussex Central High School auditorium, 26026 Patriots Way, Georgetown, DE 19947

· Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, 6 p.m., at the Delaware State University Bank of America Building, Longwood Auditorium, 1200 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901

· Monday, Jan. 22, 2013, 6 p.m., at the Carvel State Office Building, 2d Floor Auditorium / Mezzanine Level, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington, DE 19803

Executive Order 36 provides an opportunity for state agencies such as DNREC to review regulations on their books, and streamline or eliminate those that might be outdated, inconsistent or no longer serve their intended purpose. After formal comment, DNREC will consider the input received in addition to its own evaluation and begin the process for amending or repealing regulations accordingly. The Governor will submit a report to the General Assembly detailing regulatory changes in all state agencies in June 2013.

“We have taken significant steps in recent years to make our permitting programs more efficient, while continuing to improve environmental outcomes,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “Through this review, we will build upon these efforts and conduct a comprehensive assessment of opportunities to modernize and streamline existing regulations. We look forward to receive specific and thoughtful comments from the public and business community to assist us in this effort.”

In addition to participating in the public hearings, members of the public are also encouraged to submit comments in writing – they may be mailed to DNREC/ Executive Order 36, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. Comments also may be submitted via an online submission form located here. Comments relative to EO 36 will be accepted through March 1, 2013.

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