DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara approved a permit last week that will allow the Delaware City Refining Company to restart a closed-loop cooling water tower.
Once restarted, the unit will help the Delaware City Refinery to achieve a required 33-percent reduction in cooling water withdraw from 452 million gallons per day to 303 mgd by the end of 2013, per an agreement with the state.
The reduction is expected to reduce incidents of aquatic life mortality.
“This project will significantly reduce the facility’s long-standing impacts on aquatic life in the Delaware River and represents a critical first step towards bringing the facility into compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act in the next few years,” O’Mara said. “Unlike some previous owners, DCRC is making the much-needed investments to improve the environmental performance of the facility.”