DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara has suspended a permit for Mike Davidson Enterprises LLC that allowed the resource recovery facility to accept, process, and recycle construction and demolition waste. The suspension was handed down after the company failed to address repeated environmental violations and after Mike Davidson Enterprises LLC discounted a cease and desist order issued by DNREC. The order prohibits the facility, located west of Camden in Kent County, from accepting any solid waste including recyclable materials and requires Mike Davidson Enterprises LLC to take steps to protect public health and the environment.
The suspension of the permit is in effect until the company demonstrates to DNREC's Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Section that it is capable of operating the resource recovery facility lawfully and in compliance with the permit and with Delaware's Regulations Governing Solid Waste.
Mike Davidson Enterprises LLC was cited for 22 violations many of which were ongoing while the company continued in operation.
DNREC has given the company three months "as a reasonable time frame…to make the necessary changes to the facility in order to have the Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Section lift the suspension upon full compliance."
DNREC retains regulatory authority, including amending the permit, seeking monetary penalties of up to $10,000 for each day MDE does not comply with the permit or Delaware's Regulations Governing Solid Waste, pursuing designation of the facility as a "chronic violator" and granting an extension in the three-month compliance schedule for showing good cause.
The Secretary's Order suspending MDE's permit may be found at ww.dnrec.delaware.gov/Info/