DNREC public hearings allow the public to hear the details of specific regulatory and permitting matters and to submit comments. All DNREC public hearings are virtual hearings, unless otherwise noted.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has the authority to adopt, amend, modify or repeal regulations to achieve greater protection of the environment and human health. DNREC also manages a wide variety of permitting programs, covering issues related to air quality, waste and hazardous substances, water quality, water supply, wetlands and subaqueous lands, shoreline protection, sediment and stormwater and industry in the coastal zone.
For regulatory matters, public hearings are required. For some permitting processes, public hearings may be required. Learn more in A Brief Guide to Delaware’s Environmental Permitting Process.
DNREC virtual hearings are designed to be transparent and accessible to the public. The public should be able to hear all details about subjects of DNREC hearings.
Separate web pages explain the subject of each hearing and give connection information for attendees. Hearing pages contain all exhibits entered into the record, verbatim hearing transcripts and copies of all written comments.
This page lists and links to all DNREC public hearing pages. Hearings are also posted on the Delaware Public Meeting Calendar.
The public is welcome and encouraged to participate in the regulatory and permitting processes and to submit comments for inclusion into the hearing record. The DNREC Secretary will consider the full record and all relevant information before making any decision.
Registered speakers may make verbal comments during virtual public hearings.
The public may offer written comments during the public comment period for each hearing. Public comment periods usually run from the date of public notice of the hearing through at least 15 days following the hearing.
Written comments to DNREC may not be submitted using social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) or text messaging.
Thursday, February 15, 2024 - Public Hearing: Proposed 2024 Weatherization Assistance Program Grant Application
The DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy will hold a public hearing on the Weatherization Assistance Program federal funding annual application (Docket #2024-WAP-CCE-0001). Public comment period open through March 1, 2024.
Tuesday, January 30, 2024 - Public Hearing: Striped Bass Commercial Fishing Regulations
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a virtual public hearing (Docket #2023-R-F-0021) on proposed revisions to the regulations governing the striped bass commercial fishing seasons, quotas, tagging and reporting requirements. Public comment period closed.
Wednesday, January 24, 2024 - Public Hearing: Scrap Tire Solution Solid Waste Permit
The Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances will hold a public hearing (Docket #2023-P-WH-0028) on an application from Scrap Tire Solution (STS) for a permit to operate a solid waste facility in Wilmington. Public comment period closed.
Tuesday, January 23, 2024 - Public Hearing: Delaware's Second Particulate Matter Limited Maintenance Plan
The DNREC Division of Air Quality will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2022-R-A-0006) on a proposed revision to Delaware’s Second Particulate Matter Limited Maintenance Plan. Public comment period closed.
Thursday, December 21, 2023 - Public Hearing: Proposed Lobster Regulation Amendments
The Division of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2023-R-F-0020) on proposed amendments to the state’s lobster regulations. Public comment period closed.
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 - Public Hearing: Proposed Wildlife Regulations Revisions
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2023-R-F-0013) on proposed revisions to the Delaware Wildlife regulations (7 DE Admin. Code 3900). Public comment period is now closed.
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 - Public Hearing: Croda Inc. Federally Enforceable 7 DE Admin. Code 1102 Applications
The Division of Air Quality will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2023-P-A-0019) on applications by Croda, Inc., for construction permits for their facility at 315 Cherry Lane, in New Castle. Public comment period closed.
The DNREC Division of Air Quality will hold two public hearings (Dockets #2023-R-A-0016 and #2023-R-A-0017) on a Moderate Non-Attainment Plan for New Castle County for Ozone and Basic Inspection & Maintenance Performance Standard Certification For New Castle County. Public comment period closed.
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 - Public Hearing: City of Seaford Wastewater Treatment Facility (NPDES)
The DNREC Division of Water will hold a public hearing (Docket #2023-P-W-0014) on a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the City of Seaford Wastewater Treatment Facility. Public comment period closed.
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 - Public Hearing: Noramco Inc. Application for Natural Minor Construction Permit
The Division of Air Quality, will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2023-P-A-0018) on an application by Noramco, inc., to install a new vacuum pump and add a new production line at their Swedes Landing Road facility in New Castle County. Public comment period closed.