Secretary’s Orders

A Secretary’s Order is a written decision by the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) to take a final action on behalf of the Department.

A Secretary’s Order may apply to regulations established by DNREC, to permitting decisions, or to one of several types of enforcement actions taken by the Department. Where an order stems from a DNREC public hearing, a Hearing Officer’s Report is included or attached.

Learn more in A Brief Guide to Delaware’s Environmental Permitting Process.