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Ex-Delaware Official Charged with Clean Water Act Violation

Release Date: 12/15/2004
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Contact: John Millett 202-564-7842 /

(12/15/04) William Daisey of Milton, Del., was charged on Dec. 2 in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware in Wilmington with violating the Clean Water Act by allegedly directing that water contaminated with hydrocarbons be discharged into a wetland area that borders the Great Marsh which, in turn, borders the Broadkill River. Daisey was the chief of operations for the Dredging Program of the Delaware Division of Soil and Water Conservation which is part of the Delaware Division of Natural Resources and Environmental Controls (DNREC). The Dredging Program was located at the site of a closed clam processing plant operated by the Doxsee Food Company. Doxsee sold the site to the DNREC which used it as a base of operation for their dredge vessels, beach restoration equipment and crews. The site contained several tanks of used oil, and Daisey separated the oil from the water to recover the oil to use as a heating fuel. Water left over from the process was collected in 600 gallon tanks which were then allegedly emptied into the wetland between January 2000 and April 2001. The Dredging Program did not have a permit to dispose of this contaminated water in the wetlands. The case was investigated by the Philadelphia Office of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. attorney’s office in Wilmington.