CHAPTER 664

FORMERLY HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

NO. 51

STATING OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED DUMPING OF SEWAGE SLUDGE OFF THE DELAWARE COAST AND SUPPORTING OF PROPOSED FEDERAL LEGISLATION OR COURT PROCEEDINGS TO PREVENT SUCH DUMPING ACTION.

WHEREAS the State of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia are committed to the construction of the remaining link of Interstate Highway 95 in the vicinity of Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, this construction requires the disposal of an estimated 1.8 million cubic yards of sewage sludge located in the path of the proposed highway; and

WHEREAS, among the possible methods of disposal mentioned has been the dumping of the waste at sea off the coast of the State of Delaware; and

WHEREAS, such action would be severely detrimental to the environment of the State and could lead to the destruction of the natural resources of the State; and

WHEREAS, the 126th General Assembly takes notice of legislation introduced in the United States Congress by Sen. J. Caleb Boggs of Delaware which would prohibit federal payment for the dumping of highway construction wastes at sea or in navigable waters without the concurrence of the governor of any state which might be affected by such act;

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the I 26th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the Senate concurring therein, that it make known its full support of said legislation and that it commend Senator Boggs for his prompt action on behalf of the people of Delaware.

Delaware be advised of the above situation and be alerted to initiate if necessary a suit in Federal Court to prevent off-shore dumping of the sludge because of possible irreparable damage to the Delaware coastline.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this Resolution be forwarded to U.S. Senators J. Caleb Boggs and William V. Roth, Jr., Congressman Pierre S. duPont IV, Governor Russell W. Peterson and Attorney General W. Laird Stabler, Jr.

Approved May 14,1972.