Important information on regulatory reform; hearing in Sussex Superior Court Oct. 27

GEORGETOWN – Following is an update from State Rep. Rich Collins, R-Millsboro, on the legal scenario surrounding the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s storm-water regulations.

Sussex County Post/Glenn Rolfe Republican Rich Collins, shown here waving to the Return Day crowd two days after his victory in November's General Election, will be officially sworn in in January as the 41st District Representative.

State Rep. Rich Collins

“As of Oct. 22, here’s what we know about legal activity swirling around DNREC storm-water regulations. On October 7, 2015, the Superior Court ruled that the regulations imposed in 2013 and 2014 were “unlawful” and that DNREC’s argument defending the 2014 version was ‘illogical,’” said Rep. Collins. “As a response, DNREC has re-imposed the unlawful regulation as an “emergency regulation” and as far as they are concerned, nothing has changed.”

There will be a Superior Court hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m.

“At that time, we will learn how the court feels about DNREC’s taking of the law into their own hands. Those involved in the lawsuit are absolutely convinced that DNREC’s imposition of an emergency regulation after the very same regulation was ruled unlawful is not only illegal, but corrupt,” said Rep. Collins.  “For those interested, we now have a request. Please attend the Superior Court hearing next Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m.  The court house is in Georgetown on The Circle, immediately to the left of the County building.:

“For those who do attend, there will be no opportunity to speak,” Rep. Collins said. “We are hoping, however, that the court will see that there are many citizens who are concerned about the rule of law in regards to Delaware state agencies.”

Editor’s note: State Rep. Rich Collins can be reached at or 381-1610.

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