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Delaware Toxics Reduction Program (DelTRiP)

The Delaware River Toxics Reduction Program (DelTRiP) was created in 2004 as a joint effort between the Delaware River Basin Commission, United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation joined in 2007. The goal of DelTRiP, which is funded by a grant from the USEPA, is to identify, prioritize, track, and report the status of sites within the basin that significantly contribute or have the potential to significantly contribute toxic loadings to the Delaware River Basin.

Since its inception, DelTRiP has been focused on identifying sites contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs are a synthetic class of compounds used widely in various industries for decades and are known to be harmful to wildlife, humans, and the environment alike.

In the coming years, the DelTRiP committee will continue to focus on sites with ongoing remediation, as well as attempt to obtain history and remediation information on sites that are currently not available.  Prioritization of these sites may also be included. State and federal agencies will continue to take, revise, and initiate remediation actions at those particular sites. If new sites are found, they will be added into the program. Future reports will also emphasize and prioritize sites with other contaminants in addition to those with PCBs.

DelTRiP Informational Handout (pdf 1.75 MB)

Major Steps to DelTRiP Implementation


Step 1
DelTRiP will identify contaminated sites in each state within the Basin using USEPA and state listings, including but not limited to Superfund listings (NPL and CERCLIS) and state brownfield and hazardous waste sites.  Other listings, such as those developed by fire departments or building inspectors, or through municipal wastewater treatment plant trackdown programs also may be used to identify sites.
Step 2
Sites identified from "other listings" will be referred to the appropriate Federal/state agencies for action.
Step 3
DRBC will incorporate identified sites into GIS.
Step 4
State and Federal agencies will quantify the PCB loads being released or that have the potential to be released from contaminated sites identified above.
Step 5
DelTRiP will develop criteria to rank each site to determine its significance and to decide if it is to be prioritized for tracking and reporting.
Step 6
DelTRiP will prioritize the contaminated sites that significantly contribute, or have the potential to significantly contribute, to the PCB load to the Basin.
Step 7
DRBC will assemble status information for each prioritized site and track the remediation progress and other actions taken to reduce the releases to the Basin from the contaminated waste sites.
Step 8
DRBC will publish an annual report detailing measurable reductions reported by the lead agencies and the status of implementation activities at each prioritized contaminated site, highlighting key milestones and accomplishments.
2006 Annual Report

In 2006, the USEPA, NJDEP, PADEP, and DNREC submitted about 1,000 sites to DelTRiP as potential PCB sources; of those, 263 were identified as containing PCBs. DRBC compiled and published the first DelTRiP annual report in 2006, which included a listing of these 263 identified sites.

2006 Annual Report (pdf 906 KB)

2007 Annual Report

This second annual report of DelTRiP addresses the 263 sites referenced in the previous report and documents significant progress in identifying and locating hazardous waste sites that contribute or have the potential to contribute PCBs to the Delaware River Basin. In researching the sites for the 2007 report, DRBC staff found that many of the 263 sites been had previously remediated to their respective state standards. The 2007 DelTRiP report details the remediation history of these sites, as well as the ongoing PCB remediation (which includes ongoing site investigation and active remediation) at 56 sites. Several site histories were unavailable during the preparation of the 2007 report, and these are planned to be addressed in future reports.

For this report, DRBC staff completed additional file reviews to determine site remediation history and current status of those facilities identified in the 2006 annual report. Research found that some sites were duplicates, some were actually located outside of the basin, some were erroneously identified as having PCB contamination, and others reportedly completed remediation. Furthermore, there were some sites whose files were unavailable and their remediation status remains unknown. Additionally, there were also some new sites submitted to DelTRiP, which were added to this year's report.

2007 DelTRiP Report (pdf 3 MB)