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Issue Position: Preserving Our Environment

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Attorney General Biden is fighting to protect Delaware's precious natural resources from those who seek to destroy them.

Delaware is blessed with wonderful natural resources, especially the gorgeous coastline that starts with the Delaware Bay in northern New Castle County and runs to the Atlantic Ocean at the state's southern tip. Attorney General Biden and his family enjoy their visits to Delaware's beaches and he wants to ensure future generations of Delawareans have the same experiences.

Attorney General Biden led the legal fight to protect Delaware's control over its coast against an attempt by New Jersey to control part of the Delaware River that has been the First State's territory. The Supreme Court of the United States' ruling in that case kept Delaware's control over its shorelines and ensured that the Coastal Zone Act -- which has kept our beaches safe from intrusion by heavy industry -- would continue to protect our environment.

In 2008, Attorney General Biden worked with state officials to give office stronger tools to fight and deter environmental crime. Reflecting his belief that environmental crimes are serious offenses, Beau successfully worked to pushed for stronger environmental-protect laws that increasing penalties for criminals who defile Delaware's air, water and soil. Beau's effort to strengthen our environmental-protection laws also include targeting those who illegally dump trash and other material, as well those who commit environmental crimes in our State Parks.

Unfortunately, some bad-actor companies are not following Delaware laws and are illegally polluting our air, land and water. To crack down on those companies that view paying fines as simply a cost of doing business, Attorney General Biden has proposed legislation that will give state regulators more authority to punish businesses that repeatedly violate the state's environmental laws and puts sharper teeth into the law to penalize those violators.


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