- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Superior Court judge has tossed out a massive rewrite of Delaware’s stormwater and erosion-control regulations.

Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves ruled Wednesday that the Department of National Resources and Environmental Control provided “illogical” justifications for failing to include many technical but critical details, including failing to hold any public hearings on the 2,000-page regulations.

State Rep. Richard G. Collins, R-Millsboro, who played a central role in organizing the lawsuit challenge before his election, said the decision was far-reaching and demonstrated that state agencies cannot change regulations informally.

Collins said the department’s regulations were costly and hindered economic growth.

Department Secretary David Small said in a statement Thursday that the decision was based on procedural issues, rather than on the merits of improving water quality.

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