A DuPont legacy: Pile by the Delaware

The Philadelphia Inquirer · September 21, 2015 · Joseph N. DiStefano More than 400 have signed this petition by Delaware State Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark, calling on Gov. Jack Markell, also a Democrat, to demand that the DuPont Co. and its spin-off, Chemours, clean up decades of solid wastes, including dioxins, that Kowalko says will be […]

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State lawmaker seeks removal of Edge Moor waste

The News Journal · August 31, 2015 · Jeff Montgomery A Newark lawmaker has opened a petition campaign to compel the removal of 500,000 tons of waste in a 15-acre landfill on Chemours property near the company’s soon-to-close Edge Moor pigment plant. Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark South, said he was concerned by the possibility that Chemours […]

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Delaware education desk

Newsworks · June 19, 2015 · Brian Drouin Standardized testing has become the most fiercely debated topic in Delaware education. In particular, there’s been a firestorm over whether parents should be able to opt their children out of a new, statewide assessment. Education correspondent Avi Wolfman-Arent talks about this simmering issue with opt-out supporter, Rep. […]

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Delaware’s testing opt-out bill ignites firestorm

The News Journal · June 11, 2015 · Matthew Albright The simmering debate over standardized testing in Delaware exploded Wednesday in a charged hearing that saw lawmakers and parent advocates shouting over each other. At issue was a bill to allow parents to pull their children out of the statewide Smarter Balanced Assessment, a tough new test […]

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First Person: Government transparency

Newsworks · May 1, 2015 · Brian Drouin Transparency is a big part of government. An issue brewing in Governor Jack Markell’s office over the use of a private email account. That forms the conversation in our First Person segment this week. Joining us in the First studios are Rep. John Kowalko and John Flaherty […]

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‘Rebel’ John Kowalko refuses to keep quiet

The News Journal · January 24, 2015 · Jeff Montgomery Some describe him as a political maverick. Others say he’s the Rebel Without a Pause. Democratic state Rep. John Kowalko of Newark is easily riled, a trait of affection for some around Legislative Hall in the state capitol, a turnoff for others. “You either love him […]

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Delaware House discusses safety of oil-by-rail

Newsworks · March 27, 2014 · Shana O’Malley With increased deliveries of oil by rail in Delaware, state officials want to ensure that safety comes first. On Wednesday afternoon, legislators met with approximately two dozen officials from Norfolk Southern, the Delaware City Oil Refinery and state emergency management to discuss potential safety concerns with the […]

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People of Influence: John Kowalko

Delaware Today · September 2009 · Matt Amis John Kowalko — Environment Who has clout? There’s a new generation of movers and shakers emerging who are shaping policies and making things happen. John Kowalko considers himself a conduit, a voice, not just for constituents in his 25th Representative District, but for those who are passionate about the environment. […]

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