First violations for Milton craft brewery

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton has been issued three citations by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

The violations mark the first time Dogfish has ever been cited by DNREC.

Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head CEO, said the company has been working diligently to bring Dogfish back into full compliance with DNREC regulations.

“This was a paperwork oversight which we quickly corrected,” he wrote in an email. “We will continue to work with DNREC to ensure we maintain compliance with all other aspects of our permits.”

According to DNREC, on May 11, 2015, Dogfish completed the installation of an industrial gas engine and began operating it a few days later. However, DNREC didn’t grant Dogfish a construction permit for the engine until March 2016, and Dogfish didn’t request a permit to operate it until April 2017.

A permit is required for the engine because it emits air contaminants. According to DNREC representatives, the contaminants released over the two year period without DNREC oversight are not a health concern.

On May 9, 2017, DNREC conducted an inspection of the machine and granted a permit so Dogfish could lawfully operate the engine. That day, the engine’s hour meter indicated it had already been in operation for 9,453 hours.

The violations cited failures to submit initial engine information, request a permit prior to beginning operation and conduct an initial performance test, among other things.

Dogfish Head has since scheduled required emissions testing. The terms of the violations notice also require Dogfish to submit a log of operating hours from May 2015 to present within 30 days.