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EPA Withdraws One Limetree Refinery Permit Pending Appeals

The Environmental Protection Agency withdrew a controversial permit for the Limetree Bay refinery on Thursday, while appeals are worked out. The refinery will continue to operate, but for the time being, loses some leeway in emissions for its other permits.

Donald Trump’s Parting Gift to the People of St. Croix: The Reopening of One of America’s Largest Oil Refineries

Environmentalists say Trump’s EPA bent rules to speed its restart. Now, they want President Biden to address what they call a textbook case of environmental injustice.

Environmental Groups and Limetree Refinery Both Challenging Terms of Refinery Permit

Several environmental groups filed an appeal this week to contest St. Croix's Limetree Bay Refinery's pollution limit permit from the Environmental Protection Agency for being too lenient. Meanwhile, the refinery is contesting it, arguing it is too strict.

Refinery Restarts!

Limetree Bay has started up part of the former Hovensa refinery on St. Croix and begun production and commercial sales of refined products, the company announced on Monday.

Limetree Bay Refinery Says Large Flare Part of Restart Work

There was a larger than usual flame at the top of the Limetree Bay Refinery's flare stack and louder than usual noise from the flare over the last week, which the company says is part of the normal startup process and will quiet down when the refinery restarts. 

Steam and Oil Plume Causes Odor at Limetree Bay Refinery

The Limetree Bay refinery project, which is expected to go online in the near future, had an incident on Monday that caused residents to complain of a noxious odor.
Bovoni Landfill on St. Thomas. (Source file photo)

Feds Pony Up $10 Million For V.I. Waste Diversion

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Associate Deputy Administrator Doug Benevento and Region 2 Administrator Pete Lopez wrapped up a visit with Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and other senior officials Tuesday as the territory was awarded $10 million for waste diversion work. 

Territory’s Air Quality May Limit Number of COVID-19 Fatalities

A potential link between air quality and COVID-19 is the source of a national study conducted by the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard University to determine if long-term exposure to fine particulate pollution is associated with an increased risk of dying from COVID-19.
Michael Monteleone, vice president of strategic business development at Oasis Consulting, describes the company's services. (Courtesy of the Waste Management Authority)

WMA Hires Engineers to Plan Anguilla Closure and New STX Landfill

The V.I. Waste Management Authority has hired Oasis Consulting Services to design and help with closing Anguilla Landfill over the next year or so, while identifying and preparing a new St. Croix landfill location.
No tires have been removed from the Anguilla Landfill on St. Croix, despite an agreement that that would happen.

EPA Approves USVI Self-Permitting of Landfills

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday it has approved the U.S. Virgin Islands’ municipal solid waste landfill permit program, allowing the territory to manage its landfills and expand or create new ones.

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