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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Limetree Bay Ventures, LLC, announced on Friday it has appointed Jeffrey Rinker as its new chief executive officer, effective Nov. 11.
The Reuters news service reported Friday that Limetree Bay might lose BP's crude oil supply if it does not start running by December.
A portion of the former Hovensa refinery on St. Croix is on schedule to resume refining oil by year's end, according to Limetree Bay Ventures, parent company of Limetree Bay Terminals and Limetree Bay Refining.