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No one argues against a company’s right to be profitable and to get rich – even very rich. We do argue against its right to get astronomically rich when the only way it can do so is at the expense of the health of the people around it along with the sea, land and animals.
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.
Finding the balance between reviving the economy and public safety is a delicate one, Governor Albert Bryan Jr. said in a recent interview with the Source.
Two days after a national news outlet cast the spotlight on the territory and its surge in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. called for the public to put the cases in perspective, saying that the outbreak is contained to the Limetree Bay refinery on St. Croix.
Asked Monday what it would take for the territory to go back to the “safer at home” restrictions, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said the most important thing now is to contain the outbreak spreading from the Limetree Bay refinery.
Limetree Bay Terminals oil storage company and Limetree Bay Refining, the affiliated companies at the former Hovensa refinery on St. Croix, announced an increase in COVID-19 positive cases at the facility Thursday.
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