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Community’s Input Sought for Watershed Plans

A project studying three watersheds of critical concern on St. Thomas and five on St. Croix is seeking community input to help mitigate future damage from runoff and flooding during intense rains.

The Tide is Turning on Marine Debris in the U.S. Virgin Islands

An island in the middle of the Caribbean Sea is an idyllic place to live and visit, but islands can be particularly vulnerable to marine debris.

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.

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.

Opinion: I’ll Be Home for Earth Day

As Earth Day events have been cancelled in the Virgin Islands and around the world, can we find other ways to acknowledge this historic anniversary? Maybe a good start would be to review what Earth Day was originally about, and consider what has changed over the past 50 years.

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