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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.

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.

Cowgirl Bebop Floating Restaurant and Lounge Files Appeal With BLUA

After being denied a Coastal Zone Management permit in September, developers of the proposed Cowgirl Bebop floating restaurant have appealed to the Board of Land Use Appeals, arguing that the volunteer board members erred by not following staff recommendations to approve the permit.

Bryan Asks For More Funding for Paul E. Joseph Stadium

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. signed a bill recently appropriating $8.2 million to help finish the long-stalled Paul E. Joseph Stadium project in Frederiksted, but said the plan needed another $3 million from next year's budget too.
The GERS office on St. Thomas.

Bryan Vetoes Bills Changing GERS Board, Cannabis Board

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. took action on 22 measures in the past week, vetoing six, including changes to the Government Employees' Retirement System Board and Cannabis Advisory Board, and signing 16 of them into law.

Golfing in the USVI: What Courses Are Open?

Choices for golfing in the U.S. Virgin Islands are not plentiful, with three playable courses. But with the sun, sand, cool breezes and emerald seas the courses have just about everything that a traveling golfer can want.

Bryan Extends Eviction Moratorium With New Limits

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has extended the local moratorium on tenant evictions, in place since March, but with conditions and limits.

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