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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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