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Pollution Accountability at
St. Croix Refinery

On this page is listed quick facts, details about the appeal, news articles (local and national), and other pertinent information related to Limetree Bay, refinery operations, pollution, and other resources.

The S.E.A., the Center for Biological Diversity, and Sierra Club, in collaboration with Natural Resources Defense Council, Vermont Law School’s Environmental Justice Clinic and The Neville Law Firm LLC, filed a legal appeal on February 3 against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) challenging the high pollution levels allowed for the Limetree Bay refinery operations and requesting better considerations for environmental justice on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.  

 

We want EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board to review Limetree Bay’s Plantwide Applicability Limit (PAL) permit.

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EPA Specific Links

LEGAL: LINKS TO PAL PERMIT AND EAB DOCUMENTS

PAL PERMIT APPEAL TO ENVIRONMENTAL APPEALS BOARD

LIMETREE POLLUTION INCIDENTS

EPA investigating Limetree Bay refinery’s contamination of cisterns on St. Croix, The Virgin Islands Daily News (Mar. 15, 2021), written by Suzanne Carlson

Limetree Bay Releases Timeline of Flare IncidentSt. Croix Source (Mar. 4, 2021), Press Release

Limetree Bay Refinery Says Large Flare Part of Restart Work, St. Thomas Source (Jan. 14, 2021), Source Staff

 

National News Stories

The Islands Where It Rained Oil, Washington Post (March 24, 2021), written by Juliet Eilpern, Darryl Fears, and Salwan Georges

Trump admin provides ‘customer’ service to troubled refinery, E&E News (Nov.  21, 2019), written by Corbin Hiar

 

Environmental Justice

Fighting Environmental Racism in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont Law School (Feb. 19, 2021), written by Lanessa Owens-Chaplin, Zoe Souder, and Stephanie Leombruno

ENVIRONMENTAL APPEALS BOARD PETITION

Environmental groups file legal action to stop ‘pollution-plagued’ Limetree refinery, The Virgin Island Daily News (Feb. 4, 2021), written by A.J. Rao

Environmental Groups and Limetree Refinery Both Challenging Terms of Refinery Permit, The St. Thomas Source (Feb. 4, 2021), written by Bill Kossler

Greens challenge permit for troubled Virgin Islands refinery, E&E News (Feb. 3, 2021), written by Kelsey Brugger

Refinery Reactivation: Petition Before the U.S. EPA Environmental Appeals Board Challenging Plantwide Applicability Limit Air Permit, JD Supra (Feb. 16, 2021), written by Walter Wright

EPA Asked To Revisit Permits For St. Croix Refinery, Law 360 (Feb. 4, 2021)

Limetree Bay Oil Refinery, Trump-era EPA Challenged for Lax Pollution Standards, Center for Biological Diversity (Feb. 3, 2021)

Americas: Environmentalists File Legal Action Against Limetree Bay Refinery, Bunkerspot (Feb. 8, 2021), written by Rhys Berry

Environmental groups sue over federal permit for Virgin Islands refinery, The Hill (Feb. 3, 2021), written by Zack Budryk

Environmental groups challenge EPA permit for Limetree Bay refinery after controversial plant reopens, Jurist (Feb. 7, 2021), written by Sarah Kimball Stephenson

EPA Challenged for Lax Pollution and Environmental Justice Standards, St. Croix Environmental Association (Feb. 4, 2021), written by Sara Zuckerman

V.I. Coastal Zone Management

CZM Streamlines Limetree Permits, St. Croix Source (Sept. 27, 2019), written by Susan Ellis

LIMETREE BAY REFINERY NEWS

Refinery Restarts, St. Thomas Source (Feb. 1, 2021)

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