"EPA Hits Troubled Virgin Islands Oil Refinery With A Violation Notice"

"Limetree Bay Refinery, once one of the largest oil and gas refineries in the world, has had two serious accidents since reopening in February"

"A giant oil and gas refinery was served with a “notice of violation” by the Environmental Protection Agency following two major accidents that released noxious fumes and a chemical-filled vapor cloud over nearby neighborhoods in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The EPA said Monday that Limetree Bay Refining was served with the notice because the company failed to operate five monitoring stations to gauge the air quality around its plant, a major source of harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The company also failed to operate a meteorological tower.

“A major source of air pollution, such as Limetree Bay, is subject to controls under its air permits,” the agency said in a statement. “Limetree Bay may be liable for civil penalties and required to take actions to correct the violations.”"

Darryl Fears and Juliet Eilperin report for the Washington Post May 3, 2021.

Source: Washington Post, 05/04/2021