"Court Tosses EPA Permit Order For Troubled St. Croix Refinery"

"A federal appeals court said Tuesday that EPA went too far when it subjected an oil refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands to a costly, multiyear permitting process in order to restart operations.

The ruling issued Tuesday by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals deals a blow to the Biden administration’s efforts to ease the burden of low-income areas and communities of color that are disproportionately affected by pollution. After a temporary restart of the St. Croix refinery in 2021, an oily mist descended on the majority-Black community near the facility.

Last year, EPA reversed course on prior determinations for the facility and notified the operator, Port Hamilton Refining and Transportation LLLP, that a lengthy and expensive prevention of significant deterioration permit would be required before the site could be reopened."

Pamela King and Sean Reilly report for E&E News July 25, 2023.

Source: E&E News, 07/26/2023