EPA Uses Emergency Powers to Protect St. Croix Communities and Orders Limetree Bay Refinery to Pause Operations
New YorkÂ (May 14, 2021) â€”Â The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today ordered Limetree Bay Terminals, LLC and Limetree Bay Refining, LLC (Limetree Bay) to pause all operations at its St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands refinery due to multiple improperly conducted operations that present an imminent risk to public health. Under its legal authorities in Clean Air Act Section 303, EPA may take this urgent measure when an entityâ€™s actions are substantially endangering public health, welfare, or the environment. Limetree Bay is located in a community that is disproportionately affected by environmental burdens and its repeated incidents raise significant environmental justice concerns, which are a priority for EPA.
To read the EPA order, visit: https://www.epa.gov/vi/limetree-bay-terminals-and-limetree-bay-refining-llc