WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Safety Company on Friday stated it had ordered an emergency halt to Limetree Bay’s refinery on the island of St. Croix “on account of a number of improperly carried out operations that current an imminent danger to public well being.”
The Caribbean refinery has suffered repeated setbacks since its private-equity house owners started overhauling the long-idled facility two years in the past.
The plant had quickly halted operations earlier this week after an incident by which oil was sprayed on nearby communities for the second time this 12 months, contaminating their consuming water.
“These repeated incidents on the refinery have been and stay completely unacceptable. Right now, I’ve ordered the refinery to right away pause all operations till we will be assured that this facility can function in accordance with legal guidelines that shield public well being,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan stated in a press release.
The refiner should organize for an impartial audit of the ability’s operations and submit a plan to the EPA addressing corrective measures, the company stated.
The order will stay in impact for 60 days except prolonged via america’ submitting of a civil motion in court docket.
The EPA cited the Clear Air Act as giving it authorized authority to halt the refinery’s operations whether it is “considerably endangering public well being, welfare, or the surroundings.”
Limetree didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Modifying by Chris Reese and Hugh Lawson)