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EPA investigates pollutants at St. Croix refinery
February 15, 2011 / 10:28 PM / 7 years ago

EPA investigates pollutants at St. Croix refinery

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Tuesday it started a three-month study on air pollution from Hovensa’s 500,000 barrel-per-day refinery in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

EPA will measure levels of a class of air pollutants known as volatile organic compounds, some of which have serious health effects.

In late January, Hovensa agreed to pay a $5.3 million civil penalty and spend more than $700 million in new pollution controls at the refinery.

The settlement required new and upgraded pollution controls, more stringent emission limits, and aggressive monitoring, leak-detection and repair practices to reduce emissions from refinery equipment and process units.

The St. Croix refinery is owned and operated by Hovensa LLC, a joint-venture between Hess Corp and Venezuela’s national oil company Petroleos de Venezuela.

Reporting by Selam Gebrekidan; Editing by Marguerita Choy

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