Limetree did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The EPA cited the Clean Air Act as giving it legal authority to halt the refinery’s operations if it is “substantially endangering public health, welfare, or the environment”. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
The refiner must arrange for an independent audit of the facility’s operations and submit a plan to the EPA addressing corrective measures, the agency said. “These repeated incidents at the refinery have been and remain totally unacceptable. Today, I have ordered the refinery to immediately pause all operations until we can be assured that this facility can operate in accordance with laws that protect public health,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement.
The order will remain in effect for 60 days unless extended through the United States’ filing of a civil action in court. The plant had temporarily halted operations earlier this week after an incident in which oil was sprayed on nearby communities for the second time this year, contaminating their drinking water.
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