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EPA to send experts to refinery in US Virgin Islands to conduct investigation after recent incidents

April 29/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to send experts and staff to the Limetree Bay refinery in the US Virgin Islands as soon as this week to conduct an investigation after recent incidents at the plant caused some residents to feel ill, reported Reuters with reference to the agency's statement.

The EPA is conducting the investigation with the US Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources and US Virgin Islands Department of Health.

The agency said is looking to determine Уthe level of the exceedances, the composition of the releases, the duration and cause of the incidents, the corrective actions taken or to be taken, the potential public health impacts, and how to best prevent future incidents.Ф

As MRC informed before, in late March 2021, EPA said it had revoked an expansion permit for the Limetree Bay oil refinery in the US Virgin Islands, citing concerns that the area around the facility is overburdened with pollution. The decision allowed the plant to keep operating but blocked ongoing expansion work pending an EPA review to assess measures the facility needs to take to protect nearby residents.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated polyethylene (PE) consumption totalled 356,370 tonnes in the first two month of 2021, down by 9% year on year. Shipments of exclusively low density polyethylene (LDPE) increased. At the same time, polypropylene (PP) shipments to the Russian market was 246,870 tonnes in January-February 2021, up by 30% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, crude and gaz condensate, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, propylene, LDPE, ethylene, petrochemistry, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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