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Hovensa Releases Sulfur Dioxide at St. Croix Refinery

Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Hovensa LLC released sulfur dioxide because of a malfunctioning valve at its oil refinery in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to a filing to the National Response Center.

“Hovensa had a permit exceedance on an incinerator on Jan. 4, which was reported to the appropriate agencies and corrected,” Alex Moorhead, a spokesman for the refinery, said in an e-mail. “This had no impact on production and all units are operating normally.”

The incident took place at 6 p.m. local time yesterday, according to the report.

U.S. refineries must notify the center if they release hazardous substances in excess of reportable quantities, according to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, known as Superfund.

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