DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state panel is hearing arguments in a high-stakes appeal by environmentalists of an air pollution permit issued to PBF Energy's Delaware City oil refinery.
Delaware's Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board convened Tuesday to consider an appeal by the Sierra Club and Delaware Audubon Society of a permit granted by Delaware's environmental secretary in May.
The permit involves the loading of crude oil onto barges for shipment to another PBF refinery in Paulsboro, N.J. That operation is part of a larger transfer operation in which PBF brings crude oil by train to a new rail loop built by PFB near the Delaware City refinery.
Environmental groups argue that that PBF's crude oil transfer operation involves new facilities and new activities not allowed under Delaware's 42-year-old Coastal Zone Act.