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After another leak, EPA probes whether St. Croix refinery poses ‘an imminent risk to people’s health’

The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it was weighing whether a controversial refinery on St. Croix posed "an imminent risk to people's health" after a third accident in the span of three months sickened local residents and forced some schools to close.
  • May 7, 2021

What do cicadas taste like? The Post answers your Brood X questions.

In the coming weeks (if not already), billions of cicadas will emerge from 17 years underground.
  • May 6, 2021

EPA hits troubled Virgin Islands oil refinery with a violation notice

Limetree Bay Refinery, once one of the largest oil and gas refineries in the world, has had two serious accidents since reopening in February.
  • May 3, 2021

Deadly air pollutant ‘disproportionately and systematically’ harms Americans of color, study finds

Nearly every form of the nation’s most pervasive deadly air pollutant disproportionately affects Americans of color, regardless of their location or income level, according to a peer-reviewed analysis published Wednesday.
  • Apr 28, 2021

EPA, U.S. Virgin Islands officials launch probe after second St. Croix refinery accident

The release of hydrogen sulfide, shortly after the Limetree Bay refinery showered oil on a neighboring community in February, has raised fresh questions about the operation.
  • Apr 27, 2021
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Fighting environmental racism

How a protest in a North Carolina farming town sparked a national movement for environmental justice.
  • Apr 23, 2021

A poultry plant, years of groundwater contamination and, finally, a court settlement

Residents in Millsboro, Del., sued the local Montaire facility, which they suspect is linked to their cancers and other serious health problems.
  • Apr 13, 2021

‘This is environmental racism’

"I Can't Breathe" were George Floyd's dying words under a White police officer's knee. They eerily echo what Black, Latino, Native American and other non-White environmental justice activists have said for decades about choking pollution in their communities.
  • Apr 6, 2021

The island where it rained oil

On the island of St. Croix sits one of the first major tests for President Biden's commitment to environmental justice: a major oil refinery coaxed back to life in the final days of the Trump administration.
  • Mar 25, 2021