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Delaware City Refinery Appeals $150,000 Fine


The Delaware City Refinery is balking at paying a $150-thousand fine with its parent company PBF Energy calling it arbitrary and unreasonable.

The fines originated with an incident in 2013 in which state officials determined that the refinery concealed 17 shipments of crude oil and violated the limits on such shipments.

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary David Small handed down the fine in early March based on the determination of his predecessor.          

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the refinery has not admitted any wrong doing saying that the permit did not limit the destinations of the barge shipments.

They say they were not fairly informed of the limitations and never intentionally misrepresented the number of shipments.

The paper reports that DNREC officials declined to comment because of the pending litigation.

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.