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State Panel Revives Civic Groups Challenge of Delaware City Refinery


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state panel has reversed itself and ruled that two civic groups can pursue a challenge to a permit allowing a Delaware oil refinery to ship unblended ethanol to other facilities along the East Coast.

The Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board voted 4-3 Monday to allow the Delaware Audubon Society and the League of Women Voters of Delaware to challenge a permit granted to the Delaware City Refinery in 2016.

The decision came after a Superior Court judge ruled more than a year ago that the board had erred when it determined that the two groups lacked standing to challenge the permit because they failed to show that their members would be affected by the project.

The permit allows the refinery to ship up to 10,000 barrels of ethanol daily.

Don Rush is the News Director 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.