Special session Nov. 12 for HOVENSA deal

ST. CROIX — Gov. John deJongh Jr. has called the 30th Legislature into special session on Nov. 12 to consider ratifying a proposed operating agreement between the V.I. government and the prospective buyer of HOVENSA, Atlantic Basin Refining.

DeJongh transmitted a letter setting the special legislative session, along with copies of the enabling legislation and the agreement to Senate President Shawn-Michael Malone on Thursday.

Government House released the 98-page package late Friday afternoon.

The governor characterized the agreement as representing “the best use of the facility and the best opportunity to restart refinery operations resulting in hundreds of high-paying jobs on St. Croix, dedicated revenue streams to the Government of the Virgin Islands, and — for the first time — provide for the eventual deconstruction of the refinery and cleanup of the refinery site.”

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DPNR warns Water Bay and Sapphire beach not safe for swimming or fishing

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources weekly water quality analysis found that Water Bay and Sapphire beach on St. Thomas were unsafe for swimming or fishing.

DPNR performed water quality analysis at the 33 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Oct. 27-31.

DPNR will continue to monitor the impacted areas and waters.

However, because of rains throughout the territory after the water quality testing was conducted, residents should refrain from using the waters throughout the territory until these effects subside.

There may be an elevated health risk to anyone swimming in stormwater-impacted areas as a result of increased concentrations of bacteria.

All persons also should be aware that stormwater runoff may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health and areas of stormwater runoff, such as guts, puddles and drainage basins, should be avoided.

For more information regarding water quality call the Division of Environmental Protection at 773-1082 on St. Croix.

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BJ’s Wholesale Club Joins EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge Program

Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck was joined by Senator Cory Booker, Congressman Frank Pallone, BJ’s Wholesale Club’s Doug Schiefelbein Community Food Bank of New Jersey’s (CFBNJ) Tristan Wallack and Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey to announce BJ’s participation in the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge program at the store in Edison, NJ. Participants in EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge reduce, donate, and compost as much of their excess food as possible, which saves money, feeds hungry people and helps protect the environment. As part of this new agreement, BJ’s plans to develop new benchmarks to measure progress from its food donation program BJ’s Feeding Communities as well as utilize EPA’s tools to enhance its environmental programs and minimize its environmental footprint. Read more here. 

Caribbean Island of Barbados To Get Waste-To-Energy Plant

From: Gina-Marie Cheeseman, Triple Pundit, More from this Affiliate
Published March 26, 2014 08:06 AM

Cahill Energy, based in Guernsey, announced the signing of an agreement with the government of Barbados on March 15 to build and operate a waste-to-energy plant. The company plans to invest up to $240 million in the plant which will be built in Vaucluse, St. Thomas. The plant is predicted to create up to 350 jobs, plus stimulate economic growth on the island and save the government of Barbados several hundred million dollars during the 30-year contract, according to estimates from Cahill Energy.

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Waste Management To Deploy First Plasma Gasification System

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Published March 17, 2010 07:29 AM

S4 Energy Solutions LLC, a joint venture by Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WM) and InEnTec LLC, announced plans to develop a plasma gasification facility at Waste Management’s Columbia Ridge Landfill in Arlington, Oregon. The planned facility will convert municipal solid waste into fuels and energy.

Construction is expected to begin in the early summer, with startup scheduled by year end.

With the S4 system, waste materials are prepared and fed into a first phase gasification chamber that operates at temperatures of approximately 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit. After the first phase, the waste materials flow into a second closed chamber where they are superheated to temperatures between 10,000 and 20,000 degrees Fahrenheit using an electricity-conducting gas called plasma.

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Caribbean Island Closer to Becoming Geothermal Energy Exporter

From: Leon Kaye, Triple Pundit, More from this Affiliate
Published August 12, 2010 05:14 PM

Among the islands in the Eastern Caribbean, St. Lucia’s economy is performing comparatively well. The island, which is less than half the size of Los Angeles proper and is home to about 170,000, is diversifying its agricultural sector, has decent infrastructure, and has attracted investment in its manufacturing and banking sectors.

Now this tiny nation northwest of Barbados is making a move on the renewable energy front. St. Lucia’s government has signed an agreement with US-based Qualibou Energy for the development of a geothermal plant. If all goes as planned, the plant will generate 12 megawatts of electricity by 2012, and another 108 MW of capacity will be in operation by 2015.

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Search for Missing Flight’s Wreckage Is Hampered by a Sea of Detritus

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In recent days, the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner has focused on blurry satellite images and other sightings of objects floating in the desolate reaches of the southern Indian Ocean.

So far, none of the objects have been retrieved or identified. They could be aircraft wreckage, but even the officials leading the search for Flight 370 acknowledge that the objects could be something else. And that something else, people who study marine debris say, could be just about anything.

“Any search and rescue attempt will be hampered by untold quantities of debris,” said Charles Moore, a sailor who studies marine debris at the Algalita Marine Research Institute in Long Beach, Calif. Even with relatively high-resolution satellite imaging, he said, “you are going to be confounded by the detritus of civilization.”

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