Plant Faces Challenge to Once-Through Cooling Plan
Delaware City Refinery seeks regulatory approval on its plan to upgrade its cooling-water intakes and wastewater discharges. According to company parent PBF Energy, the Delaware refinery has a throughput capacity of 190,000 bpd and the capability to process a heavy slate of crudes with a high concentration of high sulfur crudes.
A draft agreement was reached in December on a multimillion-dollar partial plant upgrade, and PBF Energy has agreed to spend in the range of $10 million to upgrade cooling water intakes. Critics object, calling for cooling-tower system that would recycle water and protect aquatic life.
A hearing on the draft discharge permit is planned for March 24.