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.

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