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Panel allows challenge to refinery ethanol shipments permit

January 28, 2019

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.

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