Environmental upgrades planned at Delaware refinery

 (Shana O'Malley/WHYY)

(Shana O'Malley/WHYY)

State environmental officials have agreed to a settlement agreement with the Delaware City oil refinery that will result in upgrades to the facility’s water intake system.


As part of the settlement, state officials agreed to waive a $116,000 penalty against refinery owner PBF Energy for various permit violations in exchange for upgrades that will reduce the cooling water system’s effect on aquatic life in the Delaware River.

Officials say the upgrades include installation of screens that are designed to minimize harm to fish and other aquatic organisms, replacing an existing screen system that was intended to keep trash from entering the cooling water system.

The refinery also will work on an improved fish return system to ensure that fish are returned to the river safely.

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