Mississippi energy plant, 2 others to close after Trump administration gives waivers to competitors
World Energy, one of the largest and longest-serving low-carbon fuel suppliers in North America, today announced that due to the August 9, 2019 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to grant 31 small refinery waivers from the nation’s renewable fuel standard to oil companies, the company will immediately cease production and furlough employees at its Rome, Ga., Natchez, Miss., and Harrisburg, Pa. facilities.
World Energy will maintain essential staffing at these facilities to support maintenance and safety operations to keep the plants in a warm shutdown mode pending improved market conditions.
The closures will impact more than 100 workers across the three locations and will also impact farmers, suppliers, distributors, and other workers in related industries and communities.
Operations will continue as normal at World Energy’s refineries in Hamilton, Ontario, Houston, Texas, and Paramount, Calif. and at its offices in Boston, Mass. and Burlington, Ontario.
Virtually every petroleum company in the country has complied with the renewable fuels program since the program started in 2004. The granting of waivers, which are tied to economic hardship, have been increased by more than five-fold in the last two years. During the fall of 2019, at least three policy issues will be addressed that will impact the future operations of the facilities in Georgia, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania as well as many other manufacturing plants throughout the low-carbon fuels industry.
These issues include:
This article was provided by World Energy.
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