It took the wrath of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finally close down the Limetree Bay Refinery on St. Croix for at least 60 days. After weeks of noxious odors invading the island and making people ill, it was about time that the refinery was stopped dead in its tracks, albeit temporarily.

Officials were posturing that the air quality was fine. Safety guards were off during accidents that caused oil droplets floating in the air and over people’s homes, and noxious fumes that were so bad they literally made people stop in their tracks.