On Wednesday at the Stark County Courthouse attorneys representing the National Parks Conservation Association, the Environmental Law & Policy Center, and Dakota Resource Council appealed the synthetic minor source permit the Meridian Energy Group received from the North Dakota Department of Health in June for the Davis Refinery.
The groups feel the refinery should be treated as a major source and be subject to a more comprehensive review process, due to the refinery’s proximity to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
The Davis Refinery will about three miles away from the park.
The Meridian Energy Group released the following statement to KX News, regarding its air quality permit challenge in court:
“Meridian remains confident in the issuance of the Permit to Construct by the North Dakota Department of Health – Air Quality Division. Meridian Energy and its experienced Engineering Staff, concurrent with NDDoH’s own in-house review and modeling, provided the NDDoH with everything it needed to thoroughly evaluate and issue the Permit to Construct as a Synthetic Minor Source. To suggest otherwise undermines the exhaustive and extensive 18-month review by the officials from the Department of Health which included numerous governmental agencies such as the EPA and National Parks Service. We look forward to putting these proceedings behind us and building the Cleanest Refinery on the Planet”.
Southwest District Judge Dan Greenwood said he will make a ruling as soon as possible.