Evergreen and the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex

Providing Opportunity for Public Comment


The Philadelphia Refinery

The Philadelphia Refinery is a 1300-acre site located in South Philadelphia. Formerly known as the Sunoco Philadelphia Refinery and then the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining and Marketing LLC Complex, the site was previously used to store and process petroleum (an oil commonly used to make gasoline and diesel oil). The site, now known as the Bellwether District, is currently being cleaned up for future use.

Environmental Remediation (Cleanup)

Environmental investigations and cleanup activities have occurred at the facility at least back to the 1980s and before.  Additional investigations and cleanup activities proceeded pursuant to a Consent Order and Agreement (CO&A) with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) beginning in 1993.  In 2003, a new Consent Order and Agreement between Sunoco and the PADEP replaced the 1993 agreement and expanded the scope of work.

The facility was entered into Pennsylvania’s Act 2 Land Recycling Program  (Act 2) in 2006, when Sunoco submitted a Notice of Intent to Remediate. The Program provides a framework for cleanup and reuse of contaminated sites.  In 2011, Sunoco entered the facility into the One Cleanup Program, which provides uniform cleanup through both PADEP’s Act 2 and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) programs.

The facility was sold to Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) in 2012.  Since December 30, 2013, Philadelphia Refinery Operations, a series of Evergreen Resources Group, LLC (which is an affiliate of Sunoco) has managed the subsurface investigation and remediation at the Refinery (continuing Sunoco’s prior work).  In 2019, the facility stopped operating as a refinery and in June 2020, Hilco Redevelopment Partners purchased the site in order to redevelop the property for commercial use.  Evergreen remains responsible for cleaning up contamination that existed at the property up until the 2012 sale (referred to as legacy contamination or legacy remediation).

A Video on the Basics of the Legacy Remediation Program

(Note: Video created September 2021 and some information may have been updated since that time)

An Opportunity for Public Comment

Cleaning up the refinery and ensuring public health go hand in hand. In order to be successful, this process must include meaningful and transparent opportunities for the public to get involved, to be heard and to understand the project. The Act 2 requirements include providing public notification of Act 2 reports and an opportunity for public comment.  All reports can be accessed through a general file review request sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) or a more formal Right-To-Know Law (RTKL) request.

  • For more information, please visit the PADEP website.
  • Alternatively, in an effort to make all of the Act 2 reports readily accessible to the public, they are available on this website.
  • Copies of each report posted on this website are also available at two branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia: Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library at 1935 Shunk St. and Eastwick Library at 2851 Island Avenue. Following is a link to the Philadelphia Free Library online catalogue.

Visit the “Public Involvement” page to learn about ways you can stay involved.


A chronology of Act 2 reports (replacing previously submitted SCRs between 2005 and 2010) is included below:

6/29/201110Site Characterization/Remedial Investigation
9/12/201111Site Characterization/Remedial Investigation
12/13/20115Site Characterization/Remedial Investigation/Cleanup Plan
1/31/20128Site Characterization/Remedial Investigation
2/29/20127Site Characterization/Remedial Investigation
6/21/201311Final Report
9/3/20136Site Characterization/Remedial Investigation
9/19/20137Site Characterization/Remedial Investigation Addendum
10/16/20134Site Characterization/Remedial Investigation
2/24/2015AllHuman Health Risk Assessment
12/31/20159Remedial Investigation
6/9/201610Ecological Risk Assessment
8/5/20161Remedial Investigation
1/16/20175Remedial Investigation
2/8/20179Remedial Investigation Addendum
3/20/20173Remedial Investigation
3/24/20174Remedial Investigation
6/9/20177Remedial Investigation
7/20/20172Remedial Investigation
11/21/20176Remedial Investigation
12/21/20178Remedial Investigation
9/3020214Remedial Investigation Addendum
9/30/20219Remedial Investigation Addendum
5/20/2022MultipleSitewide Remedial Investigation Addendum
6/30/2022MultipleSitewide Fate and Transport Remedial Investigation Report
6/30/2022MultipleEcological Risk Assessment: Areas of Interest 1 through 9