What projects has Hummingbird have worked on in South Philly? Hummingbird.. Darby is not in South Philly can you be more specific?

It is more accurate to say that the projects that we have worked on and communities that we have worked with are in Southwest Philadelphia. For the past 7 years, Marion Cox on our team has worked with several Philadelphia communities at the Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Site. More specifically, the Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Site [LDCA] is composed of 3 separate landfills that span a large geographic... read more

Did Evergreen involve any neighborhood organizations in the process of deciding which community engagement consulting firm to hire? Thank you.

Evergreen did not directly involve neighborhood organizations in the process of deciding which community engagement consulting firm to hire. Evergreen drafted a Community Outreach Plan based on feedback from members of the public and from regulatory agencies in spring of 2020.  Evergreen also researched firms that had a successful engagement history on complex environmental sites nearby, including the Lower Darby... read more

Who is responsible to collect, sample, and treat stormwater? Does the ACT 2 closure include PFAS concerns to reduce future liabilities? We are treating impacted PFAS stormwater at a site in the NE. The owner in this case is risk adverse and we are treating to non-detect levels.

Storm water will continue to be managed by the current owners/operators of the property, not Evergreen.  PFAS compounds are not currently part of Evergreen’s Act 2 program at the facility; however, Evergreen is developing a PFAS sampling program for subsurface conditions, not storm... read more

You still have those pollution Underground I still smell odors outside of my house

Evergreen is responsible for investigation and cleanup of subsurface conditions present at the property before the sale to PES in 2012.  Part of Evergreen's investigation involves defining the extent of contamination in soil and groundwater and determining if the impacts present a risk to people onsite and those located near to the site. Evergreen operates remediation systems at the facility to control groundwater... read more

What plans does HILCO have to verify that the cleanup of AOI 11 (the PRM Aquifer) does not impact the water supply in NJ? Many municipal and public water companies and farmers draw their water from this source?

Evergreen is responsible for subsurface petroleum impacts that existed prior to the sale of the facility to PES in 2012. The investigation of that historic contamination includes AOI-11, which is the lower aquifer beneath the facility. Evergreen will continue to address those pre-2012 impacts in the lower aquifer throughout the Act 2 process and AOI 11 will be included in Evergreen’s future Cleanup Plans, which... read more

At the outset of remediation activities back in the 1990s, a large number of contaminants were sampled for. Evergreen, with approval from DEP, later revised the list of “contaminants of concern” down to only 30 chemical compounds and one heavy metal, lead. We need to have a full analysis explaining why this was done. Otherwise, additional samples should be collected for all of the compounds that were not included. Similar question: There are over 100 chemical compounds and metals used in oil refining, yet only around 30 contaminants have been investigated on site. Every contaminant must be accounted for!

The site was tested for a complete list of metals as part of the 1992 EPA Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Facility Investigation, and none of these metals – with the exception of lead –were identified as contaminants of concern. The 1992 report is posted on the Evergreen website for reference. The current analyte list (21 compounds) utilized for the Act 2 program at the facility was developed... read more

Evergreen has stated that it has the fate and transport model, but that it has not been finalized. Can Evergreen share this information with us? It doesn’t have to be final in order for the public to see it. In fact, Act 2 specifically calls for public involvement during the development of all reports, so we would appreciate the opportunity to see and make comments on the fate and transport studies and model in its draft form or formative stage.

We are currently still developing the underlying flow model (this is the foundation of the model prior to inputting concentrations of contaminants of concern (COCs)). Later this summer we expect to be able to start making the model runs that will project the distance, direction and concentrations of compounds over time. Those projections must be calibrated to real site data. Incomplete models (or documents) that... read more

While Evergreen has stated that benzene contamination moving off-site has not impacted the air quality in surrounding buildings, they have also said that no sampling of air quality in off-site buildings has been done. Evergreen needs to collect data to ensure that benzene and other contamination has not moved offsite and made its way from contaminated soils into the basements of surrounding buildings, affecting the health of residents.

Evergreen has conducted initial assessments using existing data and conservative assumptions, which did not find any potential impacts to off-site residences’ indoor air quality from the conditions in shallow groundwater moving offsite from the facility; therefore, we have no plans to test off-site buildings. However, future fate and transport evaluation will model the projected extent of groundwater... read more

Unfortunately, there are a few things that I am concerned with as well, including recycling the debris and where are they going to take it?

Evergreen provided this question to Hilco Redevelopment Partners, who provided the following response: Approximately 30,000 tons of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) will be safely abated and disposed of in close coordination with the City of Philadelphia and other regulatory agencies such as PaDEP, USEPA, OSHA etc. and per all applicable standards and... read more