Public Involvement


Public Engagement Timeline


Small Group Chats

Evergreen and Hummingbird recently began hosting Small Group Chats where residents and stakeholders can provide input on communication materials and ask questions about Evergreen’s environmental program. The Small Group Chats cover three main areas:

  1. Understanding of Evergreen’s Environmental Program
  2. Concerns about Evergreen’s Remediation/cleanup of the Former Philadelphia Refinery site
  3. Communication Needs and Preferences

If you or your organization are interested in joining us for a small group chat, let us know! Check back soon for summaries of the small group chats that we have already had.


Public Meeting Information

As part of the 2007 and 2019 Public Involvement Plans, as well as the 2020 Community Outreach Plan amendment and 2021 Public Engagement Plan amendment, Evergreen has held and will continue to hold public meetings to provide updates on Evergreen’s site remediation program and provide two-way communication opportunities for the public.  Details on past meetings and planned future meetings are provided below.

May 24, 2022: Interactive Public Meeting - Fate & Transport

Thank you to those that were able to participate in another successful meeting!  The May 24, 2022 event (see attached flyer) included short presentations to provide a general review of the basic principles of contaminant fate and transport, which discussed how chemicals travel in the environment.  We also reviewed Evergreen’s upcoming fate and transport modeling efforts.  This provided basic information ahead of the Act 2 Fate & Transport Model Remedial Investigation Report which is due in June 2022.  There was dedicated time for open discussion in smaller groups to encourage a two-way flow of information.  Community members and other attendees were encouraged to share what they know/learned about transport modeling during the presentation and ask questions to further the discussion on the topic.

February 17, 2022: Interactive Public Meeting - Remediation Basics

The February 17, 2022 event (see attached flyer) included a short presentation to provide a general update on site activities but mostly focused on reviewing the basic principles of remediation.  There was dedicated time for open discussion, using Zoom breakout sessions so that smaller groups could be utilized to encourage a two-way flow of information.  Community members and other attendees were encouraged to share what they know/learned about remediation during the presentation and ask questions to further the discussion on the topic.  This helps inform how we communicate information about our remediation activities in the future.  Below you will find a copy of the presentation, session recordings, attendance list, and written Q&A for those questions that were not answered during the meeting – those questions that were addressed during the meeting are available in the recording(s):

December 15, 2021: Joint Philadelphia Air Management Services and Evergreen Virtual Public Information Session

The City of Philadelphia Air Management Services (AMS) and Evergreen hosted a joint public information session on December 15, 2021 to discuss the draft Natural Minor Operation Permit to be issued to Evergreen for operation of applicable remediation systems at the former Philadelphia Refinery site.  The event provided an opportunity for AMS to discuss the Natural Minor permit and process, Evergreen to provide information on the remediation systems applicable to this permit, and the public to ask questions.  We hope that the meeting was beneficial to those who participated and increased public understanding of the role of AMS in this permit process and Evergreen’s remediation activities at the site.

We invite you to review the materials from the meeting:

September 28, 2021: Evergreen Interactive Virtual Public Meeting (Engagement and General Project Updates)

Evergreen hosted a public meeting on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021.  Due to the rise in Covid cases, the meeting was held virtually via Zoom.  You can also view the meeting flyer.  During this virtual meeting we:

  • Shared progress on our work towards developing an improved community engagement process
  • Provided updates on Evergreen’s cleanup program, with emphasis on Area of Interest 4 (AOI4) and Area of Interest 9 (AOI9)
  • Discussed next steps for community engagement
  • Provided opportunities for attendees to give feedback and ask questions

View the recording and other meeting details at the links below:

June 3, 2021 6pm: JOINT Evergreen/Hilco Redevelopment Partners Public Meeting

Evergreen joined Hilco Redevelopment Partners on June 3, 2021 for a virtual public meeting via Zoom webinar format.  Details for attending the meeting, which was being facilitated by Hilco, are provided below.  Questions were submitted ahead of time to jsessoms@hilcoglobal.com by May 31, 2021, and were also collected during the event. Questions directed at both Hilco and Evergreen are provided below along with a copy of the presentation.  Evergreen Q&A have also been added to the Q&A page of the website.

March 31, 2021: Public Discussion on Community Outreach & Involvement

The March 31, 2021 event included a short presentation to provide a general update on schedule and forthcoming reports.  The majority of the time; however, was spent in open discussion, using Zoom breakout sessions so that smaller groups could be utilized to encourage two-way flow of information.  Community members were able to share ideas and experiences that will help inform and shape our community outreach strategy.  We discussed topics such as notification, communication (for both technical and administrative information), commenting/input, and public involvement activities. Below you will find a copy of the presentation, session recordings, and attendance/chat information from the event:

February 18, 2021: CITY OF PHILADELPHIA Public Meeting (Roles of Different Regulatory Agencies)

The City of Philadelphia hosted a meeting on February 18, 2021 along with the PADEP and USEPA.  The meeting was held to increase public understanding of the roles of the agencies in the cleanup process.  The meeting notice has been provided HERE with details on date/time, link to virtual meeting, and purpose of the meeting.  A recording of the presentation is provided HERE. The Question and Answer document (from the event itself), the Chat, and the Attendance Record from the meeting are also available. PADEP has also provided a pdf copy of their portion of the presentation: Philadelphia Refinery: DEP’s Role and the Land Recycling Program.  EPA has also provided a pdf copy of their portion of the presentation. A follow-up Q&A document to address questions that were not answered during the event will also be posted upon receipt from the agencies.

January 14, 2021: Public Information Session Info (Open Q&A - end of pre-2018 RIR public comments)

Evergreen held a Public Information Session to discuss the Legacy Environmental Cleanup of the former Philadelphia Refinery on January 14, 2021. The purpose of this session was to provide an open Question and Answer period.  This meeting marked the end of a “120-day” review period that was provided for past Act 2 reports that had already gone through the submittal and review process (NOTE: 120-days from the August 26, 2020 public information session was December 26, 2020; however, questions/comments were accepted up until the day of the meeting on January 14, 2021). A copy of the presentation document can be found HERE.  The full event with audio which includes the live Q&A can be watched by clicking HERE.

Evergreen will compile all questions/comments/responses collected since the November 2019 event into a Public Comment Remedial Investigation Report (RIR) that will be submitted to the DEP and EPA.  While the purpose of the review period was to open past reports for a second comment period for the public, most questions/comments collected to date have been around other general refinery topics.  Please note that all questions/comments will be addressed in the Public Comment RIR regardless of topic.  

Please note that while this meeting marked the end of the official comment review period for the previously submitted Act 2 reports, there will be many additional opportunities for public input as the Act 2 program continues.  Evergreen is planning future small group discussions around topics collected from this review period as well as during future report public comment periods (all future Act 2 reports will have a public comment period upon submittal to DEP/EPA).

Please note that due to restrictions on public gatherings, the presentation was virtual to ensure the safety of all attendees based on current social gathering guidelines.  Future meeting logistics will be evaluated prior to each event.

The public can continue to provide input and any time on these reports or other topics through any of the methods listed below:

  • This website via the Report Comments page
  • Email Evergreen at phillyrefinerycleanup@ghd.com
  • U.S. Mail at (P.O. Box 7275, Wilmington, DE 19803)

All input is valued equally, regardless of the method of input. Questions previously received from the public are posted to the Evergreen website on the Q&A tab.

August 6, 2020: EPA Contractor Presentation (Independent Review of pre-2018 RIRs)

EPA contractor, Skeo Solutions, Inc. (Skeo), prepared a report summarizing Evergreen’s Act 2 Remedial Investigation Reports.  Funding to prepare this report was made available under EPA’s Technical Assistance Services for Communities (TASC) program. As stated in the Summary Report,  “This report provides information on the Site and the RIR process. It covers contaminants of concern, future land use scenarios, and PADEP non-residential standards for soil and groundwater. It also shares key findings from the eight RIRs for AOIs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10. It also discusses common cleanup methods at refinery sites. The report’s goal is to help nearby residents, businesses and organizations better understand contamination at the Site, how it could affect them, and what to expect for future site investigations and cleanup.”  The report also discusses air emissions from former operations that is not related to the Act 2 investigations, but is provided for the benefit of the community. A copy of Skeo’s report can be accessed HERE.

Skeo also shared a brief presentation of the report and responded to community questions and feedback on Thursday August 6, 2020.  A copy of the presentation can be accessed HERE.  The public questions and answers provided by Skeo are included in Appendix B of the report listed above.

August 27, 2020: Public information Session Info (Review of all pre-2018 Investigation Results)

Evergreen held a Public Information Session to discuss the Legacy Environmental Cleanup of the former Philadelphia Refinery on August 27th 2020. The purpose of this session was to (1) provide the community with an overview of the completed environmental investigations, as well as past and future environmental cleanup activities, and (2) facilitate the public’s review of pertinent environmental reports to date.  A copy of the presentation document can be found HERE ( Spanish | Chinese | Vietnamese ).  The full presentation with audio including the Q&A session following the presentation can be watched by clicking HERE.

Please note that due to restrictions on public gatherings, the presentation was virtual to ensure the safety of all attendees based on current social gathering guidelines.  Future meeting logistics will be evaluated prior to each event.

The August 27, 2020 Information Session kicked off a 120-day period for the public to provide comment on previously submitted reports.  Once the comment period has ended, Evergreen will compile all questions/comments collected during the event and during the following review period into a report along with Evergreen responses that will be submitted to the DEP and EPA.  The public can continue to provide input and any time on these reports or other topics through any of the methods listed below:

  • This website via the Report Comments page
  • Email Evergreen at phillyrefinerycleanup@ghd.com
  • U.S. Mail at (P.O. Box 7275, Wilmington, DE 19803)

All input is valued equally, regardless of the method of input. Questions previously received from the public are posted to the Evergreen website on the Q&A tab.

Upon completion of the 120-day comment period, another meeting will be held to close out the comment period.  Information regarding future meetings will be posted to this website and public notices will be submitted.

2019 Public Information Session Info

A Public Information Session was scheduled for November 7, 2019 at the Preparatory Charter School (1928 Point Breeze Avenue) from 6-8pm. The purpose of the meeting was to present results of environmental investigations and remediation activities relating to the cleanup program being conducted by Evergreen. Notices for this meeting were published in the Philadelphia Daily News and the South Philly Review on September 13 and 11, 2019, respectively, and correspondence was sent to the City of Philadelphia, PADEP, and EPA. An additional notice was published in the same newspapers on October 2, 2019 (Philadelphia Daily News, South Philly Review).

We were disappointed to be blocked from holding the public meeting on November 7, 2019, where we planned to have a productive dialogue with interested community members regarding Evergreen’s ongoing remediation activities at the Philadelphia Refinery. Our goal was to offer a summary of the Act 2 process and key results of our work thus far, as well as to take questions from the public, kicking off a comment period before holding another meeting which was proposed for spring 2020.  We have provided a copy of the presentation that was prepared for the November 7, 2019 meeting here.   

  1. Any individual so desiring may request to receive a copy of the cleanup plan prior to implementation of the cleanup and have an opportunity to comment on such plan.
  2. Any person affected by the release that is the subject of the NIR may request that DEP conduct a site assessment. DEP further agrees that an appropriate DEP official will consider and appropriately respond to such request.