Public Involvement

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After submittal of the Notice of Intent to Remediate in 2006, the City of Philadelphia requested that Sunoco develop a Public Involvement Plan, as required by Act 2.  The plan included holding a public information session to give an overview of the regulatory framework for the project and ongoing corrective action processes. Information from the initial meeting, which took place on September 19, 2007, is included here: Sign in sheet Presentation

Evergreen has prepared a new draft Public Involvement Plan (06-19-2019), which will again include public information sessions as detailed below. Evergreen has also prepared a Community Outreach Plan to document some of the proposed methods for outreach and communication. We encourage input on this document and comments/feedback can be submitted via the Report Comments page.

As part of the Public Involvement Plan and additional Community Outreach efforts, Evergreen sent a Postcard ( Spanish | Chinese | Vietnamese ) to residences and business near the facility to notify of Evergreen’s Investigation and Remediation activities.

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

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.  Information from this meeting will be posted soon.

CITY OF PHILADELPHIA Public Meeting: February 18, 2021 

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, 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.

January 14, 2021 Public Information Session Info:

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.

EPA Contractor August 6, 2020 Presentation/Report Info:

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:

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.