I read that Benzene levels were 30 times higher than permitted, putting them on par with levels you would see in 3rd world countries like India. Also watchdog websites went black in the weeks leading up to the explosion. There was no data available to the public in the weeks leading up to the explosion.

Evergreen is responsible for managing the environmental investigation and cleanup of soil and groundwater from impacts that occurred before PES purchased the site in 2012. PES operated the site and would have the information pertaining to air emission data. In addition, the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Air Management Services may also be able to provide additional air quality data from that... read more

Right now there is a very strange smell outside. I am inclined to believe it may be emissions from your site. If so, what could it be?

The operation of the site has been under the direction of Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) since the sale of the site in 2012 from Sunoco to PES, so Evergreen/Sunoco has not been involved in site operations since that time. In addition, operations at the former Philadelphia Refinery by PES were shut down in 2019, so we are unsure of what smell you are referring to. The City of Philadelphia does maintain air... read more

There is a benzene pool that extends toward residential neighborhoods of South Philadelphia. In June 2019, PES reported fence line measurements of benzene above regulatory limits. What’s the situation? What corrective actions have been taken?

Dissolved benzene in groundwater (otherwise known as a benzene groundwater plume) is present at the former Philadelphia Refinery. The Remedial Investigation Reports summarize the benzene in groundwater that Evergreen has characterized as part of the Act 2 investigations. For example, the AOI 1 RIR presents details concerning benzene in groundwater along the eastern boundary of the former Philadelphia Refinery. These... read more