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Environment Massive oil refinery leaks toxic chemical in the middle of Philadelphia Philadelphia Energy Solutions is just one of a dozen refineries across the U. Flames and smoke rise after a series of explosions at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex on June 21, In June, an explosive early morning fire rocked the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery, terrifying nearby residents.

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And they criticized local and federal officials for failing to address the problem or adequately warn the public. That information could also come into play for investors eyeing the South Philadelphia site. Its creditors are looking to unload the refinery at a closely watched bankruptcy auction on Friday, as both residents and former workers watch from the sidelines. The pollution threat from the bankrupt refinery didn't begin last spring or end in July for Reeves and his neighbors.

Opened in the late s and long operated by Sunoco, the refinery was temporarily saved from insolvency in by a group of investors led by the Washington, D. For more than a year and a half prior to the fire, air monitors near the blast site and Switzerland ok head pussy where the perimeter of the refinery registered troubling levels of benzene, according to "fenceline" data submitted by refineries to the EPA.

The data, which EPA began posting early last year, shows the refinery exceeded the benzene emissions limit for all but 12 weeks from the end of January to late September — an week span. Philadelphia new half may have exposed thousands of Philadelphians to troubling levels of benzene, including children like those who often play in the streets of Grays Ferry.

More thanpeople live within three miles of the refinery. About 60 percent of those residents are minority, and nearly 45 percent live below the poverty line, according to census data. Since then, city officials have not spoken publicly about the high benzene readings or the plan for addressing those emissions.

Bankruptcy battle looms Now Reeves and other clean air advocates are fighting to keep thebarrel-per-day refinery closed. They would like to see the site, which has been home to oil storage facilities since shortly after the Civil War, converted to a less polluting commercial use. At least one advocacy group, Philly Thrive, is planning to bus opponents of reopening the refinery to New York City, where the PES auction will be held in the offices of the refinery's bankruptcy lawyers.

Advocates have also pressured Mayor Jim Kenney to oppose bids that include fossil fuel components. The Delaware bankruptcy court that's overseeing the refinery sale has granted his administration a consulting role during the auction. Labor unions, on the other hand, want to see the refinery back up and running. Most of the hulking refinery was unaffected by the blast.

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More than 1, oil workers lost their jobs last year when PES abruptly closed, citing financial fallout from the fire. They argue the refinery benefited the Philadelphia region. A banner outside of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery on Aug. Most of my time is spent there.

PES is currently owned largely by its former creditors, according to bankruptcy filings. Credit Suisse Asset Management and Bardin Hill Investment Partners, which each control more than a quarter of the company, are now the primary owners. Carlyle maintains a 15 percent stake and Energy Transfer Operating LP, Sunoco's parent company, owns just over 7 percent. Soon after the refinery shut down, Mayor Kenney created an philadelphiia panel to help the city evaluate its options.

But Kenney didn't inform the Refinery Advisory Group of the benzene issue, said Mark Alan Hughes, the chairman of the Single woman seeking nsa Keene group's environment and science committee.

Potential buyers of the PES refinery philadelphia new half investors in the land should know about the benzene problems and potential legal liability for the emissions, Hughes said. Carlyle and Credit Suisse Asset Management didn't respond to requests for comment on the refinery's benzene emissions or how they could affect the sale. James Garrow, philadellhia spokesman for Philadelphia's Department of Public Health, said in a statement that "it is a well-known fact that refineries emit benzene during operation.

Reeves, the community organizer, was critical of the city's outreach efforts around the refinery sale. In proposing the regulation, EPA argued that benzene — a naturally occurring component of crude oil and still a key ingredient in gasoline — is mainly released by leaking equipment. It's a good "indicator of other air toxics emitted from fugitive sources," the agency said. When the rule took effect, PES was planning to go public and enw potential investors that the "fenceline monitoring requirement may lead to corrective action measures, including the installation of additional pollution controls, even if the refinery is otherwise in compliance with its air emissions permits.

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Bankruptcy battle looms Now Reeves and other clean air advocates are fighting to keep thebarrel-per-day refinery closed.

Hxlf would like to see the site, which has been home to oil storage facilities since shortly after the Civil War, converted to a less polluting commercial Miss slim ready. At least one advocacy group, Philly Thrive, is planning to bus opponents of reopening the refinery to New York City, where the PES auction will be held in the offices of the refinery's bankruptcy lawyers. Advocates have also pressured Mayor Jim Kenney to oppose bids that include fossil fuel components.

The Delaware bankruptcy court that's philadekphia the refinery sale has granted his administration a consulting role during the auction. Labor unions, on the other hand, want philadelphia new half see the refinery back up and running. Most hslf the hulking refinery was unaffected by the blast. More than 1, oil workers lost their jobs last year when PES abruptly closed, citing financial fallout from the fire.

They argue the refinery benefited the Philadelphia region.

A banner outside of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery on Aug. Most of my time is spent there.

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PES is currently owned largely by its former creditors, according to bankruptcy filings. Credit Suisse Asset Management and Bardin Hill Investment Partners, which each control more than a quarter of the company, are now the primary owners.

Carlyle maintains a 15 percent stake and Energy Transfer Operating LP, Sunoco's parent company, owns just over 7 percent. Soon after the refinery shut down, Philadephia Kenney created an expert panel to help the city evaluate its options. But Kenney didn't inform the Refinery Advisory Group of the benzene issue, said Mark Alan Hughes, the chairman of the advisory group's environment and science committee.

Potential buyers of the PES refinery or investors in phialdelphia land should know about the benzene problems and potential legal liability for the emissions, Hughes said. Carlyle and Credit Suisse Asset Management didn't respond to requests for comment on the refinery's benzene emissions or how they could affect the sale. James Garrow, a spokesman for Philadelphia's Department of Public Health, said in a statement that "it is a well-known fact that refineries emit benzene during operation.

Reeves, the community organizer, was critical of the city's outreach efforts around the refinery sale.

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In proposing the regulation, EPA argued that benzene — a naturally occurring component of crude oil and still a key ingredient in gasoline — is mainly released by leaking equipment. It's a good "indicator of other air toxics emitted from fugitive sources," the agency said. When the rule took effect, PES was planning to go public and warned potential investors that philadelphia new half "fenceline monitoring requirement may lead to corrective action measures, including the installation of additional pollution controls, even if the refinery is otherwise in compliance with its air emissions permits.

For refineries whose average annual emission topped the action level of 9 micrograms of benzene per cubic meter of air, the regulation required operators to determine the cause of the refinery's excess emissions and create a plan to reduce them. In weeks before and after the fire, some of the monitors along the fenceline repeatedly hit micrograms per cubic meter. The emissions levels, however, could have been even higher since PES noted that the reading "exceeds instrument calibration range.

Garrow, the health department spokesman, said the city didn't receive the PES document until three days after the June 21 refinery disaster. But even then, city officials Adult seeking casual sex PA Markleysburg 15459 not tell the public. At a press conference on June 25 about the refinery fire, Mayor Kenney told reporters "there are no findings that would suggest a threat to public health.

The plan also doesn't appear to be working.