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Most of a dangerous toxic chemical at the PES refinery is now neutralized — but risk remains

Exposure to hydrofluoric acid can cause serious injury or death, and the chemical has posed a threat since an explosion and fire ripped through the refinery in June.

By Susan Phillips



Residents with PFAS-contaminated private well water in limbo as DEP investigates cause

Those with private wells close to bases where PFAS chemicals were used have received bottled water. But some places are too far away for the contamination to be the direct result of training exercises, and too far away to have been tested by the Environmental Protection Agency.

By Dana Bate/WHYY


Updated: June 26, 2019 | 5:36 pm

Philadelphia refinery damaged by fire will close, city says; union calls layoffs a ‘disgrace’

The explosion and fire took a day and a half to extinguish and destroyed the unit that turned crude oil into gasoline. Four employees were hurt.

By Susan Phillips

New Jersey sues companies over PFAS contamination

The lawsuit alleges eight companies engaged in consumer and environmental fraud
By Susan Phillips

Higher operating pressure prompts new safety concerns over Sunoco’s Mariner East 2X pipeline

Documents indicate Sunoco has a new maximum operating pressure for the line, which is under construction. An engineer who conducted a risk assessment of the Mariner East project said a higher pressure increases risk.

By Susan Phillips

State attorney general, Delaware County district attorney launch criminal investigation into Sunoco, Energy Transfer

Chester County’s district attorney is already investigating the Mariner East pipeline project. The company said it will “aggressively” defend itself.

By Susan Phillips

Chester County investigation of pipeline builder Energy Transfer now includes grand jury

District attorney's probe of Mariner East project began in December
By Susan Phillips
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