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Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery demolition to take four years, new owner Hilco says

After a video call with the company that’s redeveloping the PES site, some members of an environmental justice group said they still had questions.

By Susan Phillips

Cancer-causing benzene continues to flow from PES refinery complex in Philadelphia

Some levels are higher than what the EPA deems actionable. An agency spokesperson and the Philly health department say the levels don’t indicate health impacts for nearby neighborhoods. But the director of Global Public Health and the Common Good at Boston College said any exposure increases risk.

By Susan Phillips


Company buying bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery promises 18,000 jobs in next 10 years

“It’s projects like this, I believe, that will help jump-start our economy."
By Catalina Jaramillo


The future of Philly’s shut-down PES refinery is wide open. Its neighbors are keeping a wary eye on what happens next

Philadelphia Energy Solutions and Hilco Redevelopment Partners have a lot to do before the sale can close. The site won’t be a refinery, but no one is sure what comes next. As one cautious neighbor said, “I’ve seen in the past how it is, you know, you just switch from one company to the next company and you have the same problem.”

By Catalina Jaramillo


Philadelphia proposes banning hydrofluoric acid, a toxic chemical released in refinery explosion

The proposal stems from last summer’s explosion at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia.
By Susan Phillips

‘You guys know me, I’m not a traitor’: Former PES refinery worker criticized by some for his film about the plant, the fire and his opinion on the site’s future

Most of Bilal Motley’s former co-workers have either rallied to keep the refinery open or kept their thoughts private. Motley, however, wants to tell his story.

By Catalina Jaramillo

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