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A large flare burns off fuel at Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery while firefighters battle a fire there. The wind carried the black smoke toward residential areas of South Philadelphia.

A large flare burns off fuel at Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery while firefighters battle a fire there. The wind carried the black smoke toward residential areas of South Philadelphia.

‘Great progress’ in South Philly refinery cleanup, fire commissioner says

About half of the original 30,000 gallons of highly toxic hydrofluoric acid remains. “A good week,” Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel says.
By Susan Phillips

Ryan O’Callaghan is president of the United Steelworkers Local 10-1, which represents 640 union workers at Philadelphia Energy Solutions. The 150-year-old refinery is shutting down later this month after a fire destroyed one of its units.

Layoffs at PES refinery begin, as union argues for continued presence due to safety concerns

About 80 of the 640 union workers were walked off the site one week ahead of schedule.
By Dana Bate/WHYY

Neighbors and activists with Philly Thrive protest  Tuesday outside Preparatory Charter School ahead of the first meeting of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery advisory group.

Philadelphia firefighters gather at the entrance to Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery, while a large flare burns off fuel to prevent it from feeding the massive fire at the refinery.

Philadelphia Energy Solutions' refinery.

After refinery fire, Philadelphia creates advisory group to discuss the site’s future

“You’re not going to hear me say we can dictate what happens on that site, but I think we can have some influence on what happens at that site,” Philadelphia Managing Director Brian Abernathy said.

By Susan Phillips

The Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery accounts for almost 16 percent of the city's carbon footprint, according to a City report that describes how to make deep cuts in carbon emissions.

Ryan O’Callaghan is president of the United Steelworkers Local 10-1, which represents 640 union workers at Philadelphia Energy Solutions. The 150-year-old refinery is shutting down later this month after a fire destroyed one of its units.

Refinery’s closure sparks calls for a ‘just transition’ in Philadelphia

Two very different views toward what should happen to it mirror a conversation that’s taking place across the country: How do we move toward a low-carbon future without displacing the more than one million people who make their living in fossil fuels?

By Emily Pontecorvo/WHYY

A large flare burns off fuel at Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery while firefighters battle a fire there.
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