Hilco (the new owner of the refinery site) and Evergreen (the company contracted by Sunoco for the cleanup) are hosting their first joint public meeting on June 3rd about the site's contamination and remediation. Philly Thrive is hosting an outdoor screening of the meeting and we are mobilizing Philadelphians to submit questions to Jasmine Sessoms -- [email protected] by the May 31st deadline.
Here is an email template:
Dear Jasmine and the Hilco Team,
The cleanup of the former Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery is critically important to achieving Hilco and the community’s shared goal of a rebirth of the site and a healthy future for all residents. To that end, I stand with Philly Thrive and submit the following questions for the June 3rd joint public meeting with Evergreen.
1. Who’s responsible for what? What is Hilco responsible for? What is Evergreen responsible for?
2. What agreements are being planned between Hilco and Evergreen about remediation?
3. The Soil Management Plan is a key part of the planning phase for the clean-up of the site. What is contained in this plan, and why was the public not involved in its development and review?
4. A complete, immediate investigation of benzene sources should be made and immediate efforts should be taken to minimize impacts & shield residents from harm.
5. There are over 100 chemical compounds and metals used in oil refining, yet only around 30 contaminants have been investigated on site. Every contaminant must be accounted for!