A tongue-tripping compendium of chemicals has contaminated every section of the sprawling 1,400-acre refinery during operations that stretched back more than a century, according to a review of documents filed for a site cleanup plan.
The refinery in South Philadelphia was broken down into 11 areas of interest for cleanup plans by Sunoco and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The following is a summary of the contamination.
Pennsylvania and other states sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a new rule they say guts "safeguards that prevent or limit harm” from accidents similar to an explosion and fire at a South Philly refinery last year.
Regions of the world world suitable for growing the most common wine grapes could shrink more than half, according to a new study. Although the study did not look specifically at Pennsylvania or New Jersey, it suggests both would be impacted severely. But there are steps growers can take.
Researchers at Penn State says the state's spotted lanternfly infestation could drain $324 million from the economy and 2,800 jobs because of the fecund pests' voracious hunger for trees and valuable crops.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is set to sign sweeping legislation Friday that environmental groups say could propel the state into national leadership on electric vehicle sales, with a new $5,000 rebate, combined with an existing sales tax exemption, expected to entice consumers in a big way.
The Army Corps of Engineers is looking at how the dam could manage water flows to control the point at which salt creeps up the Delaware River. Keeping that salt line in place is vital to protecting Philadelphia’s drinking water.