Sunoco, Inc. - Girard Point
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EPA Project Manager
Mr. Hon Lee
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region III
1650 Arch Street
Mail code: 3LC30
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Phone: (215) 814-3419
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Mr. Walter Payne
Southeast Regional Office
2 East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: (484) 250-5900
Sunoco Philadelphia Refinery Prospective Purchaser Agreement to Become Effective
EPA proposed a Prospective Purchaser Agreement (PPA) for the Sunoco property located in Philadelphia, PA for Public Comment on August 24, 2012. The public comment period closed on September 24, 2012 and no comments were received. As such, the PPA will become effective as published.
RCRA Corrective Action activities at the Facility are being conducted under the direction of EPA Region 3 with assistance from the State.
In September 1989, EPA issued a RCRA Corrective Action permit to Sun Company, Inc. - Girard Point ( “Facility”). Since then, the Facility has completed the RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) Phase I Report and concluded that additional investigation and a site-specific risk assessment was warranted with regard to hazardous waste and constituents in soil. In April 1998, the Facility submitted RFI Phase II Work Plan to EPA for approval.
EPA determines that the Facility’s Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Clean Stream Law Storage Tank Groundwater Monitoring Program has satisfied and met the RCRA corrective action groundwater monitoring requirements. The PADEP’s Ground Water Monitoring Program requires the Facility to evaluate for the presence of free hydrocarbon (NAPL), determine groundwater flow patterns, remove the NAPL to the greatest extent practicable from subsurface beneath the refinery and off-site, evaluate contamination concentration trends at the Facility perimeter and determine the need for additional investigation of dissolved hazardous waste and constituents.
The RFI Phase II Work Plan was proposed to detail the interpretation of release characterization data against established health and environmental criteria. The RFI Phase II Work Plan determines whether a Corrective Measures Study (CMS) is necessary.
Based on RFI and toxicological data, lead, beryllium, benzo(a)pyrene, benzo(a)anthracene, benzo(b,j,k)flouranthene, and dibenz(a,h)anthracene are the main contaminants.
In 2000, Sunoco and Florida Power and Light negotiated the construction of a 515-megawatt gas-fired co-generation facility located between Second Street and Schuylkill River at the site (approximately 25 acres). The co-generation plant would use natural gas as a fuel source and thus would reduce overall nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions. At the same time, electric power generated by the power plant would be sold to the regional grid. In January 2001, Sunoco submitted a Site Characterization Plan for the plant construction site to PADEP. The scope of the site characterization, risk assessment and cleanup plan was consistent with the intent and requirements of Pennsylvania Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act (Act 2). In February, the Facility submitted the Notice of Intent to Remediate (NIR) to PADEP and started the 30-day Public Comment Period.
In 2003, Sunoco conducted a feasibility study and decided to put the co-gen project on hold.
In 2003, Sunoco replaced the 1993 PADEP Point Breeze Processing Area Consent Order and Agreement (CO&A) to include the Girard Point Processing Area, the West Yard, and the Schuylkill River Tank Farm.
In 2005, Sunoco was interested in the applicability of the One-Clean-UP Program to streamline the remediation program at its Philadelphia Refinery under the EPA RCRA program, the PADEP Act 2 program, and the indicated PADEP Consent Order.
In 2006, Sunoco submitted a NIR in accordance with the Act 2. The NIR was submitted with the intent to enter the Sunoco Philadelphia Refinery into the One Cleanup Program with PADEP and the USEPA. All remediation work at the Philadelphia refinery would be completed under the 2003 CO&A, however, RCRA Corrective Action measures would be addressed concurrently with the work performed under the CO&A and within the Act 2 program.
In 2007, Sunoco submitted PADEP for approval a copy of the request for “Consolidation of EPA Facility ID Numbers” for its Girard Pt, Pt Breeze and Schuylkill River Tank Farm facilities.
For further and up to date site characterization and remedial activities information, please refer to Sunoco Philadelphia Refinery PAD 002 289 700 Fact Sheet.
According to the Facility’s Community Relations Plan, the Facility will provide press releases and other information for public review and comment if requested. In addition, the Facility will issue press releases in the event of unanticipated and/or significant occurrences that warrant public notice.
There are no institutional controls at this time.
Sun Company, Inc.- Girard Point (the ‟Facility") is located approximately 5 miles southwest of the center of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Facility is located in a heavily industrialized area adjoining the Schuylkill River.
The Facility occupies approximately 350 acres along Schuylkill River. The Facility is a cracking petroleum refinery consisting of basic processes, including crude processing, fluid catalytic cracking, hydrofluoric alkylation, catalytic reforming, catalytic desulfurization, gasoline treating, sulfur recovery, aromatic extraction, thermal hydro alkylation, and benzene and cumene petrochemical operations.
There are no institutional controls at this time.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 13 pages, 25 KB, About PDF ]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater [PDF, 8 pages, 24 KB, About PDF ]
- Documents and reports regarding this facility also can be reviewed in person at these locations:
U.S. EPA Region III
Land & Chemicals Division
1650 Arch Street-11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
- Submit a FOIA Request
Get instructions on how to submit a FOIA request. Additional fee for requests over 100 pages.
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- The facility is under continued use.
- The EPA is dedicated to providing you with timely and accurate information about our work at this site. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact EPA Project Manager: Mr. Hon Lee (215) 814-3419.