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Report calls for ‘cleaner, safer’ future for refinery site

November 26, 2019 GMT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A city report calls for a “cleaner, safer, and healthier” future for the site of a closed Philadelphia oil refinery but says the near-term future of the site will be determined by the ongoing federal bankruptcy process.

The report by the mayor’s Refinery Advisory Group, which held public hearings last summer, calls for uses that protect public safety and health but that also provide “significant long-term economic benefit.”

It says, however, that the 1,300-plus-acre site is large enough to support multiple uses, which should include “as many economically, socially, and environmentally positive activities as possible.”

Federal investigators said last month that failure of an aging elbow pipe appears to have led to the June 21 fire at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions plant, which closed, laying off almost 1,000 workers.