The Environmental Protection Agency has launched a pilot program in South Philly that helps residents find out toxic chemicals are being released into the air by refineries, says Newsworks.
Turns out that the nose knows: the worst offender in 2012 was the stinky Philadelphia Energy Systems refinery at 32nd Street and Passyunk Avenue, which spewed 762,390 pounds of chemicals, according to a fact sheet prepared by the agency. For comparison, the often-suspected Sunoco refinery spouted only 28 pounds.
Hmm, seems a bit alarming, right? The Newsworks story didn’t address whether this was supposed to be concerning.
So, EPA, you’ve reached out, but what are we supposed to do with this information?
And no, the report only goes up to 2012, so the definitive source of that sporadic cat urine smell, which the city blamed on New Jersey, still hasn’t been confirmed.