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Refinery Advisory Group

Refinery FAQs

Incident basics and investigation

What caused the explosions and fire at the PES refinery on June 21, 2019?

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When will the investigations be complete?

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Who is responsible for the investigations and the ongoing emergency response?

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Is the incident under control? What does “under control” mean in this case?

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Resident safety

Are residents safe while the refinery is shutting down?

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If the refinery is “shut down,” why do I still see activity there and some vapors coming from smokestacks?

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What’s the purpose of the HF (hydrofluoric acid) neutralization process?

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Future of the site

Why isn’t the City stepping in to dictate the future of the refinery site?

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What will PES do with the site? Sell to a new refinery operator? Redevelop the site for something else?

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Refinery Advisory Group

What is the mission of the Refinery Advisory Group?

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Who are the members of the Refinery Advisory Group?

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How was the public involved in this process?

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What will the City do with the feedback?

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What’s the purpose of the report?

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Additional FAQ

Who becomes responsible for cleanup and remediation after the refinery is sold?

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What research is available on the impact of refinery operations on resident health? What does it say?

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Have there been any lawsuits filed against the refinery regarding health impacts of the refinery?

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Would the City consider rezoning the site?

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Is there any scenario where the City would take the property by eminent domain?

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