Contamination from Philadelphia refinery that exploded could pollute New Jersey groundwater. Here’s how.

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FRANK KUMMER / PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER – The Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery operations, part of which exploded and burned June 21 in South Philadelphia, has for decades sat atop plumes of underground water lurking beneath the sprawling 1,400-acre site and beyond.

Although the groundwater is contaminated, it is not viewed as a direct threat to the city’s drinking-water supply. Philadelphia pulls its drinking water from the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, upstream from the refinery. And no one can withdraw groundwater without city approval …

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