South Philadelphia neighborhood steams over loud noise from Vicinity Energy plant

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A steam leak at a power plant in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia is causing quite a noisy problem for the neighborhood.

Residents say they have faced constant deafening noise since Friday.

“It’s boring,” said Leahanne Murray, who lives across from Vicinity Energy on the 2600 block of Christian Street.

“I can’t hear. I can’t hear TV, I can’t hear anything,” she said.

The energy company says the leak is not dangerous and there are no safety concerns, which brought relief to the neighborhood.

In 2016, there was an explosion at the plant when it belonged to Veolia.

“It happens sometimes, but never three days like this,” said Harvey Romm, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years.

“A number of us tried to call over the weekend, couldn’t get through, didn’t really know what was going on,” said neighbor Jacob Kimmel.

Vicinity Energy responded to Action News. A spokesperson apologized to the neighborhood for the noise and said he will be able to work on the leak starting Tuesday at 12 p.m.

“The community can expect a significant reduction in noise once repairs begin,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

Helen Hare has lived in the neighborhood all her life. She says: “I feel like I’m used to it…but hopefully, as they say, it will be resolved in a day or two.”

Action News’ data journalism team says steam accounts for 11% of the energy used by city-owned buildings and also powers other government buildings, hospitals, universities and apartments.

The leak does not disrupt service, but it does disrupt neighbors. They want the noise to stop.

“I even got to the point where I bought cheap earplugs just to try and drown out the noise a bit,” Dayne Martinez said.

“It’s constant. So I try to tell myself it’s a rainstorm to help sleep,” Kimmel said.

Vicinity Energy released this full statement on the matter:

“Vicinity Energy has identified a steam leak on a small auxiliary line within its Grays Ferry facility. We understand that the steam leak causes disturbance in the immediate vicinity due to noise. Vicinity has a plan to fix the leak starting Tuesday, January 1. 25 to 12:00 PM ET The community can expect a significant reduction in noise once repairs begin at this time.

Although the steam leak creates noise, there are no health or safety concerns for the community or plant personnel. We apologize for any inconvenience or inconvenience to our neighbours.”

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