Manufactured Gas Plants

Former Fresno - 1 Manufactured Gas Plant

Former Fresno manufactured gas plant in the early 1900s

PG&E is working to address environmental impacts at the site of a former manufactured gas plant (MGP) at 211 North Thorne Avenue in Fresno, California (Site). PG&E operated the former Fresno MGP from 1918 to 1929. The plant remained on standby status until 1956. The MGP infrastructure was demolished prior to 1963, at which time the northern portion of the property was sold. PG&E repurchased the parcel in 2000 to facilitate the Site investigation and remediation work. The Site is now the location of a PG&E-owned Gas Load Center. All work is being conducted voluntarily by PG&E and is being overseen by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

Based on the Site investigation findings, PG&E has prepared and submitted a draft cleanup plan which includes a feasibility study and a human health risk assessment, called a draft Remedial Action Plan (draft RAP), to DTSC. The draft RAP proposes to remove soil that contains MGP impacts from select areas of the Site and immediately adjacent to the Site, backfill the excavated areas with clean imported fill material, dispose of the excavated soil at a permitted landfill, and install a gravel cap over select areas on-site. The draft RAP was available for public review and comment from October 7 to November 5, 2013. DTSC hosted a public meeting on October 23 to provide more information on this proposed project. No comments were received during the public comment period. DTSC approved the draft RAP on December 9.

PG&E is currently preparing detailed clean-up design drawings for the City permit applications. The first phase of cleanup work is anticipated to begin in winter 2015. PG&E will continue to keep the community informed about the project through fact sheets, work notices and other outreach, as appropriate.


Additional Resources:

Site-related documents can also be found at:
Fresno County Free Library, 2420 Mariposa Street, Fresno (209-488-3195)

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