Former Fresno - 1 Manufactured Gas Plant

Overview: PG&E is working to clean up environmental impacts related to a former manufactured gas plant (MGP) site at 211 North Thorne Avenue in Fresno (site). PG&E’s work is overseen by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), City of Fresno and San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.


Former Fresno manufactured gas plant in the early 1900s


PG&E has completed the remediation activities in the northern portion of the property and demolished two buildings. PG&E is now remediating the remaining on-site areas and the adjacent public right-of-way (ROW) along North Thorne Avenue and West Voorman Avenue. This ROW work includes excavation and off-site disposal of impacted soil. PG&E anticipates cleanup work will be completed in 2017.


History: The former MGP operated from 1918 to 1929 providing a constant source of energy for the community’s lighting, heating and cooking needs. Some byproducts of the gas making process were left buried on-site as the plant was dismantled—a common practice before environmental regulations. PG&E is remediating the property and applying today’s standards.

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