Manufactured gas plants
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.
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.
There is no indication that PG&E's former MGP sites pose any health concerns to the public, based on our testing, experience, and extensive review of medical literature.