Former Salinas manufactured gas plant

Overview


PG&E is working under the oversight of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to remediate environmental impacts from a manufactured gas plant (MGP) formerly located at 2 and 4 Bridge Street in Salinas, California (site).


Beginning January 18 through February 19, 2019, DTSC will make PG&E’s plan to clean up the site, called draft Remedial Action Plan (RAP), available for public comment. PG&E plans to treat heavily impacted soil in certain areas by mixing soil with binding agents (such as cement) to immobilize contaminants. An asphalt, concrete or gravel protective cover would also be installed over the site. This approach meets today’s regulatory requirements for long-term protection of human health and the environment.


DTSC will consider and respond to all comments prior to making a final decision on the draft RAP. If DTSC approves the plan, PG&E anticipates work would begin no earlier than 2020 and take place over the course of six months.


PG&E will work closely with the City of Salinas to help ensure the property is cleaned up to support future land use plans for the area. We will keep the public informed with fact sheets, work notices and other outreach.

Former Salinas MGP in 1929


History


The former MGP operated from 1873 to 1929 providing a constant source of energy for the lighting, heating and cooking needs of the area. 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 will clean up the property applying today’s standards.


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Site-related documents can also be found at:
Cesar Chavez Library, 615 Williams Road, Salinas, CA 93905, (831)758-7345.