Former Salinas manufactured gas plant

Overview: PG&E is working to clean up environmental impacts from a manufactured gas plant (MGP) formerly located at 2 and 4 Bridge Street in Salinas, California. PG&E will submit a revised draft remediation plan to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), which oversees the project. The plan proposes on-site treatment of heavily impacted soil in certain areas and capping the remaining areas. This will provide for the long-term protection of public health and the environment while minimizing impacts to the community.


DTSC will invite the public to review and comment on the draft cleanup plan in 2018. DTSC will respond to all comments prior to approving or denying the plan. PG&E anticipates cleanup work to begin in mid-2019 and last about 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, Sherwood School, 110 S. Wood Street, Salinas, CA 93905, (831) 809-8050.