Manufactured gas plants
Former Salinas manufactured gas plant
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).
The final Remedial Action Plan (RAP) was approved by DTSC on June 25, 2019. PG&E anticipates work would begin in the summer of 2020 and last approximately six months. 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.
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.
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.
- DTSC RAP Approval Letter - June 25, 2019
- Remedial Action Plan - June 2019
- DTSC Community Update – January 2019
- DTSC Public Notice – January 2019
- DTSC Resources & Contact Information
Site-related documents can also be found at:
John Steinbeck Library—Reference Desk, 350 Lincoln Ave., Salinas, CA 93905, (831)758-7311.
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.