PG&E has completed the voluntary cleanup of a former manufactured gas plant (MGP) at 618 Main Street in downtown Watsonville. The six-month remediation work involved the removal of impacted shallow soil followed by full site restoration and landscaping to allow the continued operation of an on-site business. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has certified that the appropriate remedial actions have been completed.
The former Watsonville-1 manufactured gas plant operated from 1871 to 1905. From 1905 to 1931, the site was used for a variety of commercial purposes including an auto dealership and repair shop. In 1931, the Coast Counties Gas and Electric Company (CCGE) opened a customer service center at the site. PG&E acquired CCGE in 1954 and continued to use the site as a customer service center until 1989 when it was leased for commercial purposes.
PG&E sold the property in 2001 and today the site contains a restaurant and a parking lot.
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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.