PG&E planning pollution tests along northern waterfront 

Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. began notifying neighbors of long-ago toppled manufactured gas plants that they will begin inspecting land for pollution.

The manufactured gas plants converted coal and oil into gas that powered residences, street lamps and businesses in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

PG&E is preparing to test for pollution this summer that could have been left behind by three of the former plants near The City’s northern waterfront.

Land that will be inspected for pollution lies beneath the site of two former plants in the Marina neighborhood and one near Fisherman’s Wharf.

PG&E plans to ask roughly 200 property owners for permission to inspect their properties, according to spokesman Matt Nauman.

Subsequent cleanup efforts could involve the excavation of soil and other measures.

“In the 1980s, the sites were tested for leftover materials resulting from these old plants,” PG&E wrote in a Feb. 13 letter to some northern waterfront residents. “The results were shared with state and federal environmental protection agencies and those agencies didn’t find any health concerns.”

PG&E scheduled open houses at Fort Mason Center from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on March 3 and March 9 and from Noon to 2:30 p.m. on March 6.

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