Traces of Potrero Power Plant to vanish by 2015 

All traces of the Potrero Power Plant could disappear within five years.

The 45 year-old Mirant Corp.-owned waterfront power plant, which is at the edge of the Potrero Hill and Dogpatch neighborhoods, is expected to shutter this year.

Former owner Pacific Gas and Electric Corp. plans to complete an environmental cleanup of the site in 2014, Environmental Remediation Manager Darrell Klingman told the Port of San Francisco in a letter.

The target cleanup date is contingent upon regulatory approval of cleanup activities and cessation of operations at natural gas-fired power plant that currently occupies the land, Klingman said in the letter.

“PG&E remains committed to expedite the remediation process,” Klingman wrote.

The site has been used for power purposes since the 1870s.

A manufactured gas plant, which produced gas for cooking, heating and light out of coal or petroleum until 1930, infested the shoreline and nearby Pier 70 area with chemicals including polycyclic hydrocarbons, according to the letter.

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