Manufactured Gas Plants: Yesterday's Pride, Today's Liability

by Allen Hathaway, P.E., (F.ASCE), Prof. of Geological Engrg., Mgr. Ofc. of Coal Tar Site Remediation; Univ. of Missouri, Rolla, Missouri,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 11, Pg. 38-41

Document Type: Feature article


Manufactured gas plants were the pride of the industrialized world until cleaner, natural gas pipelines were built beginning in the 1930s. Most gas plants had closed by the 1960s, leaving environmental pollution problems behind. While a number of remedial technologies have been developed to clean up the sites, more accurate environmental assessments need to be done to characterize the contaminants and develop appropriate cleanup strategies. With more than 45,000 former gas plant sites in the U.S., many property owners face expensive cleanup projects.

Subject Headings: Natural gas | Industrial facilities | Liability

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