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Peoples Gas Will Start Remediating Former Manufactured Gas Plant In Little Village Next Month

Environmental Protection Agency officials will detail the cleanup efforts during a community meeting this week.

The former manufactured gas plant at 4358 W. 35th Place is located across the former Crawford coal plant that now houses Hilco Redevelopment Partner’s warehouses for Target.
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LITTLE VILLAGE — Officials will explain this week how they plan to clean up a toxic site at the Peoples Gas Crawford Station in Little Village.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials will answer questions about the cleanup efforts at the former manufactured gas plant site during a virtual meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday. People can register here.

The Peoples Gas Crawford Station, 4358 W. 35th Place, is across from the former Crawford coal plant that now houses Hilco Redevelopment Partner’s warehouses for Target.

Peoples Gas, which owns the site, will clean up two parcels of land over the next year. As part of the process, it will remove 4-8 feet of contaminated soil, which will be disposed of off-site. Afterward, it plans to treat 16-21 feet of soil before capping the parcel with gravel, officials said in a news release.

Work will happen 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and is expected to last a year. The EPA will oversee the cleanup.

In 1921, the Koppers Company of Pittsburgh built the site and manufactured gas and coke that was sold to Peoples Gas. The gas company acquired the facility in 1928.

While in operation, the site produced gas from coal, oil and other raw material. The byproduct of gas production also resulted in waste, including tars, purifier waste, oils, sludges and acidic waste. “Disposal of waste and spills and leaks often resulted in contaminated soil and groundwater,” according to the EPA website.

Production temporarily ceased between 1958 and 1962 and shut down permanently in 1965. Peoples Gas sold upwards of 146 acres of the property to First American Realty company the following year, according to the EPA.

Since 2012, Peoples Gas has cleaned up parcels of land at the Crawford Station under the EPA’s supervision. The EPA and the company are investigating to determine the extent of the contamination.

The site is bound by the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to the south, the Chicago and Illinois Western Railroad to the north, the Chicago and Western Indiana Belt Line Railroad to the west and Pulaski Road to the east.

The property is divided into 21 parcels with various owners, according to the EPA. 

Zoom attendees will be required to provide meeting ID and passcode information. The ID is 984 9676 2693 and the passcode is 126962.

Credit: Environmental Protection Agency
Peoples Gas, which owns the site, will clean up two parcels of land over the next year.

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