FAQs

Q. What is a Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP)?
A. During the 1800s, in many towns and cities across the United States, manufactured gas was produced from materials such as coal and oil. The fuel produced at a MGP was used to light homes, businesses and street lamps. Prior to World War II, more than 5,000 such plants existed throughout the country, particularly in cities and towns in the Midwest and East. When the interstate pipeline introduced natural gas to the area in the 1950s, MGP’s rapidly disappeared.

Q. Where is the site located?
A. The Site is located at the intersection of North Franklin Boulevard and Old Turnpike , Pleasantville, Atlantic County, NJ.

Q. How was the MGP site affected?
A. The operations of the Pleasantville former MGP left by-products at the site. The site is being cleaned up under today’s environmental standards.

Q. How is South Jersey Gas responsible?
A. South Jersey Gas assumed environmental liabilities associated with the site when we acquired the Atlantic City Gas Company in 1951.

Q. What work has been completed to date?
A. SJG has investigated the site for the presence of byproducts from the MGP process. All activities are completed in accordance with the NJDEP Technical Requirements for Site Remediation and under the oversight of the site’s Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP). Impacts to soil and groundwater were identified as part of the findings of the investigation.
An interim remedial measure (IRM) was completed in May 2016 on Block 132 Lot 11 that included the excavation of MGP impacted material on the Ole Hansen property.
An additional IRM was completed in May 2017 on Block 103, Lot 27 that included the excavation of MGP impacted material. , two buildings were demolished on Block 131, Lots 1 and 2.. A Remedial Action Work Plan has been submitted to the NJDEP In preparation for the proposed environmental remediation

Q. Is drinking water affected?
A. No. The City of Pleasantville public water supply is not affected.

Q. Will local roads be closed temporarily while the project work is performed?
A. Yes. In order to complete the necessary remediation activities, portions of North Franklin Boulevard. and Franklin Avenue will at times need to be closed to traffic, as a matter of safety. Refer to the Road Closure and Detour Information page of this website for specific closures and schedule.

Q. Will there be any odors caused by this remediation work?
A. Soils containing MGP-related materials sometimes have an odor similar to that of roofing tar or road paving. The perimeter air monitoring stations are in place to ensure the strictest ambient air quality standards are maintained. To minimize potential odors, SJG will use odor suppressant foams as needed, and cover stockpiles with plastic sheeting and sand bags.

Q. What are the plans for this site’s restoration?
A. Following completion of the work, the area of excavation will be restored with clean fill, compacted and graded, and covered with stone. All sidewalks, public walkways and curbing will be replaced in accordance with City of Pleasantville and Atlantic County requirements. The intersection of North Franklin Boulevard and Old Turnpike will be realigned to increase vehicular line of site and the storm water collection system will be upgraded. Additionally, the South Jersey Gas Service Center will be modified to include customer parking spaces as well a ramp, in compliance with the American Disabilities Act.

Q. What noise should I expect?
A. The work will result in noise typical to a construction site. Work hours will be set in accordance with the Pleasantville local ordinances.

Q. Will South Jersey Gas continue to perform monitoring of and report its groundwater data to the NJDEP?
A. Yes. South Jersey Gas has a series of groundwater monitoring wells that it will continue to sample quarterly. Once results from the groundwater analysis verify the system is protecting the surrounding groundwater as intended, sample frequency will likely be reduced to annually.

Q. How will you control water onsite?
A. We will control any surface water from rain events. Dewatering of groundwater is necessary to complete the excavation that will extend up to 18 feet below ground surface. All water generated during excavation will be treated in an on-site wastewater treatment system and discharged under permit to the City’s stormwater system.

Q. What are the contaminants of concern?
A. Contamination associated with historic MGP operations was detected in both saturated and unsaturated soils. The contaminants of concern that were detected include the volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), and select inorganic constituents (IOCs):
VOCs – benzene, ethylbenzene, styrene, and xylenes
SVOCs – benzo(a)anthracene, benzo(a)pyrene, benzo(b)fluoranthene, benzo(k)fluoranthene, chrysene, dibenzo(a,h)anthracene, fluoranthene, fluorene, indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene, 2-methylnaphthalene, and naphthalene
IOCs: aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, cyanide, lead, manganese, and mercury
The contaminants of concern were detected in concentrations above the NJDEP soil cleanup criteria

Q. How can I stay informed about the project?
A. We will email weekly updates upon request. These updates also will be posted on this website. We encourage you to contact us directly with any questions or concerns. You can call us at (609) 833-2810 or email us at comments@pleasantvillemgp.com.