PG&E begins removing soil from former power plant

This is PG&E's former power plant along Coffee Road. The property has been demolished since this photo was taken, but soil remediation work remains.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced this week it has begun removing soil as part of an environmental remediation project at its former Kern Power Plant along Coffee Road south of Rosedale Highway.

Starting at the site’s northeast tip, PG&E said the job entails excavating and removing about 3,575 cubic yards of soil during the next six weeks or so. Toward the end of the operation, the work is expected to involve as many 25 trucks coming and going per day.

The power plant began commercial operation in 1948 and closed in 1985. When it was running, the plant used

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