Gas plant cleanup progressing

A portion of Mendota creek on Fifth Street will be worked on this summer as part of the manufactured gas plant cleanup at Ninth Avenue and Fifth Street.

MENDOTA – Bernie Anderson, regional manager, Community Affairs, with Nicor Gas, has given an update on the progress of the environmental cleanup activities at the Mendota former manufactured gas plant (MGP) located at 501 Ninth Ave.

The work is being conducted with oversight by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency through its Site Remediation Program. The goal of the cleanup project is to bring the property up to current environmental standards.

“We continue to work in close coordination with the Black Bros. Co. and the city of Mendota as we plan for the final phase of the project, which occurs on city property,” stated Anderson.

Anderson reported that excavation inside of the temporary fabric enclosure was completed successfully and it has been removed. Later this year, the parking lot at Black Bros. Co. property will be repaved and the property restored.

Anderson said the project is on schedule for completion by year-end. Remaining work will occur on:

  • A small section of Ninth Avenue is planned for early summer. A portion of the road will be closed for a short period of time during this work. Detour signs will be posted ahead of the closure.
  • A portion of Mendota creek on Fifth Street is planned for mid-summer.

Comprehensive plans and processes remain in place to address the implications of COVID-19. According to Anderson, contractors on-site practice social distancing when interacting with the public and also wear personal protective equipment as necessary and appropriate.

“We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we work to complete the cleanup,” added Anderson.

For more information about the project, go online to www.mendotasite.info or at the information repository set up at the Graves-Hume Public Library. The project team can be contacted directly by email at [email protected] or by calling (309) 261-4155.

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