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News - January 17, 2014

Liquid-gas machinery plant could create 900 East Palo Alto jobs

Former site of hazardous-materials company could be transformed into a 'clean' business

by Sue Dremann

A proposed facility to manufacture machines that make liquid natural gas could break ground in East Palo Alto within a year. And the plant could eventually provide an estimated 900 or more jobs to local residents, according to the company, American Gas & Technology. The plant is proposed for the 17.2-acre former Romic Environmental Technologies property at 2081 Bay Road, American Gas CEO Ray Tate told the Weekly.

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Posted by Billie, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 17, 2014 at 9:25 am

The old Romic site is a lot of acres - 15 or 20? A lot for around here.

It seems that this has gone thru the East P.A. city process without any press or much known by the public. Or public discussion. How did this happen?

Is there not mandatory CEQA review of such a huge project? Property is at the end of Bay Rd near the Bay. Is this use OK given is proximity to marsh area?

Is Romic not the responsible to pay for the clean-up its superfund site, not a later purchaser of the property?

Posted by Guy Pierce, a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 17, 2014 at 11:45 am

It's ironic that a company named Romic Environmental Technologies would produce such a toxic site.

Posted by mutti, a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 17, 2014 at 11:55 am

This is great news for EPA. The Ravenswood School district has used natural gas to power its buses for years, and EPA police and private citizens use the district pumps to refuel. More jobs, clean fuel that gives more miles/tank. What more can we ask?

Posted by Wondering, a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 18, 2014 at 10:58 am

This sounds really good, but I have two questions. After the manufacturing, will any of the gas be made and stored at this site? And if so, how dangerous is that???

Posted by Dick McEwen, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jan 18, 2014 at 11:36 am

Liquified natural gas: a lot of highly combustible fuel must be safely contained.

Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 20, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Is this facility is going to have large quantities of LNG on it? People might want to do a search for LNG on You-Tube and look at some of the large explosions that have resulted and surfaced on security camera footage. It's a little scary.

... But the article does say they will manufacture machines that make liquid natural gas ... maybe pumps or coolers? That sounds relatively safe ... probably safer than the metals recycling plant in RWC.