Revitalization, in the broadest sense, means to impart new life, energy, or activity to something.
The EPA is committed to restoring land and other natural resources into sustainable community assets that maximize beneficial economic, ecological and social uses and ensure protection of human health and the environment. The revitalization initiative seeks to resolve barriers to reuse and promote the reuse of sites that are being or have been cleaned up. EPA works to reuse and redevelop various contaminated sites, including Brownfield properties, Superfund sites, RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) sites, Underground Storage Tank (UST) sites, and more.
Region 8 Cleanup Programs
The following links summarize the types of contaminated sites you will encounter when redeveloping a potentially contaminated or formerly contaminated site or property. To learn more about each cleanup program, click on one of the types of contaminated sites below.
Brownfield sites are real properties, the expansion, development, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
Past and present activities at RCRA facilities have sometimes resulted in releases of hazardous waste and hazardous constituents into soil, ground water, surface water, sediments, and air; requiring the investigation and cleanup, or remediation, of these hazardous releases.
Superfund sites are uncontrolled or abandoned sites or properties where hazardous waste or other contamination is located, possibly affecting local ecosystems or people. Superfund sites can include properties on the National Priorities List, as well as removal action sites.
Underground Storage Tanks
Underground storage tank sites are sites that contain contamination from petroleum products or CERCLA hazardous substances that were released from underground storage tanks.