Superfund Redevelopment Initiative
15 Years of Superfund Redevelopment
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, marks 15 years since former EPA Administrator Carol Browner announced the creation of a new initiative to restore Superfund sites to productive use. EPA announced the formation of the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative at the Avtex Fibers Superfund site in Front Royal, Virginia. The Avtex site continues to showcase how the local Economic Development Authority, responsible parties for cleanup and the community can work with EPA to return Superfund sites to beneficial use. Today, Avtex is one of over 800 Superfund sites across the nation supporting continued use, active reuse or planned reuse activities. On this fifteenth anniversary, SRI remains committed to working with communities to support the appropriate and beneficial return to use of all Superfund sites.
Highlighting Superfund Reuse Success
Site Reuse Spotlight:
Redevelopment of Plainwell Paper portion of the Allied paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo Superfund Site (PDF) (1 pg, 735K, About PDF) A successful public-private partnership has resulted in the historic preservation, adaptive reuse and mixed-use redevelopment of the Plainwell Paper portion of the Allied paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo Superfund site in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Superfund Site Reuse Snapshot of the Month: Vertac, Inc.
Superfund Redevelopment in the News
- Collaboration and cooperation among EPA and site stakeholders at the South Point Plant Superfund site in South Point, Ohio led to the site’s successful cleanup and redevelopment. Today, 21 commercial, industrial and local government facilities are open for business at the site, serving as an economic engine for surrounding communities and the tri-state region. Learn more about local economic benefits of redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and the Benefit to Community: South Point Plant Superfund Site (PDF) (7 pp, 1.1 MB).
- EPA Region 3 recognized the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, and Executive Director Dan Kunkle, with the Excellence in Site Reuse Award on September 26, 2014. The award recognizes the group who have played a critical role in the redevelopment of a large portion of the Palmerton Zinc Superfund site into a wildlife preserve and habitat that promote conservation, education and research.
News Article: Superfund to super nature: EPA honors Lehigh Gap Center for transformation to green site
On September 20, 2014, EPA recognized FMC Corporation, Warren County and the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Association with the EPA Region 3 Excellence in Site Reuse Award for their revitalization efforts at the Avtex Fibers Superfund site in Front Royal, Virginia. A day-long event celebrated the return to use of this property with members of the community, including former Avtex Fibers employees and several local, state and federal government dignitaries.
News Article: Community, state leaders celebrate Avtex site's return
The City of New Bedford, Massachusetts, aims to source 60 percent of its electricity needs through solar power. On September 19, 2014, developer SunEdison Inc. announced the completion of the second of three solar arrays for the City. The developer constructed the newest 1.8 megawatt solar array on about 10 acres of land at the Sullivan’s Ledge Superfund site.
News Article: SunEdison Announces Completion of 1.8 Megawatt Solar Electric System on Superfund Site
- On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks presented the Leading Environmentalism and Forwarding Sustainability (L.E.A.F.S.) award to Walmart and to the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association for the reuse of the Kansas City Structural Steel Site. This former industrial site is now a Walmart Neighborhood Market, bringing new jobs and opportunity to the community.
Program Related News
- EPA released The Revitalization Handbook - Revitalizing Contaminated Lands: Addressing Liability Concerns in June 2014. This Handbook summarizes federal and EPA policy regarding potential liability of parties involved in the cleanup and reuse of Superfund sites. It also provides a basic description of the tools that may be available to address liability concerns associated with several environmental statutes.
- The Pilot Framework for Integrating Community Health and Wellness into the Superfund Reuse Assessment Process (PDF) (46 pp, 13.0MB) summarizes a pilot framework for integrating health, prevention and wellness considerations during the Superfund reuse assessment process. This integration may facilitate identification of possible reasonably anticipated future land uses (RAFLUs). Establishing these RAFLUs can then help identify opportunities to supplement and expand existing health assets for neighborhoods impacted by Superfund sites, and over time contribute to improved physical, mental and social well-being for these communities.
- On September 10, 2014, SRI hosted Capped Superfund Site Reuse: In-Depth Case Studies – the fourth webinar in SRI's 2014 Quarterly Webinar Series. The archived webinar is available online.
- Compelling Journeys, New Opportunities: 15 Years of Superfund Redevelopment
- Progress in Communities – Commemorating 15 Years of Superfund Redevelopment