Communities reuse Superfund sites in many ways – new parks, shopping centers, athletic fields, wildlife sanctuaries, manufacturing facilities, residences, and new roads and infrastructure centers, are just a few examples. EPA can work with communities throughout the cleanup process to make sure future users at these sites will be safe.
Many reuse outcomes can play a role in economically revitalizing a community, by providing on-site jobs and providing economic opportunities. EPA looks at many types of economic impacts at Superfund sites including:
- Number of on-site jobs.
- Annual employment income from on-site jobs.
- On-site property value information.
- Local property tax revenues.
- Other economic impacts that are unique to specific sites.
EPA captures these economic benefits at Superfund sites in four ways:
- SRI tracks general estimates on the numbers of on-site jobs, income from jobs and sales revenue data for a number of sites in retail, commercial or industrial reuse to give a general overview of the national impacts associated with Superfund redevelopment.
- SRI compiles regional economic impact reports to track the economic effects and benefits to the community at a region-wide scale.
- SRI writes local impact case studies that allow for a site-specific approach to gathering more complete information related to reuse, employment and other economic impacts.
- Some communities provide EPA with economic information during the development of in-depth case studies, which is highlighted in the reports.