Local Economic Impacts of Site Redevelopment
The U.S. EPA's Superfund Program has overseen the cleanup of over a thousand contaminated properties across the country. While the Agency's primary objective is the protection of human health and the environment, cleaning up properties has, in many cases, provided a catalyst for reuse. The productive reuse of formerly contaminated properties can have significant positive economic, environmental, and social impacts on local communities.
In the spring of 2003, the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative (SRI) commissioned a study to gather data on the reuse of properties cleaned up with assistance from or under the regulatory oversight of the Superfund Program. This study reviewed the local economic impacts of site reuse made possible by remediation. The study looked at 13 Superfund properties. The study's findings demonstrate the wide range of reuses that occur on these properties following cleanup as well as the significant value these reuses provide the local community.
The results of this study are reported in the 13 site reuse fact sheets. The fact sheets describe the significant local economic impacts that cleanup and reuse of Superfund properties can have on communities. The commercial activities on the redeveloped properties reflect thousands of on-site jobs and millions of dollars in income from on-site jobs.
This study demonstrates that once cleanups are performed as a result of Superfund authority, economic redevelopment and revitalization can take root where it may not otherwise have been possible. The properties included in this study are a small sample, representative of the land that has been cleaned up and revitalized as a result of Superfund Program activities.
The 13 fact sheets and the supporting calculations for each can be viewed using the links below. Additionally, a detailed overview of the general methodology used to ascertain jobs, income, and tax data can be accessed using the Methodology link below.
There may be differences between the data provided in these fact sheets and that located elsewhere on the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative website. Figures provided here are a product of the methodology employed in this study and reflect the situation at these sites at a particular moment in time. Other studies on the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative website may have employed different methodologies at different points in time.
Methodology (PDF) (4 pp, 39K)
Fact Sheets (developed in 2003)
- Cabot Carbon - Gainesville, FL (PDF) (1 pg, 42K) | Supporting Calculations (PDF) (19 pp, 119K)
- Chisman Creek - York County, VA (PDF) (1 pg, 154K) | Supporting Calculations (PDF) (9 pp, 65K)
- Commencement Bay - Tacoma, WA (PDF) (1 pg, 65K) | Supporting Calculations (PDF) (15 pp, 67K)
- Commodore Semiconductor - Norristown, PA (PDF) (1 pg, 34K) | Supporting Calculations (PDF) (5 pp, 34K)
- Denver Radium - Denver, CO (PDF) (1 pg, 40K) | Supporting Calculations (PDF) (3 pp, 34K)
- DuPage County Landfill - Warrenville, IL (PDF) (1 pg, 54K) | Supporting Calculations (PDF) (24 pp, 259K)
- Fairchild Semiconductor - Mountain View, CA (PDF) (1 pg, 61K) | Supporting Calculations (PDF) (21 pp, 682K)
- Industri-Plex - Woburn, MA (PDF) (1 pg, 94K) | Supporting Calculations (PDF) (26 pp, 140K)
- Kane and Lombard - Baltimore, MD (PDF) (1 pg, 64K) | Supporting Calculations (PDF) (12 pp, 62K)
- Murray Smelter - Murray City, UT (PDF) (1 pg, 75K) | Supporting Calculations (PDF) (18 pp, 188K)
- Prestolite Battery - Vincennes, IN (PDF) (1 pg, 35K) | Supporting Calculations (PDF) (2 pp, 23K)
- Publicker Industries - Philadelphia, PA (PDF) (2 pp, 63K) | Supporting Calculations (PDF) (8 pp, 374K)
- Rocky Mountain Arsenal - Commerce City, CO (PDF) (1 pg, 249K) | Supporting Calculations (PDF) (223 pp, 851K)