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
Following the remediation of a former waste disposal area at the Roebling Steel Co. Superfund site, residents and community members of Florence Township, New Jersey, now have access to a 37-acre park with riverfront views. The park has paved pathways for passive recreational activities and allows visitors to reconnect with the Delaware River in historic Roebling.
News Article: Former Roebling Steel dumping ground is transformed into 37-acre riverfront park
- The phased cleanup of the Calhoun Park Area site supported new development and enabled the continued operation of vital public services. Today, the site is the location of an electrical substation, several businesses, the South Carolina Aquarium, the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center and ferry terminal, and open space for community events. Learn more about local economic benefits of redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and the Benefit to Community: Calhoun Park Area Site (PDF) (12 pp, 1.8MB)
- Where improper disposal practices once threatened the health of nearby residents, the Davie Landfill Superfund site in Davie, Florida, is now a valuable recreation resource for Broward County residents and visitors. Cooperation among EPA and stakeholders facilitated the development of 272-acre Vista View Park, which in turn spurred the development of adjacent land for residential use, increasing real estate values and generating tax revenues for the community. Learn more about local economic benefits of redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and the Benefit to Community: Davie Landfill Superfund Site (PDF) (10 pp, 1.2MB)
- Once contaminated by years of industrial activity, the Liberty Industrial Finishing Superfund site in Farmingdale, New York, is no longer a source of community concern. Today, it hosts a bank and a supermarket, and provides space for expansion of a neighboring park. Learn more about local economic benefits of redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and the Benefit to Community: Liberty Industrial Finishing Superfund Site (PDF) (6 pp, 833K)
- Along Little Traverse Bay in Petoskey, Michigan, a collaborative effort among EPA, state and local agencies, and other stakeholders transformed old rail lines and manufacturing facilities at the PMC Groundwater Superfund site in Petoskey, Michigan, into a picturesque residential, commercial and recreational waterfront resource. Learn more about local economic benefits of redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and the Benefit to Community: PMC Groundwater Superfund Site (PDF) (8 pp, 1.2MB)
- A former landfill at the Lexington County Landfill Superfund site in Cayce, South Carolina, now hosts a mini-golf course, a driving range, a practice golf course, a ballpark and a recycling center. Lexington County and its partners worked with the community, site businesses, EPA and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) to ensure site businesses could remain open during cleanup and to make reuse happen. Learn more about local economic benefits of redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and the Benefit to Community: Lexington County Landfill Superfund Site (PDF) (6 pp, 784K)
- Two nearby Superfund sites in southeast Florida - the BMI-Textron and Trans Circuits, Inc. Superfund sites, are now models of environmental protection and reuse. Collaboration and cooperation among EPA, state agencies, a responsible party and site business owners resulted in the successful cleanup and continued use and reuse of both Sites. Learn more about local economic benefits of redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and the Benefit to Community: BMI-Textron and Trans Circuits, Inc. Superfund Sites (PDF) (7 pp, 509K)
- Nearly 6,000 children aged 6 years and younger in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, finally have a place to play. Mayor Rahm Emanual celebrated the December 14th ribbon-cutting for the new 22-acre park, located on the Celotex Superfund site, with area residents.
News Article: Mayor Cuts Ribbon at Little Village Park
Program Related News
- SRI has completed a regional economic report for each region. These reports tell a story about the role of Superfund in each EPA region and the beneficial effects of reusing formerly contaminated properties. These reports summarize and synthesize economic data collected for Superfund sites within an EPA region. They also summarize economic data at the state-level and highlight successes.
- On March 25, 2015, SRI will host Risk Management and Assessing Liability: Helping Communities Pursue Reuse Opportunities at Contaminated Properties-- the first webinar in SRI's 2015 Quarterly Webinar Series. Registration is free and open to the public.
- 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.
- Compelling Journeys, New Opportunities: 15 Years of Superfund Redevelopment
- Progress in Communities – Commemorating 15 Years of Superfund Redevelopment