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Breathing New Life Into Fourteen Communities

Release date: January 10, 2008

Contact Information: Contact Information: Melissa Friedland, OSWER/OSRTI   Friedland.melissa@epa.gov 703-603-8864

(Washington, D.C. - January 10, 2008) Residents of a Utah neighborhood will soon be able to play with their dogs in a new dog park. In New Hampshire, members of a local aeromodeling club are about to enjoy a new field for flying model airplanes. And a city in South Carolina is transforming an aging industrial district into a new mixed-use development that will create a stunning gateway to the city's downtown.

These developments may not sound so unusual. But the above communities share an unusual common history: they are all home to cleaned up Superfund sites. These three sites, and 11 others like them, are getting federal assistance aimed at returning previously contaminated properties to productive use through the Return to Use Initiative.

Continuing a program that began in 2004, EPA uses the Return to Use Initiative to address cleaned up Superfund sites that have remained vacant due to real or perceived barriers to their reuse. By tackling liability issues and providing accurate information about uses that the sites can safely support, RTU facilitates the revitalization of these formerly blighted properties. Stakeholders hope that efforts made at these "demonstration projects" will result in increased property values, a higher tax base, and new jobs and amenities for residents of impacted communities.

The 14 new demonstration projects are located in Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington.

The Return to Use Initiative is a specific Agency effort developed as part of the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative. EPA launched the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative in 1999 to help communities return some of the nation's worst hazardous waste sites to safe and productive uses. EPA works with property owners and federal, state, and local partners to promote the reuse of sites as green space, or for recreational or commercial facilities, without posing risks to human health or the environment.

More information on EPA's Superfund Return to Use Initiative and the demonstration projects:

More information on EPA's Superfund Redevelopment Initiative:

The 14 sites include:

Pepper Steel & Alloys, Inc., Medley, FL

Parsons Casket Hardware Co., Belvidere, IL

Red Oak City Landfill, Red Oak, IA
White Farm Equipment Co. Dump, Charles City, IA

Eastland Woolen Mill, Corinna, ME

Rockwell International Corp., Allegan, MI

FMC Corporation, Fridley, MN (now known as River Road Industrial Center)

Carson River Mercury, Carson City, NV

New Hampshire
Auburn Road Landfill, Londonderry, NH

South Carolina
Macalloy Corporation, North Charleston, SC

Rose Park Sludge Pit, Salt Lake City, UT
Kennecott Mining, Salt Lake Valley, UT

Midway Landfill, Kent, WA
Seattle Municipal Landfill, Kent, WA