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Photo - Vertac Recycling Center

The new recycling center at the Vertac Inc. Superfund site in Jacksonville, Arkansas, serves 10,000 residents. In total, 1.5 million pounds of materials are recycled each year, saving the city an estimated $50,000 annually.

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Donald Rigger, Chief of the Superfund Remedial and Site Evaluation Branch in EPA Region 4, presents the Excellence in Site Reuse Award to HVO President George Marshall, shown at right.

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Newsroom Archive

2014

  • Digging out from a century of mining-related contamination, Butte, Montana, has created a more sustainable future built on the community’s energy and a diversified economy. Local governments worked closely with EPA and the State of Montana on the cleanup. Today, mixed-use redevelopment – new housing, business areas, a community park – is flourishing. Learn more in the case study Building on Mining History: Cleanup, Reuse and Community Resilience at the Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area Superfund Site in Butte, Montana (PDF) (17 pp, 6.0MB).
  • A new park in Libby, Montana, represents a remarkable milestone for the community. Many residents and workers were exposed to asbestos contamination from a nearby mine. Following an innovative cleanup that integrated remedy and reuse, Riverfront Park honors their memory and provides shared public space to celebrate the community’s future. Learn more in the case study Out of the Dust: Recreational Reuse After Vermiculite Mining at the Libby Asbestos Superfund Site in Libby, Montana (PDF) (18 pp, 2.5MB).
  • Cleanup of the 38-acre Waste Disposal, Inc. (WDI) Superfund site in Santa Fe Springs, California allowed for the continued operation of diverse commercial and light industrial facilities on the site. Today, the site supports manufacturing facilities, an equipment rental company, vehicle maintenance facilities, construction firms and a sound recording studio. Learn more about local economic impacts of redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and the Benefit to Community: Waste Disposal, Inc. Superfund Site (PDF) (6 pp, 752K).
  • The reuse and continued use of the Peterson/Puritan, Inc. Superfund site in the towns of Cumberland and Lincoln, Rhode Island shows how integrating remediation and redevelopment can create a wide range of opportunities for communities. Today, the site supports fifty commercial and industrial businesses and the Town of Cumberland’s Animal Control Department. The Blackstone River State Park and National Heritage Corridor are also located on site. Learn more about local economic impacts of redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and the Benefit to Community: Peterson/Puritan, Inc. Superfund Site (PDF) (10 pp, 1.3MB).
  • The Reuse Framework for the Picayune Wood Treating Superfund Site (PDF) (8 pp, 6.1MB) in Picayune, Mississippi, is now available online. The project included developing reuse goals, remedial considerations, a future use concept plan, a pilot Superfund environmental education curriculum for an adjacent school, and next steps for implementation.
  • On June 17, 2014, EPA Region 6 Superfund Division Director Carl Edlund presented the Greenovations Award for innovative site reuse at the Pantex Plant (USDOE) Superfund site outside of Amarillo, Texas. EPA and partners also dedicated the Pantex Renewable Energy Project, a wind farm that will generate 11.5 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, providing 60% of the power demands for the Pantex Plant. News Article: Pantex Officials are Looking Forward to Big Savings this Farm will bring to the Plant Exit Disclaimer
  • On May 29, 2014, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton joined site stakeholders in breaking ground on the new Northern Stacks industrial project at the Naval Industrial Reserve Ordnance Plant (NIROP) Superfund site in Fridley, Minnesota. The development is anticipated to bring 3,000 new jobs to the area. Exit Disclaimer
  • An innovative partnership is leading to the recycling of creosote extracted from a Superfund site in Louisiana. Instead of sending creosote recovered from EPA's ground water treatment system for off-site incineration, an international wood treating chemical manufacturer and distributor will now reuse the creosote as part of their commercial creosote operations. Learn more about this innovative effort and related benefits in the report Finding a Market for Recovered Creosote: Green Remediation at the American Creosote Works, Inc. (Winnfield Plant) Superfund Site in Northern Louisiana (PDF) (10 pp, 900K).
  • On April 23, 2014, EPA recognized the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ) with awards for Excellence in State Engagement Supporting Reuse. EPA presented the awards at the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia. These three states are the first ever to be recognized with this new EPA award.
  • On April 29, 2014, SRI hosted Superfund and Renewable Energy: Promising Futures for Sites with a Contaminated Past -- the second webinar in SRI's 2014 Quarterly Webinar Series. The archived webinar is available online.
  • Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch, one of the critical partners in returning the Chemical Commodities Inc. Superfund site to reuse, has been recognized by the Natural Resources Defense Council's Growing Green Pollinator Protector Award. 
    News Article: Bring Back the Monarchs! Exit Disclaimer
  • The new video California Gulch: Revitalizing the Future of a Mining Mega Site shares how phased site cleanup is allowing for beneficial reuse. Site reuse includes a state-of-the-art public sports complex, the Mineral Belt Trail, residential and commercial uses, and more.
  • On May 14, 2014, EPA Region 4 awarded three companies -- PotashCorp, The Williams Company and BASF Corporation -- with the "Excellence in Site Reuse" award for ecological revitalization work at the Landia Chemical Co. site in Lakeland, Florida.
    News Article: Three Companies Honored For Cleanup of Former Landia Chemical Site in West Lakeland Exit Disclaimer
  • On May 2, 2014, EPA Region 6 Superfund Division Director Carl Edlund presented Waste Management of Oklahoma with the EPA Region 6 Greenovations Award for their work at the Mosley Road Sanitary Landfill Superfund site, specifically at the East Oak Landfill portion of the Site. This first ever Greenovations Award recognizes Waste Management for their site reuse optimization, as well as an innovative gas-to-liquid project that converts landfill gas into an alternative and cleaner burning fuel product.
    News Article: Waste Management making diesel, wax from landfill gas in Oklahoma Exit Disclaimer
  • Montana State Parks announced that they will pursue development of the new Milltown State Park, to be located at the Gateway and Confluence areas of the Clark and Blackfoot Rivers. The park will be located on a portion of the Milltown Reservoir Sediments site and will include trails, parking areas, viewpoints, river access ramps and other recreational facilities.
    News Article: Milltown State Park plan finalized, but access issues remain Exit Disclaimer
  • On April 9, 2014, EPA celebrated the grand opening of the Maywood Solar Farm on the Reilly Tar & Chemical Corp. (Indianapolis Plant) Superfund site. The 10.86-megawatt facility is the largest utility scale solar farm on a Superfund site in the country, and the first such installation in Region 5. EPA Region 5 honored developer Hanwha Q Cells with the first-ever Region 5 Renew Award in recognition of their commitment to the safe and beneficial reuse of this Superfund site.
    News Article: A Breakthrough for Utility-Scale Solar on Contaminated Lands? Exit Disclaimer
  • SRI’s new video, Reuse Planning: Involving Communities in Decisions that Matter, highlights how the EPA’s reuse planning process involves communities in planning for the future use of Superfund sites.
  • Residents of Tallahassee, Florida celebrated the opening of Cascade Park, which is located on the former Cascade Park Gasification Plant. The cleverly designed world-class park is expected to be an economic catalyst for years to come. Concerts have already been scheduled in the new amphitheater. For more information, read the article Cascades Park impresses at opening ceremony Exit Disclaimeror watch the video Exit Disclaimer.
  • EPA cleanup activities and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service habitat restoration efforts have attracted over 3,000 tundra swans to a 400-acre portion of the Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Complex Superfund site in Idaho. A 2007 conservation easement established these popular clean-feeding areas for migratory wildlife on the 25-square-mile mega-site.
    News Article: Tundra Swans Flock to Restored Idaho Wetlands Exit Disclaimer
  • EPA partner, The Trust for Public Land, recently released a video about the Newark Riverfront Park project. Built on a remediated section of the Diamond Alkali Superfund site in Newark, New Jersey, the park brings new recreational amenities to a community that has not had access to the Passaic Riverfront in more than a century.
    Trust for Public Land Video: Brick City Meets Its River Exit Disclaimer
  • On February 20, 2014, at 2:30 pm EST, SRI hosted a free webinar entitled Area-Wide Planning, Superfund Sites, Environmental Justice and Green Infrastructure: Tying it All Together in the Freeport Community Planning Project. This webinar provided an in-depth look at the Freeport, Illinois, project and included topics such as restoring strained relationships between environmental justice communities and government agencies, reusing contaminated areas to improve neighborhood quality of life, and developing green and grey infrastructure strategies to reduce flood impacts on residential areas. Presenters used the Freeport Community Planning Project as a case study to show how strategically engaging an entire community in an SRI area-wide planning project can mend relationships and create forward momentum for positive neighborhood change. Visit the Clu-In website to view or download the presentations and related resources.
  • The Pacific Sound Resources Superfund site is now part of a large, innovative shipping terminal and scenic shoreline park near downtown Seattle, Washington, alongside Elliott Bay. Learn more about local economic impacts of redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and Benefit to the Community: Pacific Sound Resources Superfund Site (PDF) (8 pp, 1.3MB).
  • The 75-acre Universal Oil Products (Chemical Division) Superfund site in East Rutherford, New Jersey, now supports shopping areas and a rail line, which connects a commuter line with nearby MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants and New York Jets. Learn more about local economic impacts of redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and the Benefit to Community: Universal Oil Products (Chemical Division) Superfund Site (PDF) (6 pp, 1.2MB).
  • The 280-acre Del Amo Superfund site in Los Angeles, California is now a dynamic industrial and commercial area home to businesses specializing in freight-forwarding, warehousing, distribution and logistics. Learn more about local economic impacts of continued uses and redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and Benefit to the Community: Del Amo Superfund Site (PDF) (9 pp, 1.5MB).
  • Superfund Reuse: Bringing New Opportunities to Communities (PDF) (20 pp, 11.2MB)
    This 2013 update to the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative Brochure offers updated program information, tools, resources and contact information. The brochure also shares exciting reuse successes from all ten EPA Regions.
  • EPA’s cleanup efforts at the Gowanus Canal Superfund site in Brooklyn, New York, are attracting developers and growth to the surrounding area. In addition to restaurant and retail space, several new residential developments, including affordable housing units and units for seniors, are planned along the canal.
    News Article: With its namesake canal finally getting clean, Gowanus grows Exit Disclaimer
  • The Chemical Commodities, Inc. Superfund site in Olathe, Kansas, is now blooming with pollinator habitat gardens and buzzing with new life. This video shares the story of how a site cleanup, completed one year ahead of schedule, has been a success for plants, for people and for pollinators.
  • SRI and the Center for Conflict Prevention and Resolution sponsored a community charrette for the Paradise Creek corridor that resulted in a future use framework (PDF) (12 pp, 12.8MB, About PDF) to integrate economic development, environmental stewardship and improved transportation options.
  • SRI and EPA Region 5 sponsored an area-wide reuse planning process for the Eastside environmental justice community in Freeport, IL that resulted in a future use framework (PDF) (8 pp, 13.1MB, About PDF) to integrate green infrastructure and reduce flooding.
  • SRI and EPA Region 10 sponsored a reuse planning process for two landfills, which resulted in future use frameworks (PDF) (30 pp, 4.1MB, About PDF) to integrate mixed use development, recreational open space and remedy components within the growing City of Kent, Washington.
  • This fall, a new passive park will open at the Roebling Steel Co. Superfund site, a 1999 SRI Pilot Project site in Florence, New Jersey. The park will allow nature-lovers and bird watchers better access to view the Delaware River, providing additional recreational and ecological amenities for the community.
    News Article: One-time center of industrial might undergoes reclamation in Florence Exit Disclaimer

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  • New Superfund Reuse Economics Report - "Challenges in Applying Property Value Studies to Assess the Benefits of the Superfund Program" The Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation released a report in January 2009 that discusses the theory and applicability of hedonic price valuation, and reviews the challenges that exist when using available property value studies to assess the benefits of Superfund site cleanup activities. Learn more about insights into the effects of NPL sites on property values.

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