Celebrating 14 Years of the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative
Site Reuse Spotlights
The Town of Oyster Bay, New York, is reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing their petroleum usage by using the Syosset Landfill Superfund site to house a compressed natural gas fueling center for municipal vehicles.
Previous Site Reuse Spotlights
About Superfund Redevelopment
Superfund Redevelopment at EPA helps communities return some of the nation's worst hazardous waste sites to safe and productive uses. In addition to cleaning up these Superfund sites and making them protective of human health and the environment, the Agency is working with communities and other partners in considering future use opportunities and integrating appropriate reuse options into the cleanup process. The Agency is also working with communities at sites that have already been cleaned up to ensure long-term stewardship of site remedies and to promote reuse. More about the program...
Superfund Redevelopment in the News
Plans are underway to transfer the Quincy Smelter portion of the Torch Lake Superfund site in Franklin Township, Michigan, to the National Park Service. Once preserved, the historic smelter structure may serve as the Isle Royale National Park Headquarters. SRI supported reuse planning at Quincy Smelter through a 2001 Pilot Grant and highlighted the site as a 2009 Return to Use demonstration project (PDF) (2 pp, 348K, About PDF) .
News Article: Quincy Smelter Site Removed from Superfund List
On October 1, 2013, Haverford, Pennsylvania, residents celebrated the grand opening of their new, much-anticipated Haverford Area YMCA. Many years of collaboration between Haverford Township, the Community Capital Campaign, YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity and EPA have facilitated the project on this area of the Havertown PCP Superfund site. The 75,000-square-foot recreation center includes an indoor track, gymnasium, three swimming pools, a wellness center and more.
News Article: EPA reiterates new Haverford YMCA is safe
- For the first time in more than a century, Newark, New Jersey, residents have direct access to the Passaic River. The new Newark Riverfront Park, built on a remediated section of the Diamond Alkali Superfund site (PDF) (3 pp, 10K, About PDF) , includes grassy open space, a bright orange boardwalk and a kayak and canoe launch site. The Trust for Public Land, an EPA partner, assisted with fundraising and design for the new park.
News Article: Newark Riverfront Park Built Along Superfund Site Opens to Public
Program Related News
- On September 16, 2013, SRI hosted a free public webinar entitled Reuse Planning at Superfund Sites: A Little Planning Can Go a Long Way. This webinar showed how reuse planning provides a unique opportunity for stakeholders and EPA to collaborate on the redevelopment and reuse of Superfund sites. Presenters used case studies to share how effective reuse plans and support from EPA programs such as SRI can bring communities together, build goodwill for EPA and determine the most appropriate reuse options for Superfund sites. Visit the Clu-In website to view or download the presentations and related resources.
- 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.
- On June 27, 2013, SRI hosted a free public webinar entitled How Enforcement Actions can Support Reuse at Superfund Sites. The webinar discussed the role of EPA’s cleanup enforcement program in supporting the appropriate reuse of Superfund sites. Presenters shared how enforcement tools can address liability concerns and help facilitate beneficial reuse at Superfund sites. Visit the Clu-In website to view or download the presentations and related resources.
- Superfund Reuse: Bringing New Opportunities to Communities (PDF) (20 pp, 11.2MB, About PDF)
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.