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Announcements and Press Releases
EPA Region 1 recognized several site stakeholders at the Sullivan's Ledge Superfund site and the Iron Horse Park Superfund site for their innovation and collaborative spirit that has helped bring renewable energy projects to both of these sites. EPA Region 1 also recognized Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick for facilitating an economic and regulatory environment that supports reuse.
EPA Issues First “Re-use” Awards for New England Superfund Sites
- Collaboration and cooperation among EPA and site stakeholders at the South Point Plant Superfund site in South Point, Ohio led to the site’s successful cleanup and redevelopment. Today, 21 commercial, industrial and local government facilities are open for business at the site, serving as an economic engine for surrounding communities and the tri-state region. Learn more about local economic benefits of redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and the Benefit to Community: South Point Plant Superfund Site (PDF) (7 pp, 1.1 MB).
- EPA Region 3 recognized the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, and Executive Director Dan Kunkle, with the Excellence in Site Reuse Award on September 26, 2014. The award recognizes the group who have played a critical role in the redevelopment of a large portion of the Palmerton Zinc Superfund site into a wildlife preserve and habitat that promote conservation, education and research.
News Article: Superfund to super nature: EPA honors Lehigh Gap Center for transformation to green site
On September 20, 2014, EPA recognized FMC Corporation, Warren County and the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Association with the EPA Region 3 Excellence in Site Reuse Award for their revitalization efforts at the Avtex Fibers Superfund site in Front Royal, Virginia. A day-long event celebrated the return to use of this property with members of the community, including former Avtex Fibers employees and several local, state and federal government dignitaries.
News Article: Community, state leaders celebrate Avtex site's return
The City of New Bedford, Massachusetts, aims to source 60 percent of its electricity needs through solar power. On September 19, 2014, developer SunEdison Inc. announced the completion of the second of three solar arrays for the City. The developer constructed the newest 1.8 megawatt solar array on about 10 acres of land at the Sullivan’s Ledge Superfund site.
News Article: SunEdison Announces Completion of 1.8 Megawatt Solar Electric System on Superfund Site
- On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks presented the Leading Environmentalism and Forwarding Sustainability (L.E.A.F.S.) award to Walmart and to the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association for the reuse of the Kansas City Structural Steel Site. This former industrial site is now a Walmart Neighborhood Market, bringing new jobs and opportunity to the community.
- On September 10, 2014, SRI hosted Capped Superfund Site Reuse: In-Depth Case Studies – the fourth webinar in SRI's 2014 Quarterly Webinar Series. The archived webinar is available online.
- A public-private partnership in Plainwell, Michigan, has restored a vital part of the region’s economy, history and heritage. The 36-acre Plainwell Paper Mill, part of the Allied Paper/Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund site, is now home to renovated office space. A former dewatering facility has become the city’s public safety building. The area is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the city is focused on bringing trails and new residential and commercial ventures to the site. Case Study: Historic Preservation and Mixed-Use Superfund Redevelopment, The Plainwell Paper Mill (PDF) (16 pp, 1.7MB)
- The 7-acre General Mills/Henkel Corp. Superfund site in Minneapolis, Minnesota now supports over 50 small businesses, adding cultural vitality to the area and bolstering the local economy. Learn more about local economic impacts of redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and the Benefit to Community: General Mills/Henkel Corp. Superfund Site (PDF) (6 pp, 877K).
On August 7, 2014, EPA Region 4 celebrated the transformation of the Martin-Marietta Sodyeco Superfund site in Charlotte, North Carolina, into ReVenture Park , an eco-industrial park that aims to attract green companies promoting clean energy, alternative fuels and recycling. EPA recognized site developer, Forsite Development, with a Region 4 Excellence in Site Reuse Award at a ceremony attended by more than 170 people.
Video: The Story of ReVenture Park
News Article: ReVenture Park unveiling celebrates green industry built on brownfields site
News Article: Eco-industrial park near Mount Holly gaining steam
- Collaboration and cooperation among EPA and site stakeholders at the FMC Corp. (Yakima Pit) Superfund Site in Yakima, Washington led to the site’s successful cleanup and redevelopment. Today, a home-and-garden business and a recreational vehicle (RV) repair facility operate on the site. Learn more about local economic impacts of redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and the Benefit to Community: FMC Corp. (Yakima Pit) Superfund Site (PDF) (4 pp, 772K).
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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
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
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
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?
- 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 or watch the video .
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- New in-depth case studies released:
- New reuse resources released:
- New reuse videos released:
- New SRI webinars:
- Making Superfund Site Reuse a Priority: Why Reuse Is Part of Your Job on January 29, 2013.
- Ecological Revitalization of Contaminated Properties on March 19, 2013.
- How Enforcement Actions can Support Reuse at Superfund Sites on June 27, 2013.
- Reuse Planning at Superfund Sites: A Little Planning Can Go a Long Way on September 16, 2013.
- New Return to Use Initiative Demonstration Project fact sheets posted for 2012.
- On April 15, 2013, EPA Region 4 honored Haywood Vocational Opportunity (HVO) with the Excellence in Site Reuse Award for their role in the cleanup and redevelopment of the Benfield Industries site in Waynesville, North Carolina.
- Reuse in the News:
- News Article: EPA Participates in Blue Mountain Tree Planting Project at Palmerton Zinc Superfund Site
- News Article: Newark Riverfront Park Built Along Superfund Site Opens to Public
- News Article: Massive Panhandle Wind Farm to Fuel Pantex Plant
- News Article: HVO receives Excellence in Site Reuse Award from the EPA
- News Article: EPA reiterates new Haverford YMCA is safe
- News Article: Quincy Smelter Site Removed from Superfund List
- News Article: DuPont's new solar array presented unique challenges
- News Article: Approval gained to build on South Street Superfund site
- News Article: Whole Foods in Gowanus Symbolizes Area's Redevelopment
- New local economic impact case studies released:
- Reuse and Benefits to the Community at the Benfield Industries Site (PDF) (5 pp, 365K)
- Reuse and the Benefit to Community: Joslyn Manufacturing & Supply Co., Brooklyn Center, Minnesota (PDF) (7 pp, 925K)
- Reuse and the Benefit to the Community: Koppers Coke Superfund site, Saint Paul, Minnesota (PDF) (7 pp, 612K)
- Reuse and the Benefit to Community: Macalloy Corporation, Charleston, South Carolina (PDF) (6 pp, 389K)
- Reuse and the Benefit to Community: Murray Smelter Superfund site, Murray City, Utah (PDF) (7 pp, 1.0MB)
- Reuse and the Benefit to Community: Solitron Microwave, Port Salerno, Florida (PDF) (5 pp, 607K)
- Reuse and the Benefit to Community: South Point Plant, South Point, Ohio (PDF) (7 pp, 850K)
- Reuse and the Benefit to the Community: Vertac, Inc. Superfund site, Jacksonville, Arkansas (PDF) (8 pp, 610K)
- New reuse fact sheets released:
- New reuse technical reports released:
- New reuse videos released:
- New SRI webinars:
- Recognizing the Positive Economic Impacts of Superfund Reuse on August 22, 2012
- Food for Thought: Gardening on Superfund Sites on May 23, 2012
- Mayor Perspectives on Exploring the Reuse of Hazardous Waste Sites in Your Community on March 21, 2012
- Aligning Remedies with Reuse: From Superfund Sites to Soccer Fields on January 25, 2012
- New Ready for Reuse (RfR) Determinations:
- On August 31, 2012, Region 6 signed the Big Tex Grain Ready for Reuse (RfR) Determination (PDF) (30 pp, 2.4MB)
- On March 22, 2012, Region 4 signed the LCP Chemicals Operable Unit 3 Quadrant 1 Ready for Reuse (RfR) Determination (PDF) (15 pp, 3.3MB)
- EPA Region 1 released Process for Risk Evaluation, Property Analysis and Reuse Decisions (PREPARED) Workbook to assist local governments considering the reuse of contaminated properties.
- EPA Region 4 presented Excellence in Site Reuse Awards:
- On November 8, 2012, EPA Region 4 honored the South Carolina Electric & Gas Company and the City of Charleston with the Excellence in Site Reuse Award for their roles in the cleanup and redevelopment of the Calhoun Park Area site in Charleston, South Carolina.
- On May 7, 2012, EPA Region 4 recognized Lexington County, South Carolina for their tireless efforts to re develop the Lexington County Landfill Superfund site into a University of South Carolina (USC) golf practice facility, Lexington County Sandhills Collection and Recycling Center and several community recreational amenities.
- On April 12, 2012, EPA Region 4 recognized the City of Camilla, Georgia, with an Excellence in Site Reuse Award for their efforts to redevelop the Camilla Wood Preserving Superfund site.
- Reuse in the News:
- New reuse case studies released:
- Engaging Early in the Superfund Process, Enabling Cleanup and Reuse: Former Spellman Engineering Case Study (PDF) (14 pp, 1.9MB)
- Integrating the "3Rs": Remediation, Restoration and Redevelopment: The Milltown Reservoir Sediments Site and Missoula County, Montana (PDF) (14 pp, 2.3MB)
- Cleanup and Mixed-Use Revitalization on the Wasatch Front: The Midvale Slag Superfund Site and Midvale City, Utah (18 pp, 1.9MB)
- New local economic impact case studies released:
- New reuse videos released:
- New Return to Use Initiative Demonstration Project fact sheets posted for 2011.
- EPA Identifies 65 New Sites as Meeting the Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use Measure
- Superfund Milestone Achieved: Hipps Road Landfill Superfund Site, Jacksonville Heights, Florida is 500th Site to meet SWRAU Performance Measure.
- East Helena Superfund site reuse planning charette results in Defining our Future: East Helena Redevelopment Initiative, East Helena, Montana (PDF) (12 pp, 6.6MB)
- On November 10, 2011, SRI hosted the webinar Reusing Superfund Sites for Recreational Purposes.
- On July 15, 2011, EPA Region 7 issued its first Ready for Reuse (RfR) Determination. The RfR Determination is for the White Farm Equipment Co. Dump Site (PDF) (26 pp, 1.1MB) in Charles City, Iowa.
- Reuse in the News:
- Former Spellman Engineering site. News Article: How To: Play Ball! Integrating Cleanup and Reuse
- South Point Plant Superfund site. News Article: Chatham Steel Cuts Ribbon on South Point Facility, Bringing 40 New Jobs
- W.R. Grace & Co. Inc. Superfund site. News Article: Late resident's estate provides dollars for a township dog park
- Reynolds Metals Company Superfund site. Award: Phoenix Grand Prize
- New 2010 guidance document released: Considering Reasonably Anticipated Future Land Use and Reducing Barriers to Reuse at EPA-lead Superfund Remedial Sites (PDF) (14 pp, 1.5MB)
- EPA Identifies 66 New Sites as Meeting the Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use Measure
- New reuse case studies released:
- New reuse videos released:
- New Superfund ecological reuse report released: Ecological Revitalization: Turning Contaminated Properties Into Community Assets (PDF) (83pp, 8MB)
- On October 25, 2010, EPA Region 10 signed the Eastern Michaud Flats, FMC Plant Operable Unit Ready for Reuse Determination (PDF) (29 pp, 12.8MB)
- Information on the SRI 10 Year Anniversary
- On July 27, 2009, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, the Kootenai Business Park Industrial District, and the Lincoln County Commissioners broke ground for the new Stringer Welding manufacturing plant in Libby, Montana. The plant is being developed at the Stimson Lumber Mill site, which is part of the Libby Asbestos Superfund site. More information on the Stimson event.
- On July 9, over sixty Woolfolk Chemical stakeholders-organizations and individuals- were presented with Region 4 ’s “Excellence in Site Reuse” award at a ceremony in Fort Valley, Georgia. The award was given on the national Superfund Redevelopment Initiative’s 10th Anniversary.
- New reuse case study released: Many Diversified Interests, Inc. (MDI) Case Study (PDF) (12 pp, 3.1MB)
- In December 2008, EPA Region 4 presented the Port Salerno Industrial Park (PSIP) in Port Salerno, Florida with an "Excellence in Site Reuse" award. PSIP received the award for developing the Solitron Microwave Superfund Site in a manner which has enhanced EPA's cleanup approach at the site and resulted in the revitalization of the property and the surrounding community. More Information...
- 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.