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 Spotlights:
Redevelopment of Davis Timber Company Superfund Site (PDF) (1 pg, 201K, About PDF) Community vision and site owner commitment to reuse have resulted in the successful return to use of the Davis Timber Superfund site in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Redevelopment of Oeser Company Superfund Site (PDF) (1 pg, 192K) Collaborative cleanup efforts and master planning activities by the City of Bellingham, Washington, enabled the restoration of Little Squalicum Park on the Oeser Co. Superfund site.
Superfund Site Reuse Snapshot of the Month: Pemaco Maywood
Superfund Redevelopment in the News
- 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 Hedlund 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).
Program Related News
- On July 16, 2014, SRI will host Reuse Opportunities on Capped Superfund Sites -- the third webinar in SRI's 2014 Quarterly Webinar Series. Registration is free and open to the public.
- Compelling Journeys, New Opportunities: 15 Years of Superfund Redevelopment
- 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.
- Progress in Communities – Commemorating 15 Years of Superfund Redevelopment