Superfund Redevelopment Initiative
Highlighting Superfund Reuse Success
Site Reuse Spotlights:
Former Landfills to Thriving Silicon Valley Business Parks at South Bay Asbestos Area Superfund Site (PDF) (1 pg, 133K, About PDF)
Coordination and open communication between EPA and developers paved the way for mixed land uses, including two thriving business parks.
Cleanup efforts recovered Native American and Civil War-era artifacts and led to creation of the West Point Foundry Preserve, which provides recreational amenities and trails highlighting local history.
Superfund Redevelopment in the News
- In Olathe, Kansas, a former chemical recycling, storage, repackaging and distribution facility is now a remarkable ecological and environmental education resource. The Olathe Pollinator Prairie provides a vital pollinator migration corridor with habitat resources for bees, birds and butterflies. This case study explores the award-winning strategies and working relationships that led to the successful cleanup and reuse of the CCI Superfund site. Buzzing with Life: Environmental Education and Stewardship. The Chemical Commodites, Inc. Superfund Site in Olathe, Kansas (PDF) (16 pp, 2.5MB)
- After decades of waste disposal, the Brick Township Landfill in New Jersey had contaminated soil and groundwater. To help offset the cost of closing the landfill, Brick Township decided to redevelop the site as a solar power facility. With help from EPA, Brick Township led a public-private partnership that succeeded in integrating cleanup and reuse, resulting in a 7-megawatt solar facility. Brick Township Goes Solar: Redevelopment of a Superfund Site (PDF) (14 pp, 5.6MB)
On July 23, 2015, Catherine McCabe, Deputy Regional Administrator for Region 2, presented the Region’s first Excellence in Site Reuse award to Brick Township to recognize efforts to return the Brick Township Landfill Superfund site to productive use. Located in Brick Township, New Jersey, the Superfund site now hosts 24,000 solar panels which produce about 7,400 megawatt-hours of energy each year.
News Article: 'A Shining Example:' EPA Lauds Brick For Landfill-Turned-Solar Field
- Learn about the transformation of the Upper Arkansas River from a contaminated waterway to a Gold Medal Trout Stream in the new video California Gulch: From Metals to Medals.
- A legacy of mining operations in and around Leadville, Colorado, resulted in mining, milling and smelting wastes spanning more than 18 square miles. Collaboration among EPA, other federal agencies, the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE), and potentially responsible parties (PRPs) has made possible a cleanup that has supported the community’s development goals. Today, Lake County has a vibrant, increasingly diversified economy focused on the area’s rich heritage and remarkable natural resources.
Recreation and Tourism Reuse and the Benefit to Community: California Gulch (PDF) (11 pp, 1.1MB)
For over 100 years, the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Inc. (Newport Pigment Plant Landfill) Superfund site in Newport, Delaware, has supported paint pigment manufacturing. Today, cleanup has enabled the continued manufacturing of paint pigments at the site, while also facilitating new complementary uses including a 584-kilowatt solar array, an ecological restoration area and the first public park for the City of Newport.
Reuse and the Benefit to Community: E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Inc. (Newport Pigment Plant Landfill) (PDF) (4 pp, 499K)
- Decades of industrial operations at the North Penn Area 12 Superfund site Worcester Township, Pennsylvania contaminated soil and area groundwater. Cooperation between EPA and site stakeholders enabled a local business to expand its facilities on site during cleanup and resulted in a new recreation amenity for site employees. Today, an international distributor of hand tools and soldering equipment operates on the site.
Reuse and the Benefit to Community: North Penn Area 12 (PDF) (4 pp, 448K)
Program Related News
- On August 13, 2015, SRI hosted Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Perspectives on Superfund Site Reuse -- the last webinar in SRI's 2015 Quarterly Webinar Series. The archived webinar will be available online.
- EPA recognizes Kansas Department of Environmental Health and Environment, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality with 2015 Excellence in State Engagement Supporting Reuse Awards.
- The Northern Birmingham Community Coalition completed the Northern Birmingham Revitalization Action Plan (PDF) (36 pp, 7.5MB) in January 2015. U.S. EPA sponsored the formation of the Coalition to plan for the future of the communities of northern Birmingham, which face many economic, environmental and social challenges. The Coalition seeks to bring together residents, community representatives and government agencies to address issues of environmental cleanup, enforcement and community investment. Together, they have forged a shared vision and are working to create positive community change through implementation of this Action Plan.