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Land Revitalization Summer '07 Newsletter – Most Emergency Removal Sites Returned to Original Use, Study Finds

men removing hazardous waste

EPA's Emergency Response and Removal program was established to reduce and eliminate the threats from hazardous substance releases. EPA has conducted or directed several thousand cleanups since the Superfund Emergency Response and Removal program began in 1980. However, little was known about what happened to the sites after EPA and its partners left the property.

To get a better understanding of the current land use at former removal sites, Region 3's Land Revitalization Team has conducted a land use assessment that looked at Superfund Response and Removal activities within Region 3 that were completed from 2001 to 2006.

vacant lot


Results from the study have been published in the report, Assessment of the Current Land at EPA Region 3's Emergency Response & Removal Site. The report can be found at Region 3's land revitalization website) in the near future.

The report provides information on 109 Superfund Response and Removal Sites comprising a total of 766 acres. Of the 109 sites, most removal sites were identified as Non- National Priority List (NPL) sites (93 sites) covering 463 acres. There were 16 removal actions on NPL sites covering a total of 303 acres. The assessment classifies land use at the removal sites under four main categories: continued use, reuse, planned reuse or no current use/vacant. The report further looks at what types of use are occurring on the sites, such as industrial, residential, commercial, etc. The region is comprised of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia (DC). Below outlines some key findings that were discovered as a result of the report.

Key Findings:

pie chart showing vacant, continued and planned reuse



Type of Land Use at Non-NPL Response and Removal Sites
in Region 3 that were completed between 2001 and 2006

chart showing types of land use



Article was contributed by
Helene Drago
Brownfields and Land Revitalization Office


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